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Sewing instructions for PatternMaker patterns

When you buy your fabric, ask how much it will shrink when washed. In all cases, when the fabric is washable and when you are not sure that the fabric won't shrink, it is safe to wash and iron it before cutting.  Don't forget to preshrink lining as well.

Cut pattern pieces on folded fabric, right side of the fabric folded inwards.  Make the necessary marks on the fabric with chalk or pencil.  If the fabric is plaid, striped or checkered, align the hem lines at the same point on the repeating pattern. For sleeves, the repeating pattern should match where the bottom of the armscye and bottom of sleeve cap meet. Vertical centerline of sleeve should be placed at a vertical stripe or at center of a plaid square. Jacket, blouse and dress front center should be placed the same way.

Transfer notch marks from your pattern to the fabric by cutting snips (depth 1/4 inch 5 mm) into seam allowances.  When joining garment pieces, place corresponding notch marks in the two pieces together.

Cut and iron interfacings onto under collars, facings, waist bands, slit facings, blouse and shirt button extensions and sleeve cuffs.  If you use interfacing at jacket's hem seam allowance, you get a neat hem.

If you sew a patch pocket and don't line it, fasten interfacing to it also.  Woven interfacing gives the best results.  The macros draw all facings on top of the garment pieces, with dashed lines.  If you want to print them apart from the pieces, use the Move command to move them before printing.

Cut lining along with garment patterns without space for facings (but remember to add seam allowances) and hem seam allowances.  Do not cut lining for collars.  Lining fabric usually is not as elastic as garment fabric, so cut it with about  1/8 inch (0.3 cm) wider seam allowances than for the garment pieces.

Use the longest possible machine stitches for basting.  It is quick and the stitches can easily be removed. 

The macros make the patterns without seam allowances.  If you want to add seam allowances, use PatternMaker's Draw Offset and Draw Seam Allowances commands.  The suggested seam widths are 3/8 inch (1 cm) for most seams, and 1 - 1/2 inch (4 cm) for hems and sleeve ends without cuffs.  When you are sewing your first garment with PatternMaker patterns, add extra seam allowance so that you can make corrections to the garment if it should be necessary. 

You will get the best result if you always press seams and darts as you sew.  First iron seams or darts flat without turning them to either direction.  Then press them towards center, side seam towards front.  Two-piece sleeve seams are both pressed towards shoulder mark.  Use a steam iron.  If you press seams from right side of the fabric, use pressing cloth if necessary.
Edgestitching gives a well-finished look to garment, but only if it is straight and even.  Long stitches of 1/4 inch (4-5 mm) look best in edgestitching.  Sew edgestitching only after you have ironed the seam.


Sew seam to the point where zipper begins and continue zipper's full length with basting. Press the seam open.  Remove basting stitches.  Mark front (or back) centerline with basting (1).  Fold one seam allowance of zipper placket at about 1/4 inch (0.5 cm) distance from front (or back) centerline (2).  Sew one zipper edge under the extended seam allowance (3).  Close zipper placket temporarily with pins on right side of garment (4).  On wrong side pin other zipper edge flat on seam allowance (5).  Make certain that the zipper is straight and lies flat at an even distance from edges of seam allowance.

Remove pins from right side.  Sew from wrong side through all thicknesses, across bottom (6) and up the pinned edge of zipper near zipper teeth.  If you want to, you can sew a second row of stitches one presser foot's distance from the first one (7).  If you are making jeans or other pants that need to be very strong, strengthen bottom of zipper placket with tight zigzag (bartack) on right side. 

If you want to create an UNNOTICEABLE ZIPPER PLACKET, sew zipper directly onto garment seam, placing zipper upside down on a basted seam on wrong side of garment.  The distance between the seam and the zipper stitching is the width of the presser foot.  Basting is removed after sewing.  This kind of a zipper is good for a dress back seam and is also widely used in skirts. 


Overlock edges of waistband.  Fold waistband lengthwise, right side out, and press.  Sew one horizontal edge of waistband to garment, right sides together (1).  Space for button and buttonhole extends beyond center front mark at each end of the band.  Garment's waist should always be slightly larger than waistband.  Easestitch garment waist to fit waistband. 

Fold waistband lengthwise, right side inside, and sew across one end  (buttonhole end) (2).  Cut corners and turn waistband right side out.  Press seam allowance upward (it will be inside waistband when finished).  Fold seam allowance of waistband in about 5 cm from each end (3). Leave rest of waistband seam allowance flat.  Stitch on right side of garment along first stitch line (4).  Sew buttonhole and fasten button.


