Understanding a Commercial Pattern

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Do you like to feel unique – a one off? We all know what it is like to go from store to store trying on different garments and just not finding exactly what you had in mind – How much easier would it be to just look through the latest Pattern catalogue with hundreds of new seasons fashions and select a pattern.

At the end of this class, you will understand all the pattern terminology and funny sewing language! Your sewing skills and knowledge improve each time you use a pattern.


 $60 – 1 x  3 hour class. 10am – 1pm

What you will learn

  • Competence in navigating the pattern catalogue for selection of required pattern.
  • Understand the terminology of the pattern with all the special sewing language of its own.
  • The three information elements of a commercial pattern…The envelope, cutting out and construction instruction sheet and the pattern tissue pieces.
  • Pattern Envelope: understanding body measurements, description of garment, suggested fabrics, calculating required amount of fabric, required notions,  understanding nap, finished garment measurements chart.
  • Instruction sheet: Cutting and laying up of fabric, different legends, symbols and terminology, garment assembly instructions and pictures.
  • Tissue pattern pieces: Notches, straight grain line, transferring markings to fabric, identification  information of pattern (e.g. size, name of piece, view number, style number.
  • How to trace your size with the multi-sized pattern.
  • Tailor tacking for transfer of dart markings.
  • Samples of lengthening and shortening of the pattern piece.
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From an absolute beginner not even knowing  what a pattern looks like to anyone who would like to improve their understanding of a pattern.

What to Bring:

  • Actually what not to bring!!!
  • You will not need to bring your sewing machine as mainly theory and hands-on activities.  The materials will be supplied in the cost of the class.

Booking Information:

Please contact Loretta for enrolment on info@lorettasinstitches.com.au

Mobile:  0422837256  Landline:  5447 2823

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