Most hobbies in the arts and crafts field will require the use of patterns at some point in the processes. Sewing is no exception. Most people will use mass-produced sewing patterns by Simplicity or another major pattern manufacturer like Vogue orMcCall. A few folks who have years to decades of experience will make their own pattern.
The first sewing patterns were created for the fashion industry. These were created from sample garments that were made by the clothing designers. Now patterns are mass-produced and are printed on fine tissue paper. They are sold in packets and will contain instructions for cutting. On the back of the packet are suggestions for fabric, trims and other notions.
Sewing patterns are available in all sizes for women, men and children. You can find everything from stylish modern patterns to vintage sewing patterns. There are also sewing patterns for seasonal crafts, purses, quilts, kids crafts, home décor and just about anything else that you can think of creating.
One of the oldest sewing pattern manufacturers is the Simplicity Pattern Company. Now a part of Simplicity Creative Group, the company was founded in 1927 to produce, design and market sewing patterns. They are headquartered in New York City which is home to major fashion industry houses and garment industry headquarters.
After choosing your pattern read the back of the packet carefully. There will be information on the back about choosing the right fabric and what yardage to purchase. It will also tell you if the pattern you have selected is right for plaids, stripes and other designs or if the pattern would be better in a solid color. You will need to take all of this into consideration when you buy your material. Also at the time of purchase be sure to pick up any thread, trims or buttons and zippers that you might need.
When you get home carefully remove the pattern from the packet. Look over the pattern and trim to the size you need by using sharp scissors. Lay the pattern out on the material according to the pattern instructions. Secure with pins. Trim along the indicated lines with your scissors being careful to pay attention to any marks on the paper. When this is complete you are now ready to head to the sewing machine and begin sewing.
Congratulations! You are now on your way to a completed sewing project!