How to Use Sewing Patterns

Sewing patterns are blueprints for how to make a garment, and once you learn how to use them, a whole world of possibilities opens up!

There are three basic steps, and I dive into each one below:

Step 1: Pick your pattern

Step 2: Get your size

Step 3: Print or trace your pattern

Step 1: Pick a beginner-friendly pattern

Set yourself up for success with a pattern that's designed for beginners! Here are some fan-favorite beginner-friendly patterns:

Montvale Dress & Tunic

This is one of the 6 patterns in my book, "Sewing the Curve," and it's a great one to start with!

Concord T-Shirt

A versatile knit t-shirt, you can fill up a whole wardrobe with Concords.

Calder Pants & Shorts

The Calder is a great first pants pattern to try, with stylish wide legs and a comfortable elasticated back waist.

Upton Dress & Skirt

You can make over 350 different garments with this most popular Cashmerette pattern!

Step 2: Get your size

Picking the right size starts with knowing the size of your body.

How to take your measurements »

Once you have your measurements, let the Cashmerette Size Calculator do the rest of the work for you!

Simply enter your measurements and get your starting size in seconds.

Step 3: Print or trace your pattern

If you're using a printed sewing pattern, you'll need to trace your pattern pieces.

If you're using a digital PDF sewing pattern, you'll need to print your pattern at home or at a copy shop.

Why isn't my PDF pattern working?!

Using a PDF sewing pattern and something went wrong?

Find out how to fix it with our handy checklist.

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