Pattern Review -The Insiders Scoop on Sewing Patterns

Pattern Review. Get the insider's tips for sewing beautiful garments. Learn about the looks, the sewing, the sizing, choosing a fabric, and alterations you need to make. Even how to customize the outfit to suit your style.

Avoid surprises and learn all the details before buying a pattern. Here are the reviews by people who already did it and can tell you all about it. Learn from other's experience and mistakes.

Here are some things you can learn from the reviews:

Customize Patterns

Some garments look prettier if you add a ribbon here or shorten the length there. You can make so many different outfits with the same pattern. Get the know how on customizing patterns to reflect your personality. Learn the special tricks you can use to adjust them and get the perfect fit.

Flatter Your Body Shape

Find out which styles flatter your body shape. Chose outfits to emphasize your good points, hide little imperfections and make you look gorgeous. Sometimes the model's look one way on the envelope, and totally different when you sew them. Get the finished view before making it and decide if the pattern is right for you.

Learn About Sizing

Find out if the sizing works for you or if you need to make changes. Some patterns run in small sizes and others are very large. Sometimes they are not even accurate.

Learn if a sleeve comes too long, a blouse too tight or the pants are too long. Avoid headaches trying to figure out why the garment didn't come out how it was supposed to.

Pick The Best Fabric

Fabric can make or break an outfit. See if the model looks better in plaid or patterned, with or without nap, shiny or dull. See different versions of the same style without sewing them.

Find Hidden Gems

Take a look at what others made and uncover the hidden gems. There are some patterns that look kind of boring on the envelope, but are gorgeous after sewn. Have you found some of those?

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Reviews Submitted by Others

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High-Waisted Sash Skirt 
Here’s a really cute summer sewing project you can make in a snap. I made this skirt using a cotton, non-stretch, fabric. I wore it to my husband's …

Sexy Summer Dress- Butterick Pattern 5486 
Here’s a sweet yet sexy little dress. It draws attention to the bust with a V-shaped bodice. The bottom is a slightly flared skirt that adds an innocent …

Simplicity 2638 Misses' Dress 
I made this dress using simplicity's pattern 2638. It's a very fresh dress, perfect for hot summer days. It took me three hours to make, but the instructions …

New Look Pattern 6352 
This is a breezy a-line dress with a lose fall. It’s perfect to hide all the body’s imperfections, especially the waist and hips. It has a wide neck and …

New Look Project Runway 6100 
I made these shorts using new look project runway pattern 6100. The pattern comes in two versions. Cuffed slim and flared. Try the slim version if …

Kwik Sew Pattern 3395 
I made a dress using Kwik Sew Pattern 3395. This model is flattering for most body types because of the empire waist. It adds curves to skinny girls, gives …

New Look Pattern 6589  
This long dress has a very flattering cut and zips up the back. You can make 4 different dresses with the same pattern. I used New Look Sewing Pattern …

New Look Pattern 6902 
Here is another Sundress I made. The bust area has darts to make it fit nicely. This dress zips up the back and has a gathered skirt. The available sizes …

Sun Dress, New Look Pattern 6938 
I finished another sundress with New Look Pattern 6938. I stuck with this pattern because it's so easy to make, and it's also very flattering. I love how …

New Look Pattern Number 6938 
I made this dress using new look pattern 6938. I really recommend this pattern because it's fun, easy and you can change it up a bit. The pattern actually …

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