A ‘pattern‘ means in this context, a rough sheet of paper, scrap fabric, newspaper/magazine used to construct the design we want to see on our fabric. So rather than go straight to cutting out our design or style on our fabric, we begin first with our scrap paper, fabric or newspaper. This is because we do not want to end up wasting our fabrics due to mistakes or imperfections. So making a pattern helps you straight out all you want to straighten out and also help you decide which design you want to make before you trace and cut them out from your fabric.
Princess seam: Have you ever wanted to make a padded blouse and didn’t have the faintest idea how to begin? Well this is where Princess dart/seam comes in. A princess seam/dart is a long rounded seam sewn into women’s blouses, shirts or jackets, to add shaping or a tailored fit to closely follow a woman’s shape. They are sewn into the front and/or back of a shirt, blouse or gown and usually extend from the waist up to the arms. They are slightly different from the regular darts we know because they run continuously from either the top of the blouse or arm region of the blouse to the end of it.
There are several ways to construct a princess seam/dart. It could be either from the (1)armhole region,(2)neck or (3)from the shoulders. Some are cut through completely and then joined back to the garment or are nipped through.
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1. Scrap paper/fabric/newspaper/cardboard e.t.c: If you are beginner, please use any one of the items listed, because this is just a pattern, like earlier mentioned. So we are not going to be using our fabric of choice.
5. Measuring tape and Tracing wheel
6. Already-made T-shirt or blouse to trace
Now that we have all that we need, let’s begin
1. Making the Front Piece: Fold one of your scrap paper/fabric/newspaper/brown paper into equal halves. Like this:
2. Making the Back pieces: Fold your second scrap paper into equal halves and then place your front piece(which should be folded back into equal halves) 1.5” away from the folded area. Unlike the front piece, the 1.5 inches is to accommodate for zip allowance, since this pattern is for a non-stretch fabric. When done, remove your front piece and your second scrap paper will look like this:
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