Sewing Patterns 101: Learn to Read Sewing Patterns

Ariana Bauer, Sewing teacher, pattern maker, and mom.

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11 Videos (1h 12m)
    • Class Introduction

    • Finding and Buying Sewing Patterns

    • Reading the Front and Back - Part 1

    • Reading the Front and Back - Part 2

    • Unpacking The Envelope

    • The Instructions Sheet

    • The Tissue Paper Pattern

    • Assembling PDF Patterns

    • Reading Vintage Patterns

    • Think Before You Cut

    • The Final Project

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About This Class

Learn to read any sewing pattern - including downloadable PDF 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.

This class is designed for everyone - from true beginners to intermediate sewers looking to learn some great tips and tricks for reading sewing patterns. Learn to read sewing patterns for all types of garment so you can get started making your own clothes, costumes, and more.

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I thought this video was generally pretty helpful, but I was upset that there wasn't a section on how to work with patterns from books even though it was mentioned at the beginning.
I sure feel more confident to go ahead and try making some garments using patterns!
Fab, thank you! Good tips, advice and guidance. I'm a touch more cofident now. Thanks :)
Cali West

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Ariana Bauer

Sewing teacher, pattern maker, 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 inspir...

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