Getting Started

Size Chart


How to Take Measurements

Bust: Measure around the fullest part of your bust. Make sure to keep the measuring tape parallel with the floor.

Waist: Measure around your natural waistline, keeping the measuring tape slightly loose.

Hips: With you feet together, measure around the fullest part of your hips.


Key to Pattern Symbols


Note: Diagrams and illustrations in the project instructions are not to scale.


Basic Supplies

You’ll need the following supplies for most of the projects at Altered Cloth:

  • sewing machine
  • machine needle suitable for your chosen fabric
  • coordinating thread
  • tape measure
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • straight pins
  • chalk or fabric marker
  • seam ripper
  • iron and ironing board
  • hand sewing needle (needed occasionally)

The fabric and any other materials needed for a project are listed separately in the project instructions.

General Sewing Information

Preparing Fabric: Before measuring and cutting fabric, you should preshrink it by washing and drying it as you would the finished garment. For nonwashable fabric, steam press instead.
Seam Allowances: 0.5″ (13 mm) seam allowances are included in pattern pieces and measurements unless otherwise stated. Typically, neckline edges have a seam allowance of 0.25″ (6 mm), which is noted on the neckline templates and pattern pieces.
Finishing raw seam edges: Seam allowances should be trimmed if necessary and finished with an overcast stitch, zig zag stitch or other finishing technique.