If it is a source of frustration for me I can only imagine how frustrating those instructions sheets that come with our patterns can be for a beginner. I think of the person determined to sew to save money or for enjoyment only to get confused, frustrated and think it is their lack of skill as to why they can’t follow a pattern. Well, it is not you!! For an example I will show a pattern instruction sheet from a 1980’s pattern.
This is a pattern for a simple little dress with a pinafore. The pinafore was more detailed with ruffles and linings. The dress very simple with elastic through the top. Yet, you can see the print was small, the spaces filled with instruction, very detailed on how to make a casing. Even circles are used with drawings explaining an area that might be difficult to understand. The beginner had a better chance of success with these instructions.
A new pattern instruction sheet looks something like this:
Good luck figuring out what they are telling you. Does it explain to press your seams? What about seam finish choices or even what a seam finish is? Do the people writing these instruction know how to sew? Have they tried to follow their instructions? I really don’t think so.
I want to encourage beginners to learn and so wish I could bundle everyone up and bring them to my sewing room. With the blog I am trying to do just that and hope I can make a difference to someone so wanting to dress their children in cute one of a kind garments.
There is more expressions of frustration for this topic which you can read here on the sewing forum.
I will share more about my methods of putting a garment together, for now, I just want you know, you are not alone.