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Date: 12/23/11 1:59 PM

Hello! Thank you for this forum. I just registered recently and I am enjoying this website.

I have a question.

I am seriously considering getting into making all of my own clothing. Although I would transition it slowly, not right off the bat.

Anyway, a question I have always had is whether you can actually do all views to a pattern?

Here's what I mean.

Say I buy a pattern that has 4 views of a dress. Say I pick view A and I cut out the pattern pieces to make view A. Would there still be pieces for the other 3 views? Or have I effectively chosen only one view and if I want to do the other views I have to purchase the pattern again?

Is this consistent across all manufacturers of patterns? Or does it "just depend?"

Thank you for your help!

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Date: 12/23/11 2:20 PM

Here's a pattern that has differn't styles.
Say you like the picture of the button down style
front. But you wanted the 3/4 sleeves. You just need to cut out the view you want and what sleeve view you want.
You don't have to buy new pattern for each view.
All the pattern pieces fit to that pattern. You just have to chose the main style and add what else you want.
long sleeves, 3/4 sleeves, round neck square neck. If its all in that same pattern it will work together. No need to buy and new one.
hope this helps.

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Date: 12/23/11 2:33 PM

Welcome! Usually most of the main pattern pieces are intended to be used on all views. A dress that shows three lengths may have a cutting line for each of those 3 lengths on the same pattern piece. You can get around this by carefully folding back at the correct cutting line and then cutting the fabric, but not the pattern.

Many people trace their patterns onto something else to use for cutting and never actually cut into their pattern.

If you cut your original pattern, which is what I have done for years and years and years, and you are concerned about accurately folding up at a cut line, you could just trace off that particular area of the pattern and lay it over at the appropriate place.
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Usually what I have found is that the specific view pieces might be different pockets or collars or sleeve treatments. One sleeve might have a cuff and another sleeve view might be a 3/4 length sleeve that has a facing.

When you purchase your first pattern and open it up, you'll quickly see how it is most often handled. Some of the wardrobe type patterns with multiple items are a deal when they are on sale.

If you have a JoAnn's fabric store in your area sign up for their mailing list. There is always a good coupon, but it will contain notice of pattern sales. They rotate the sales through the different brands that they carry. You could start making a pattern wish list and have it on hand when they have your patterns on sale.

Let us know when you are ready to get started, you'll get lots of help.

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Date: 12/24/11 8:09 AM

Most of the time the patterns have all the pieces you need to make each view. There may be one or two pieces you use in all the views and you just add the other pieces to make the whole garment. Sometimes, as noted in a previous post, it is just a matter of length for a sleeve, skirt, pants, or dress. Then the different lengths are marked on the pattern pieces and you can fold up to get the length needed for the view you're making.

Some of the new multi size patterns I have purchased lately have different pieces of the pattern by size. The last little girl dress I did had the major pieces in 2-4-6 and 3-5 ranges together.

The best way is to just jump right in an learn. You can often find a sale at JoAnns with 99cent patterns. You will love the creativity of making your own clothes!

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Date: 12/26/11 11:23 AM

Thanks folks! Your answers were very helpful.

I have sewn before, and have seen patterns too (I consider myself intermediate level") but mostly they were single view patterns. I have a couple of multiple view patterns that I will be taking out to study.

I think what I need to do is take out those multiview patterns and see just exactly how they're printed.

And I'm already on Joann's and Hancock Fabric's mailing lists.

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Date: 12/26/11 11:52 AM

Take a look at the instruction sheet. The very first thing is the line drawing of each view (usually front only), followed by a diagram showing all the pattern pieces, along with a list of which pieces are used for each view.

This is a really basic knit top pattern from Butterick:



You can see there are separate front/back pieces for views A and B, along with an extra collar piece for view B (for the shawl collar). The sleeve piece is used by both views, but you have a length option. In this case, if you want to preserve your option to use the longer length when you're making the other view, you'd want to fold the excess out of the way, or trace it.

You'll also see that the design is intended for the 3/4 length sleeves to go with View A, and the long sleeves with View B. I would prefer long sleeves on my tunic, and 3/4 sleeves on my wrap top... so when I make this up, I'm going to switch them.

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Date: 12/26/11 4:32 PM

Another option that I do is to trace all my patterns, so that I never really cut apart the original pattern tissue paper. This way, if for some reason I ever needed another size, all sizes would be preserved intact.

You can use tracing paper to do this; (some people get a roll from their doctor's office, that big roll of paper for examing tables), but there are also some special materials that have been made especially for pattern tracing (they're even able to be sewn, so they could be used like a muslin). There's one known as Do-Sew, and my favorite is Swedish Tracing Paper (which might be a misnomer for it, because it's a woven type of material, not true paper). I buy mine from Nancy's Notions, but Clotilde sells them, as well as other places.

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Date: 12/31/11 3:55 AM

I like to trace mine, which is something I learned here at PR - that way if I gain or lose weight, I'll have the original pattern to make the garment in whatever my new size is. Also, if a friend wants me to make her a similar garment, I'll have the pattern in her size intact. I just got some of the Swedish Tracing Paper for Christmas and I'm excited to use it, but what I've been using is a thicker mil plastic dropcloth from Home Depot. It's cheap and easy to see through to trace. I got the idea from another PR member.

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Date: 12/31/11 10:16 AM

I like to trace my patterns, then cut a muslin. I use all kinds of marking methods. This is the real fun side of sewing cause there is no only correct way to do anything. With experience you will be able to pick out methods, or make some up, whatever works is well and done. Welcome to sewing. PS, do not get discouraged sometimes a certain part of sewing (fitting pants?) can take years to get right for yourself, but there is always something else to do to raise your spirits and enthusiasm until you can again tackle what does not come right away.

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