How to Read a Pattern

Learn everything that is involved with using vintage, modern, and downloadable patterns so you can feel confident creating new projects from patterns

When you sew your first pattern it can be labeled "easy", but then you open it up and it is anything but "easy". This class will help you break down everything that is in a pattern. To cover the wide range of patterns available, we'll review vintage, modern, and downloadable patterns.

What You'll Learn

You will NOT be making a garment in this class, but learning the language and nuances of patterns.

  • Pattern numbers
  • Line drawings
  • Consider style variations
  • Check for all pattern sizes included
  • Fabric suggestions
  • Notions needed
  • Fabric amount
  • Finished garment measurements
  • Cutting correct size
  • Finding correct size
  • Measurements (bust for tops/dresses, hip for pants, waist for skirt)
  • Pattern pieces
  • Pattern placement on material
  • Grainline
  • Cut on fold
  • Cut mirrored
  • Notches
  • Darts
  • Pleats
  • Marks
  • Pinning fabric to pattern
  • Directional fabric
  • Plaids/stripes
  • Right Sides Together (RST) / Wrong Sides Together (WST)
  • Legends
  • Pinning for sewing
  • Cut
  • Ironing pattern
  • Grading



Materials to Bring

  • Pattern examples will be provided
  • You don't need to bring your sewing machine
  • Bring something to take notes - lots of information will be covered

2 hours


Me & Ewe Learn more about Me and Ewe
Address: 4903 Woodrow Ave

  • Ages: Adults and kids (13+)
  • Walk-ins are not available
  • If needed for the class, a small selection of materials are available for purchase at Me & Ewe - review material requirements above for this class
  • You will be directed to Me & Ewe's website to complete the registration

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About the Instructor

Vanessa has a long history of teaching, and was an instructor at the Stitch Lab where she taught intro and specialty sewing classes, gave private lessons, hosted parties, and ran summer camps. In addition to sewing, she has also taught art, English and grammar to children as young as two all the way through high school-aged kids. Her teaching experience extends overseas as well when Vanessa was in the Peace Corps and she taught grades 1-12, and ran clubs and summer camps. Vanessa has taught adults and kids of all ages, and especially likes seeing how everyone applies their newfound sewing skills to express themselves.

Vanessa is also a machine service technician and likes to share helpful tips with her students on the operation and maintenance of their machines.

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