Today we’ll be looking at how to mark pattern pieces for sewing. I spent a lot of time trying and failing doing this, so if you’re stuck with a pattern and don’t know how to mark it – hopefully this will help!
A typical pattern looks somewhat like this. First, make sure all pattern pieces are in the envelope by looking at the cutting guide.
When cutting and marking patterns you’ll need a few tools. First; dressmakers tracing paper. You can buy it in packets with many colors at your local sewing supply shop, so they’ll suit different fabrics. I like to use a vivid color with a darker fabric so you’ll see the markings better. Second, a tracing wheel to run over the lines and third tailors chalk to mark notches. You’ll also need needles to pin your pattern to fabric.
First, place your pattern piece on the grainline indicated (thats the black arrow). This line needs to align with the fabrics thread direction. In most fabrics this is easy to spot. Place the pattern piece on the right side of your fabric, the wrong side will be marked for sewing.
Whilst making this guide I realised that I’d already cut the opposite side of this pattern piece, so I had to flip it. Sorry! Pin your pattern piece to your fashion fabric, and try to avoid bulks.
Then you cut your piece using a pair of dressmakers scissors. It’s a good ide to invest a slump of money in this tool because you’ll use it a lot! Remember to never ever cut anything but fabric with your dressmakers scissors, they’ll dull. When cutting your pattern piece, remember to lay your left hand flat on the pattern piece whilst cutting. Never lift the fabric whilst cutting, simply cut it flat.
Now you’ve cut your piece, and we’ll continue onto marking your fabric with all these lovely lines and notches.
Place your pattern piece on the dressmakers tracing paper, with the colored side of the paper up.
Use your tracing wheel to mark the lines. Roll with gentle force.
Now you’ll have lines to indicate your seamline, center line and so on.
The triangles on each side mark where this pattern piece will match others with the same number. Make a tiny notch with your scissors, and mark the number of the notch on the back of the pattern piece.
And voilà! You’ve successfully marked your pattern piece! Remember to write the number of the pattern piece with a water dissolvable marker, and preferrably it’s function too (ex front pants).
Then you follow the same recipe for larger pattern pieces like these:
Remember to write all info, like waistline, center back and front seam as well as zipper markings on the fabric. It’s easy to forget, and very annoying to keep looking back on the paper pattern. I hope this was helpful to you, and don’t hesitate to tell me if there is anything specific you’d like a guide on.