Tutorials

Print mini sized patterns for comparing and adjusting your Apostrophe patterns

Printing a miniature pattern can be a quick method to compare versions of your Apostrophe custom fit patterns, to see differences and determine what measurement changes you want to make. Or if you prefer digital tools, see our post on using Inkscape to do comparisons here. Let’s first walk through printing the patterns. To do this, go back into your project, use the previous button until you get to the page that asks how you would like your pattern pieces. For mini patterns, you will want to select as few pieces as possible.  This option may is not available on...

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Cynthia Browneller

Topstitching a Waistband

When the MyFit Joggers released, a common question in the Apostrophe Patterns FB Group was how to topstitch an separate encased elastic waistband. (Image from MyFit Jogger waistband selection screen.) Topstitching a waistband is aesthetically pleasing, but is also practical and useful. Elastic can twist inside a waistband, which causes discomfort and can affect the way your garment sits on your body. Topstitching the waistband prevents the elastic from twisting, and therefore, can increase comfort.  Topstitching the waistband will take place after the waistband has been attached to the garment, elastic is inserted, and the hole used to insert the elastic has been closed....

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Cynthia Browneller

Screen Previews and PDF measuring tools

Using screen previews and PDF measuring toolsto review patterns before printing/cutting fabric   Patterns from Apostrophe Patterns are automatically generated to body measurements entered and style options selected. But even the best pattern algorithms need a human eye to look over the results and check that the resulting pattern looks reasonable, catch any mistaken measurement entries, or just review to adjust selected options before printing (or projecting) and cutting fabric. How to preview your pattern The easiest way to do a screen preview of your pattern is to select “Projector File” on the page size selection screen in the Apostrophe...

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Cynthia Browneller

Understanding Ease

What is “ease” and how to adjust ease amountsto customize your fit in the MyFit Joggers pattern "Ease" is a very common term to hear in reference to sewing. So, what is it and can it be adjusted to obtain a desired fit with Apostrophe Patterns? “Ease” is the difference between body measurements and fabric measurements once sewn up (also called finished measurements). It describes how the garment will fit on the body. Ease can be a positive number, which means the fabric is bigger than the body, and more ease means a looser fit. This is often referred to...

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