I started sewing when I was a small child and began by sewing garments. My parents both sewed and they taught me. I remember being shown how to find the information I needed on the pattern envelope and what it all meant. If you are starting your journey into garment sewing or if you are planning to use a commercial pattern for a home décor project, I thought it would be helpful to know a few things before purchasing your pattern so you too would know what the pattern envelope says!
The Butterick pattern company, in particular, gives a lot of clues as to what you are getting by sewing this pattern. The envelope tells you the pattern is easy, which speaks to the level of sewing experience you will need to make it (it has no linings, zippers, pockets or anything considered more advanced) and that it is loose-fitting. A loose-fitting garment generally has 9″ – 12″ more ease in it’s fit than a regular fitting pattern.
P.S. For those of you interested, here are two videos you might enjoy. The first is Soni Grint, SVP educator, in a January Facebook Live session demonstrating the new subscription embroidery software. The second video is on how to fix an embroidery hoop that has come apart. This is valuable to watch since, if you embroider, this will probably one day happen to you!