Once we understand the importance of measurements–taking new ones EACH time we start a sewing project & making sure they’re accurate–we can begin the process of applying those measurements to choosing which size sewing pattern to cut out.  That can be a tricky prospect, since sewing pattern companies vary WILDLY in sizes from what’s on the rack at the department store, and even from one another.

Over the past few years, the major sewing pattern companies have bought one another up and consolidated, but they still tend to have their own individual “personalities.”  Vogue, Simplicity, McCall’s, and Butterick are known as the Big Four, and in this episode, I discuss what you want to know about each, along with outlier company Burda, a German patternmaker.

Think through what “flavor” of sewing you lean toward: lean basics? stylish work wear? runway couture? detailed and unique?  Different pattern companies tend to hit different notes fairly consistently, and once you know which are most likely to serve your tastes as a dressmaker, you can narrow your searching (and purchasing).  On top of that, once you become familiar with the sizing and ease included by a particular brand, you can eliminate some of the trial-and-error that goes along with fitting a new design.

After this episode, continue the video series by watching How To Read A Sewing Pattern Envelope.

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