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Date: 3/20/13 6:37 AM

I am a StyleARC fan, and pretty much only sew their patterns now.

The trouble is, I am basically a beginner, and the StyleARC patterns do not have in depth instructions.

I was wondering if there are any pattern lines that have particularly good instructions for High End, good quality construction and seam finishing?

I would love to sew a Style ARC jacket for instance, but I know without more instructions I couldnt do it.

Could I buy say a Vogue jacket pattern, use their instructions, but use the Style ARC pattern?

I do have some good sewing books, but they are not a step by step on what to do.
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Date: 3/20/13 7:45 AM

Have you considered picking up a book about technique to accompany your patterns? I use Power Sewing by Sandra Betzina and the Reader's Digest Complete Guide To Sewing which were recommended to me by people on here. They both contain all sorts of descriptions of how to accomplish various techniques.

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Date: 3/20/13 7:46 AM

Colette patterns have very detailed instructions.

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Date: 3/20/13 9:32 AM

Claire Shaeffer for Vogue patterns include both advanced couture techniques and normal techniques; but the patterns tend to be lined & tailored.

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Date: 3/20/13 10:02 AM

Louise Cutting's patterns have very good, detailed instructions. The only drawback is her garments tend to have 10" to 13" ease. The pattern is a bargain if you look at it as the price of a good sewing lesson.

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Date: 3/20/13 11:30 AM

You might want to check out the Threads Sewing Guide. While it's a book and not a pattern I love the fact that it has the order for sewing basic pieces; shirts, jackets, pants etc. When I am modifying something or working off a pattern with no instructions, having the order of construction has been a great help to me.
Some indie patterns that might make you stretch a bit on ability are Decades of Style, Victory Patterns, Sewing Workshop patterns and all offer excellent instructions, good drafting and many sizes. Another notable is Indygo Junction patterns. They are geared towards a newer sewist, but the patterns make for some great basics with which to work and play with. Don't be put off by some of the more crafty embellishments. Be aware though, these are not highly fitted styles. Lastly, if you like vintage patterns often times patterns from the big 4 from the 60's through the mid 90's have excellent instructions. Much better on the whole than what they put in the patterns today.

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Date: 3/20/13 9:11 PM

Claire Shaeffer's patterns use couture techniques which is probably more than you need. I too think that you should get a good sewing book so that you can learn better techniques and not have to rely on pattern directions.

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Date: 3/20/13 9:12 PM

Thankyou everyone.

Sue, I am going to order a Schaeffer pattern , one that is a jacket I love the look of.

But I will use a Style Arc pattern, and the Vogue for instructions.

I have checked my books and I have that Betzina oneso that is going to be my plan of attack.

Thankyou xxVogue 8333

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Date: 3/20/13 9:13 PM

Hi Nancy, I agree, it will probably be way too advanced for me, but I am hoping it will at least have a detailed step by step process, and then I can refer to the Betzina book for further help.

I am hoping it be a sewing lesson, as opposed to having my heart set on a wearable item first go ;)

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