Knowing the basics for sewing and pattern making can be the difference in having an illustration that can be turned into a pattern that you can actually cut, sew and have a garment that you can wear.
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I found my sewing skills invaluable in understanding what could be made into a pattern and what was just a good illustration to turn into a poster or print for galleries.
Many people who want to be in fashion need to develop the skills of both pattern making and sewing so they can oversee someone they have hired to do the pattern making as well as the sewing of the garment.
Years ago I had a designer bring sketches to be turned into patterns. The designs were form fitting the body and when asked where the openings were to be inserted into the pattern, the designer told me that there were no openings. Clearly they did not recognize that the non stretch fabrics they had selected required an opening for the person who wanted to wear the garment to be able to put the garment on.
I was never able to communicate to the designer that it was not optional to make the garments without openings for the person to open to put the garment on her body. A knowledge of sewing would have helped the designer understand the most basic of garment construction steps and what is required to make the pattern of the design and construct the garment.
We have so many different types of fabric that it can impact the way the final garment looks and how long it can be worn. A stretch fabric requires that the pattern be made to use the stretch in the fabric and is smaller than a pattern that will be used for a non stretch fabric.
Understanding and some skill in the areas of pattern making and sewing could have prevented a great deal of wasted time and effort.