Sewing patterns are the blueprints of any dress. They are mostly bought from stores. But making them ourselves makes more sense. Making your own sewing patterns help you save money and also make dresses to your own size.

The easiest way to make your own sewing patterns is to copy the dresses you own. You can add a spin to it after. Making a dress with your own sewing pattern feels amazing. So here are the steps to make your own sewing pattern by copying a dress.

1 Trace the seams

The first step is to trace the seams of the dress with a chalk. For this lie the dress flat up front on a pattern paper. Start tracing with the bigger portions of the dress and move on to the smaller portions. This technique works best on simple garments. Once the front side is complete move on to the back.

2. Spread the pattern paper

Always spread the pattern paper on a hard surface, doing this on carpets or any other soft surfaces will make the process much harder.

A stiff cardboard piece can be used if you pin the dress to the board.

Brown postal wrapping paper is the best to use as the tracing paper. It comes in large sizes and trace marks are super visible on them.

3. Lay down the design paper

Flatten the original garment on top of the paper. Place your garment chalk-side down on your paper. Straighten the garment out, then carefully apply pressure on the back of the garment along each seam.

Use your non-dominant hand or weights to keep the garment still and flat against the paper. Simultaneously use your dominant hand to rub over the back of your garment around any area you chalked previously.

If done correctly, the chalk on your garment should rub off onto the paper.

You can pin the garment to the paper as you work but only do this if you are working on top of corkboard or a similar porous surface. Stick the pins straight through the garment, the paper, and the corkboard.

4. Trace the perimeter

The first thing to trace is the largest perimeter around the dress. Trace the top bottom and sides of the dress first. Make sure that the dress is staying perfectly flat and still.

First, trace only the main section. We can get to smaller sections later. Focus on the session you are tracing right now. Every section separated by a seam needs a different pattern piece, keep that in mind.

5. Make traces of small sections

Repeat the tracing process for smaller sections. Make sure that each portion is still and flat before tracing. Making pattern pieces of smaller sections is an important step. Start with the front and move on to the back pieces.

Make sure to mark the pieces you are drawing not to make any confusions. Also never draw section next to each other, always leave a gap to cut them out.

6. Add seam allowance to the pieces

Once the garment is removed from the pattern pieces, add a 1/2 inch parallel line to the edge of the design. This is the allowance for seam. If you want more seam allowance you can do that just remember to be consistent.

7. Cut out the pieces.

Use scissors to cut out the design.