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Simplicity Sewing Patterns in General
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Simplicity Sewing Patterns in General
Advantages: Making you own clothes enables you to have a better `fit`.
Disadvantages: It could look daunting to anyone who hasn't ever seen a paper pattern before!
Just a little bit of information about the company themselves...The Simplicity Pattern Company was founded in New York way back in 1927.Now a Worldwide company that offers sewing patterns with step by step instructions to anyone who enjoys crafts and home sewing. The patterns are are designed, produced and marketed by Simplicity themselves. Their patterns also go under the name of `New Look` too.
I'm sure that the amount of affordable clothing provided by the retailing giants must have significantly impacted on the need for homemade garments these days. You can go into Asda George, Tesco and Primark and buy clothing at ridiculous prices now.
But I still like to keep my hand in and often head off to the fabric shop to look at the new patterns available.
I think it is the thrill of putting a garment together from cutting the fabric out to finally taking the hemline up.
Most fabric stores stock Simplicity and New Look paper patterns.
They have an enormous pattern book that shows all of the different styles already made up.
From day dresses to nightwear and trousers to wedding dresses, there is a pattern for most occasion.
The patterns retail at between £5 and £6 each. So your first step would be to choose the pattern that you wanted and then take a browse around the different fabrics and pick a suitable fabric to match the pattern. Most sales assistants are only too willing to help you come to the right decision regarding the choice of fabric.
The pattern comes in an envelope, slightly smaller than A4 size.
When you open the envelope and take out the contents you will find lots of sheets of thick tissue paper inside, all of these pieces have the diagrams printed on them for different parts of the garment.
The next step is to lay one piece at a time out on the table (or the floor) and then cut the diagram templates out. The cut along edges are very clearly marked.
But before you make the first cut remember that the pattern caters for a few different sizes, so you need to make sure you are cutting out the right size.
When you have finished cutting you will have lots of pieces, all different shapes and sizes. If you have never had anything to do with paper patterns before then im sure its all going to look like a jigsaw puzzle!
The next step is to pin your pattern pieces onto your fabric, ready to cut them out. But yet again you have to take note that the various pattern pieces must be pinned to the fabric in different ways. Large arrows on the pattern parts will indicate which way the template needs to be laid on the fabric. This is important because the way you cut your fabric has a huge effect on the overall finish of the garment.
Each paper piece needs to be pinned in place before any cutting takes place, this ensures that the fabric doesn't `slip` away from the scissors, then you carry on cutting out until you have done all of the pieces required for that particular garment.
Now all of these instructions look far more complicated than they probably are!
The paper pattern comes complete with a full page of comprehensive instructions which take you through the process step by step.
So from the minute that you open the pattern envelope you have instructions that will guide you from beginning to end.
I learnt to use a paper pattern when I was at school, im not sure if they are used in schools now though!
The patterns are reusable, if you are careful with all of the pieces then they can all be folded and kept.
If you make your own dress, skirt then you can tailor it to meets your own needs. For example my hips are larger than my bust, so I can allow for that when im making up the garment.
Making your own clothes isn't a cheap option, the cost of the pattern, the fabric, any zips, buttons or thread that are needed will more than likely cost far more than buying something off the peg from a Department store.
But making your own clothes can often give you quality , a better fit and maybe if you were using a classic pattern, clothes that would last for years!
I'm sure that many Brides would love a hand-sewn dress, at least it would be unique.
So its about time I stopped rabbiting on now!
But its a satisfying way of spending some time. At the end of the day you feel as though you have accomplished something.
Don't forget that Simplicity have a brilliant selection of Craft patterns, from pet accessories to dolls clothes.
They also have a good range of patterns to use for Home decoration, blinds and bed covers.
If you are interested they have a really handy website, just type `Simplicity` into a search engine and you will see what I mean.
Summary: If you have basic sewing knowledge then you can easily get into the swing.
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