When I first started learning how to sew, looking at everything contained on the back of the envelope or in the pattern directions was just too overwhelming. I guess I was afraid of sewing information overload. So I just used the bare minimum amount of information just so I could get the job done. Now that I'm more comfortable with sewing, I now readily seek out that information because it is all there for a reason and will help you become a better sewer.
In this tutorial, I discuss ease, namely functional and design ease. This is related to the finished garment measurements that you can usually find on the pattern envelope or, sometimes, on the actual pattern pieces. When it comes to garment sewing, ease is extremely important, especially when it comes to getting a good fit from the items you make. We go over the different types of ease and how you can use them to help you make informed decisions when it comes to choosing a pattern size.
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