For the teenage class we recommend Young Burda patterns available from any good supplier of fabric Spotlight, Arthur Toye in Wairau Park or Bernina in Takapuna. (For your reference the more seams (lines) in the design the harder the pattern.)
You will need the correct amount of fabric to complete your project.
Good fabrics to make a first project out of – are Bengaline or Mechanical Stretch, Cottons, Poplins, Shantung Linen, Gabardine and most Denims. Types to avoid – very soft, see through, and/or silky fabrics such as Chiffon, Satins, Charmeuse. The correct length of fabric is indicated on the back of the pattern envelope. It may look like a foreign language, but I hope the following tips may help:-
- decide which View – A, B, C, D etc., she would like to make
- find that view on the list at the back of the pattern
- know what size she is going to make and,
- width of the fabric you like – (this is shown on the tag at the end of the fabric roll, along with the name of the fabric, and the price) – on the example below a size 10 would take 1.8m of 115cm fabric or 1.5m of 150cm fabric
|View A Skirt
||115cm (width of fabric)
||150cm (width of fabric)
If all else fails the shop assistants will be able to read the pattern requirements, they are there to help and make sure you purchase what you need. Measure the hips if making a skirt, this measurement will dictate the size of the commercial pattern you need to buy. Measure the bust if making a dress, this measurement will dictate the size of the commercial pattern you need to buy The sizing on the pattern will indicate what is needed. Whatever you do please purchase a pattern in the correct size range. It will not be any use if it is too small, or for that matter, too big. Patterns -In any fabric store there will be a stand with pattern books on it. Look at the books and find the numbers we have suggested, and jot down the size group it indicates. ( You will find on that particular page it will show a range of sizes – ie 6,8,10 = G or 16,18,20,22 = PP – each one would be different ). Select the size range you need and at the counter – ask for
- Pattern name – (Burda etc.)
- pattern number
- size range you require.