How to Make your Own Sewing Pattern Templates

Welcome to Tuesday’s Tips from SewVeryEasy,
my name is Laura. And the one thing about sewing our own clothes is the fit. And once we get that fit, how do we maintain it and transfer it to other clothing patterns? Well, I use a template. And let me show you how simple it is to make a template of your favorite pattern. Once I’ve made all the adjustments on my patterns and I know that my garment fits well, I transfer my markings onto another pattern. I use a product that’s very similar to interfacing and it’s actually designed for pattern- making. This one is from Pellon. It’s called Easy Pattern®. The nice thing is that you can sew on it, you can see through it, and it’s quite stable. Once I have the pattern I will then take all the markings that I’ve made on my pattern and I transfer it to this permanent template. I put all the markings that I like and I trimmed it down to the size that I want and I’ve added to where I’ve wanted it. Now this is a comfortable pair of pants for me. I also do lines throughout the leg on the pant patterns for shorts. This particular line I’ve actually written “No shorter,” because this is the shortest that I like. This goes to my knee, this is below my knee, Capris, and long pants. And at the top I do something a little bit different. First of all, I want to have a pair of pants with that little flap in it, but sometimes I want just a plain front. So what I’ve done is I’ve taken a little snip out of that pattern so that I can fold that down and cut along that line, omitting that fly. This pattern fits perfect in my waist with a waistband. But I don’t always want a waistband. I want a drawstring, so I stitched a piece right on. Then I’m going to be able to move the flap, fold that down, and now I have the measurement that I want for a drawstring pant. I’ve also put pocket markings on it, my grain lines, and my crotch lines. And I do the same for the back. The top piece is going to be for fitted pants, but I’ve also stitched on that secondary piece to give me that drawstring back, with all the same markings on it. And I do one other thing, and it doesn’t matter where it is on this pattern. I put a pocket. And in the pocket has some of the things that I’m going to use, which is a waistband and my fly fronts, and I can put it right back in that pocket, so I know where it is at any given time. So I now will use this as a template over top of a new pattern that I want to try. Here’s a new pattern that I want to make but I want to make sure that this fit is going to fit me the way I like it. So I will use my template. I can either put the template over top because I can see through this, or lay it down and place the pattern on top. Because this pattern does not have a fly, I’m going to be able to tuck that fly in out of the way. I will line it up to the markings that I’ve made—the grain lines and the crotch lines—and I’ll match up my waist. Now with just a glance, I can see that it’s a little off here, that I’m going to want to add a little bit more in that area. It’s a little bit too high, so I’m going to be able to take it down to match the level that I want. And I see that I have enough along this edge that it’s going to fit fine. I now am going to be able to take this and move it all the way to the bottom and check my hemline. So I’m going to be able to make all the adjustments that I want right on this pattern piece from my template. And you can do the same system with any of your favorite type of clothing. If you’re able to, add some pieces and fold it down, then you’re going to get two for the price of one. You can do the same thing with sleeves, the necks of dresses, and the necks of shirts. And you can also use these just as your favorite patterns. So next time I go to pull out a new pattern, I’m going to use my template to make sure that the fit is going to be the way I like it, and it’s easy to do with any pattern. Thank you for joining me today on SewVeryEasy. Feel free to subscribe and, as always, come on back. Let’s see what we’re sewing next time
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