FAQ

What Sizes Do Your Patterns Cover
What Patterns Are A Good For Beginner Sewing Projects
Do you have any free patterns?
How To Print
Issues With Printing
How To Set Up Your Mechanical Sewing Machine
Who Can Join The WeMadeIt Facebook Group
How Do I Become A Teacher On We Made It?
How To Take Your Measurements
How Do I Choose A Sewing Machine?
What Do I Need To Make Sewing Anywhere Easy
Where Do I Get My Fabrics From?
When Is The Next Sewing Day
What Is Weft & Warp?
What is grain?
What is grain line?
What is bias?
What does “cut on fold” mean?
What is selvedge?
What are notches?<h/5>
What are darts?
Preparing the pattern
Seam allowances
Which fabric should I use?
Stitch length and when do I adjust it?
Pinning before sewing
Pressing after sewing
Finishing the edges; zigzag or overlock
How do I make sure this will fit me?

Our Patterns have been tried and tested on sizes 6/8 up to size 22. Some of the new designs we are bringing out in 2019 will be going through a tester program if you are a size 16-22 we would like to send you the patterns we have coming out to try for us. Reach out to use via email, insta or facebook and we will add you to our tester groups and you get to decide which patterns to road test for us. Thank you

Hands down I would start with the Drawstring or Highwaisted pants. Those two are really super easy and have great insights in the tutorial that teach you sewing techniques you can take to more complicated patterns. We are always adding to the library based on the styles that flatter curves, our initial patterns are 24 patterns from a previous fashion business that sold sizes 6-20ish. These are being converted into A0 and A4 patterns. Our Learn To Sew Days has a list of beginner Sewing Patterns to start with.

Yes, we do! It's stylish and great beginner Sewing Project
Tunic Dress Pattern you will need 1.6mts of fabric for fabrics that are 1.4mt or more.  Due to the width of the pattern if you are going narrower you will need to double that yield. 3.2mts.

These are known checkpoints to go through to ensure that your printer will print the pattern to the correct size

Any problems please message us and we can help you with any further trouble shooting after you have tried these solutions.

There are couple of things that could affect the print quality. First, the file must be downloaded and printed off the hard drive, not the View window in the browser.

Also - the view window seems to do odd things to scaling of the images, it adjusts every page differently somehow and nothing matches.

If you are printing through Acrobat, there is a little setting somewhere (I recently saw someone on IG posting about this as a way to avoid trimming some borders) - the image prints off centre on purpose and one of the borders vanishes. Till I find the solution and post it here, please DO NOT PRINT FROM ACROBAT.

We have the group for any avid beginner or rusty sewists who want to know more about our patterns as we discuss anything and everything to do with the different patterns/fabrics and styling them.  We are constantly adding short cut and style videos to the group over 2019 we are improving our lessons so that we make it easier for you to become a confident sewist.  If you are not sure whether you want to dive into sewing please join us and ask your questions as it makes the community stronger.  See you in there

1. Send us an example of your sewing of one of our designs.

 

2. We have a Zoom meeting and go a little bit further to find out more about you.

 

3. We will advise what new patterns are due in the next round for the site and then put 2 of the new designs out there for someone in the group to teach. This will give you the opportunity to leverage yourself to our community by either offering your services as a Dressmaker/Tailor as a preferred creative for those who want the Done For You option when making the We Made It designs.

 

 

We are working on a video for this and will post it here once we have spoken to our two sewing machine geniuses and gotten their feedback on paper.   Till then ask in via messenger with what you plan to do

https://www.echidnasewing.com.au/ is where I bought my machines and the guys there were super helpful.

There are some great fabric stores around that buy the end of season stock from Designers that would normally go into landfill. Also, check out IKEA as they have some great fabrics there quite cheap. Look at East Coast Fabrics in Brisbane, they have good quality End Lots. Also The Fabric Store capital cities Australia except for Perth. Op Shops/Thrift Stores, their doona covers make a great test fabric. Also, look at old cotton sheets as they make great fabric for the Drawstring or Highwaisted pants.

