I love to design sewing patterns. It’s a hobby, my business, and my “go to” when I need something for myself! I have been ridiculously disappointed in store bought patterns multiple times, so I have resolved to only make my own. If you have ever wondered how to make a sewing pattern, this gives you the details on what I do to make my sewing patterns perfect.
- Potential customers see the link and appreciate that the seller is in a working relationship with another mama business. (If I customer is buying on Etsy or from a local Mama, they are aware of how important it is to support working Moms).
- Customers can look up the design to see if other people say positive things about it.
- Customers will see the seller’s business integrity and appreciate it. It could be a great selling point!
- Customers will see more pictures of the design.
- There might be helpful pages on my website that go along with the design like washing instructions or wearing instructions.
- A seller who is in a working relationship with me also gets my referrals (which are many) for people who want items sewn for them.
- I get more helpful exposure which makes my google search results go up, pins on pinterest, facebook likes and more.
- I would be happy to point a link back to the seller. Just ask!
- The first thing that I do when deciding to create a sewing pattern is to determine what I need or a customer needs. Frequently, I have an idea of what I want, but I want it to be the best that it can be!
- I like to see what other people like. I do hours of research with google images and key words to see what people are searching for, what’s popular, and trendy.
- Then I research products. What products in those keywords do people like the best? What are their complaints or praises about the products? Do I personally like various things about those products? What could I change to make it better?
- Then I check out sizing. Many times I have to call around, measure, research, or ask the doctor for average body measurements that would work for my project.
(The above 4 steps can take anywhere from 10 hours to 80 hours depending on the time schedule)
- Once I have decided on the necessities of the design, I start to draw. I use very expensive programs that have required a huge learning curve over the span of about 4 years to become efficient in. I still don’t know the programs all that well, but I am efficient at the little bits that I do know. Drawing the original pattern pieces take anywhere from 4 hours to 40 hours. I have body measurements to take into account as well as placements of seam allowances, snaps, elastics, etc.
- Once I have a rough design drawn, I test it by sewing it. Tweek it, test again, tweek again until it is what I want. Then I make a prototype in various sizes so that I can hunt down friends who might want to try the article on their baby, themselves or just to give me input.
- After I have input from others, I tweek the pattern one last time.
- I finish the pattern pieces by making a page out of it so that it will be printable from a home computer. Then I print and measure to be sure that it’s right.
(The main design is accomplished. Whew!)
- Once the design is done, then it’s time to make the tutorial. The first thing that I do is take pictures (with my expensive camera) for each step while I am sewing it. This process usually takes me 2-4 hours.
- I then edit the photos so that I have crisp images which will look good and be easy to understand.
- I write a rough draft of the tutorial steps.
- I design the tutorial in layout form.
- I have people test the pattern to make sure that it is easy to read and to follow and tweak as necessary.
- I have a photoshoot with the finished product. Edit more photos.
- Finish the tutorial and pattern.
- Put on my website, etsy and various other places.
- Once the pattern is done, I am constantly answering emails or questions. I tweak the pattern/tutorial if I see that there are issues with how it is written or place new images if the previous ones do not clearly show how to do that step. I also have recently started to make videos for people if they don’t get a particular part of the pattern.