Overlock back center seam.  Baste seam for zipper (1), sew back center seam between zipper and slit (2), and baste folding line for slit (3).  Press seam open.  Cut seam allowance diagonally at upper end of slit (4). 

Fold vertical seam allowance of one half of slit inside, and edgestitch (5). Press flat (6).  Fold other half of slit (along right side of back centerline) inwards and sew across bottom at hemline (7).  Turn slit out to its correct position.  Strengthen top of slit with horizontal or diagonal stitch line thorough all thicknesses on right side (8). 


For the collar, cut 2 pieces of fabric and 1 piece of interfacing.  The under  collar piece is on the inside, hidden by the upper piece, when the garment is completed.

Overlock button placket and front center edges.  Sew front center seam from hem to where button placket begins (1).  Fold button placket inwards along fold line and sew along bottom (2) and top (3) ends from fold line to front center.  Cut seam allowances diagonally at point where seam ends, so that button placket can be turned right side out. 

Turn button placket right side out (4).  Place button plackets' front center marks on top of each other and sew a box at bottom end of placket.  Stitch through all layers of fabric. 

Iron interfacing to under collar.  Turn bottom seam allowance of under collar inside and baste (5).  Place collar pieces with right sides together and sew along edges (6).  Trim seam  allowances and cut corners. Turn right side out.  Sew raw edge of upper collar to shell's neck from front center to front center, right sides together.  Press seam allowance upwards and pin basted edge of under collar on top of previous seam.  Sew. If you have difficulties in sewing a neat collar, sew basted edge of under collar by hand. 


The hood piece in the pattern makes one half of the hood.  Cut 4 pieces, 2 of garment fabric and 2 of lining fabric.  The lining pieces can also be of same or similar fabric, if desired.  Sew both outer pieces together, , right sides together (1).  Do the same with the lining pieces.  Snip the seam allowance along the curved  section at back of hood at intervals of about 3/4 inch or 2 cm (2). 

The openings for the drawstring are sewn like small buttonholes at right side of hood  3/4 inch (2 cm) from front edge and 1 1/2 inches (4 cm) from bottom edge (3).  To strengthen button holes, iron interfacing to wrong side of fabric before sewing button holes. Turn neck seam allowance of hood lining inwards and baste (4).  Place lining and hood right sides together and sew along front edges (5).  Turn hood right side out. 

Sew hood to neck of shell,right sides together, from center front to center front.  Press seam upwards and pin the basted edge of hood lining onto seam.  Sew near edge. 

Sew a 3/4 inch (2 cm) wide tube for strings at front edge (6). 


Fold in seam allowance of one long edge of sleeve cuff and baste (1).  Fold cuffs horizontally in two, right sides inside, and sew along ends (2).  Note that seam allowance of one edge has been folded in, but the other is unfolded, so the edges don't meet.  Cut seam allowance diagonally at corners and turn 
cuffs right side out. 

Cut slits at ends of sleeves and overlock edges.  Turn seam allowances inside and edgestitch on right side (3).  Fold slit with right side inside and sew across bottom of slit (4). 

Fold ease of sleeve ends into soft pleats near split (5).  Sew raw edges of  cuffs to sleeve ends with right side of cuff against wrong side of sleeve. Turn seam allowance inside cuffs and press.  Pin basted edge of cuff onto previous seam and edgestitch from right side. 

Sew buttonholes and attach buttons to cuffs. 


Cut 4 pieces for pockets, 2 for pocket back pieces and 2 for pocket linings. 

Place pocket lining piece on the shell, right sides together.  Sew along pocket mouth (1).  Cut seam allowance diagonally (2).  Turn pocket lining to inside and topstitch pocket mouth (3).  Place pocket back piece under pocket lining piece edges matching (4).  Sew and overlock along round and bottom edges.  Pocket back piece is attached to side seam when sides are sewn.  Be careful not to sew pocket mouth. 

You get detailed sewing instructions for different garments by moving to the following pages.

Sewing instructions for

| Ladies | Men | Children | Women's Lingerie |

men's waistcoats ( single-breasted, double-breasted, dress),
Note that the finished vest patterns include seam allowances, which is 3/8". Also note that the vest patterns are from a very old book, so the fit is snug. If you want the more trendy loose fitting look, try adding a few inches to the measurements.
men's pants.
women's bodice front sloper.
women's bodice back sloper.
women's one-piece sleeve sloper.
women's skirt sloper <-- NEW!.

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