Sewing Patterns 101: Learn to Read Sewing Patterns
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Sewing Patterns 101: Learn to Read Sewing Patterns

Learn how to read any kinds of sewing pattern - from printed patterns to PDF patterns and even vintage patterns.
4.5 (5 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
38 students enrolled
Created by Ariana Bauer
Last updated 3/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Read and understand traditional printed sewing patterns.
  • Read and understand PDF sewing patterns.
  • Read and understand vintage and antique sewing patterns.
  • Learn to assemble PDF sewing patterns.
  • Find and buy sewing patterns in store and online.
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Requirements
  • Students need a love of sewing and no prior knowledge is necessary.
Description

Learn to read any sewing pattern - from classic printed patterns to PDF patterns and vintage patterns. Get tips and tricks to select a size that actually fits. Find out some of the best places to buy sewing patterns - in stores and on the web.

Sewing Patterns Do Not Have to Be Scary - Learn to Tackle Sewing Patterns In This Detailed Course

  • Follow along with me as we explore the tissue pattern pieces
  • Learn to translate the manufacturer instructions so you can easily get sewing
  • Tap into the wide world of PDF sewing patterns and learn to assemble them like a pro
  • Unlock the mysteries of vintage dot sewing patterns

Get started on the road to sewing by learning the fundamentals of sewing patterns. Sewing patterns have been around for years and years. If you want to sew, then you are familiar with the overwhelming selection at big box stores. How do you know which one to choose?  How do you know you will able to sew it? What do all of those symbols mean? In this course, you will learn about nearly any type sewing pattern and how to read them.

Garment sewing is a fun and exciting hobby. Whether you want to so sew clothing for yourself or others, sewing patterns are one of the most essential elements you will need. We will be focusing on going through all of the parts of a sewing pattern in detail so you are able to read common manufacturers, such as Simplicity and McCalls. 

PDF sewing patterns have also gained popularity and are readily available on the web. We will cover the process of printing out the patterns and assembling them so you will never be afraid to try a pattern you find on the web. Additionally, I will take the mystery out of using vintage dot style patterns as we go over a 1940s era sewing pattern.

By then end of this class, you will be a pro at reading sewing patterns. Let's dive into sewing together!



Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for true beginners wanting to learn to sew garments.
  • This course is for experienced sewers who want to update their skills or learn more about alternate styles of sewing patterns.
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Curriculum For This Course
11 Lectures
01:12:27
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Getting Started
11 Lectures 01:12:27

Let's get started learning about the many different kinds of sewing patterns.  Whether you are learning to sew for yourself or someone else, this is the perfect place to get started.

Preview 01:04

Buying a sewing pattern sounds easy, but with all of the selection out there how do you know where to go and what to buy? In this lecture we will go over the many places - both in person and on the web - you can buy sewing patterns.  The resource list provided is essential so be sure to download it.

Preview 09:01

The easiest sewing patterns to find are modern printed paper patterns.  These patterns are sold in an envelope and contain all of the pieces you need with instructions.  In two part lecture, we will go over the details hidden on the front and back of a Kwik Sew sewing pattern.

Reading the Front and Back of a Sewing Pattern - Part 1
10:01

Continue learning about modern printed paper patterns. We will go over a Vogue sewing pattern and a vintage 1940s pattern..

Reading the Front and Back of a Sewing Pattern - Part 2
07:17

Take a brief moment to unpack the envelope of a modern printed paper pattern with me.  See what is in the envelope and get ready to get detailed.

Unpacking the Envelope
01:49

Take a detailed look with me at the many different sections of the instructions sheet of a modern printed sewing pattern. Learn tips and tricks about the instructions sheets that I have learned through experience over the years.

The Instructions Sheet
13:07

Dig right in to the actual pattern pieces as we unfold the tissue paper together. I will show you how I separate the pieces to make it easier to manage and learn about sizing and pattern markings.

The Tissue Paper Pattern
07:05

PDF sewing patterns are fun and readily available. Discover how to assemble PDF sewing patterns that you print at home. We will assemble a full sewing pattern together so get the tape ready!

Assembling and Reading PDF Patterns
12:23

Vintage sewing patterns can be very confusing as they are very different than the modern printed patterns we have seen already. Dig in and unlock the mysteries of vintage dot sewing patterns.

Unpacking and Reading Vintage Patterns
08:09

Think before you cut! Learn about the many different considerations you need to think about before you take a scissors to that pattern paper.

Before You Cut a Size or View
01:45

Let's see what you have learned.  In your final project you will go out shop for your very own sewing pattern. Use the worksheet provided to get ready to sew your first (or next) sewing pattern.  Happy sewing!

Final Project
00:46
About the Instructor
Ariana Bauer
4.5 Average rating
5 Reviews
38 Students
1 Course
Sewing Teacher, Seamstress, and Mom

I have been obsessed with sewing and textiles for as long as I can remember.  I started sewing and designing at the age of 6 and have been honing my crafts ever since.  I am a couture seamstress and am trained in fine French embroidery styles (tambour style embroidery) and textiles artist (spinning, weaving, dying, and painting).

I have a studio near St. Louis, MO where I make custom clothing, create patterns, and teach.

I am a devoted mom of two amazing boys who bring me inspiration every day and I have an amazing husband who supports me in all of my endeavors.