Now that I had my pattern, I decided it was time to print it off and begin assembling. I downloaded and printed the guide and actual pattern off. 45 pages later, A+ to me, I printed it off properly, getting the gauge correct the first time.
Once I look inside the guide, the assembling didn’t seem near as daunting. It seemed simply like a puzzle- assembling the pages in the right order to form the parts of the dress. So, I did that and here it is, I did have to move some furniture to get it to fit in my living room.
Feeling pretty proud of myself, I decided to soldier on. As you can see from the top picture, I had to pick out my size so that I knew what lines to cut, I did my measurements and figured that out, still feeling pretty good about my abilities.
I started out by cutting this piece. I’ll be honest, I don’t know where it fits in with my dress patternbut it looked like a good, simple one to start with.
At this point, I really felt like I was cruising, like do I even need to learn anything from anyone about sewing or do I know it all already? Well I was snapped back to reality pretty quickly when I looked at the next piece I was to cut out.
What is a notch? Why are there dozens of lines intersecting with each other? How am I supposed to know what line to cut into? And what are those solid black dots?
I looked on the pattern website and nothing there. So, I proceeded to google and looked up:
-What are notches on a sewing pattern?
-How to cut out notches on a sewing pattern
I found a couple websites through which I eventually figured out that notches indicate where pleats are in the finished garment. Often they are triangle or diamond shaped and you are supposed to make a little cut in the fabric to indicate where they are.
Image courtesy of The Sewing Coach.
Thank you to the internet, I figured out what notches meant and was able to finish cutting out my pattern. Woohoo! Next step, cutting out the fabric.