I get it, learning to sew can be overwhelming and having that in person experience is where you want to learn.  Even though at this point I am based in Brisbane as we grow I am happy to travel to location that suits you to help your group learn how to sew.  Please reach out if you are a shop or collective that would like to add learn to sew and be sustainable with your sewing projects, send me an email.  The link is the bottom of the website.  For the next Sewing Day in Brisbane, click on this link as we will always update the dates of the Sewing Days on this page; Sewing Days

Warp and weft are terms for the two basic components used in weaving to turn thread or yarn into fabric.   On knit & stretch fabrics this is important to understand as the way the fabric is cut will have an effect on how the entire design will pan out.  We will write a blog on this and paste it here. 

Grain runs parallel to the selvedge of the fabric. Fabric on grain has the least stretch. Usually, pattern pieces are placed on grain unless specifically stated otherwise.

Grain line is marked on the pattern pieces. It usually looks like a long line with one or two arrow heads. You must place the pattern piece on fabric in such a way that a grain line is parallel to the grain on your fabric.

Bias runs 45 degrees to the grain. The fabric stretches the most along bias.  There are different degrees in bias cut but a true bias is .

Cut on fold means fold the fabric right sides together and place the pattern along the fold of the fabric, aligning the edge of the pattern with the fold exactly. On the pattern piece the fold will be marked as a special arrow with FOLD word written under it. On our patterns there is a semi circle with the world FOLD in bold for you to easily identify.

Selvedge is an edge produced on woven fabric during manufacturing that prevents it from unravelling. Selvedge is a narrow strip that runs along the edges of the fabric, it often has small pin holes in it and/or other information printed on it.

Notches are the short lines you’ll notice on your pattern. The notches used to line up the pattern pieces. They make it easier to make sure that you are sewing the pieces together correctly. Make sure to mark all the notches on your fabric.

Darts are used to remove some fabric to make sure the design fits to the body closely in that particular area. The dart has legs and a point. The point is where the dart finishes, the legs are the lines that point towards that point. Make sure to transfer the dart point and legs onto the fabric while you are tracing your pattern.

Cut the paper pattern out in your chosen size, place the pattern on the fabric as directed and pin to the fabric around the edges of the paper pattern. Trace the pattern onto the fabric using dressmaker’s chalk. Or use pins to attach the pattern to your fabric, both get the job done. Make sure to transfer darts and notches onto the fabric or snip the notches as you cut out the fabric = best practice.

The pattern instructions will indicate whether the pattern includes seam allowances and how wide they are. Seam allowance is the distance between the cut edge of the fabric and your stitch line. Most patterns have a 1cm allowance in Australia but in the US or UK they can be 1.5. Usually when you are inserting a zip along a seam line that is a 1.5cm to allow for more fold/fabric to attach the zip to

The easiest fabric to work with holds its shape well and isn’t too stretchy. Cotton, Linen/cotton, a good cotton/spandex [95%/5%] and poly cotton are some of the good choices. As a beginner sewist I would start with one of those so you can focus on your cutting and sewing techniques first. Then you can go up to silks, rayons and other fabrics that need more focus and pinning.

Use scraps of your fabric to practice your stitch. Adjust the tension and stitch length as required. The most used stitch length is 2.5 mm. When you are doing a holding stitch make your stitch longer so that it is easier to pull out when you completed sewing the garment. We go into detail on what length stitch is used on each of our patterns.

Place pattern pieces together, aligning the cut edges and pin them to each other. This will stop pattern pieces moving as you sew. Make sure not to sew over the pins unless you have the head of the pin facing in to the seam allowance as the machine should be able to sew over the pins when they are put in the fabric that way. Make sure to do extra pinning on corners as they tend to move a bit more and if you are using a rayon, you will need to be diligent with the pinning of that fabric to stop it from moving as you sew..

Always press your seams. This will set the seam and make is nice and thin.

You can use pinking shears, zigzag stitch or overlocker to finish your edges. You need to finish edges to stop fabric from fraying.

When you are selecting your pattern size, use measurements chart that comes with the pattern. This size might be different from the shop sizes you are used to. Also at key steps along the way we have checklists in our sewing tutorials on when to try on the piece to make sure it is going to be the right fit at the end of the sewing project.