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about our patterns

...most of our patterns are multi-sized, with all the sizes in one envelope; our woman's wear patterns come in sizes 6 to 26...

 

...check the size chart on the back of your pattern, or see our 'size charts' page to decide which size to use...

...our patterns are sized like ready-to-wear or RTW clothing...now we all know that one store's size 12 is another store's size 10 or 14, so the easiest thing to do is find your usual RTW size on our size charts, and see how that compares to your measurements...

...we like our patterns to last, so they’re printed on strong paper, not the usual tissue...this means that they're strong enough for you to use again & again...

...we recommend that you trace off your chosen size from the pattern-this way, if you need to alter your pattern, you can do any alterations on your traced-off copy, whilst keeping your HotPatterns pattern pieces clean and ready to use again & again...

...our pattern envelopes are 9” x 12”, which is big for a pattern...but that makes it easier for you to re-fold & store your HotPatterns after use...

...we give you estimated fabric & notion requirements; we recommend that you buy your fabric AFTER you’ve made & fitted your muslin, as you may need less or more fabric, depending on how you’ve fitted it...

...we give you instructions, including the suggested order of work and a skills list, and almost all of our patterns now come with diagrams to show you how your garment goes together...

...all of our patterns come with seam and hem allowances included...

...we assume that our customers have a reasonable knowledge of basic dressmaking techniques; our patterns won’t teach you to sew, and they’re not suitable for complete beginners, although sewers with just a little experience can tackle our beginner level patterns with confidence...

...our newer patterns come with a difficulty rating on the front of the pattern envelope...

...1 dressform means beginner level...
...2 dressforms means advanced beginner level...
...3 dressforms means intermediate level...
...4 dressforms means advanced level...
...5 dressforms means couture level...

...only you can decide what level of sewing difficulty you're comfortable with; don't forget the HotPatterns sewing motto, "Feel The Fear...And Do It Anyway!"