Adding Variable Seam Allowance Pattern Making Tutorial
This week @thesnobrob asked us if we could demonstrate how to add a variety of different seam allowances to one pattern. We call this variable seam allowance- for example, 1.5cm on the armhole and 1cm on the bodice. What a great question! Adding more seam allowance to the side seam is really useful when needing more wiggle for fittings.
“I really enjoy your tutorials! Could you please make a tutorial of how to put different seam allowances into a pattern? I mean, e.g. to put 10mm on the pattern but 15mm on the armhole? Thanks a lot! You make me return to draft patterns!”
Which Block to Use and Follow Along
Adding seam allowance to a digital sewing pattern is a universal concept. This technique can be applied to any digital pattern that you currently own- you don’t need to download a specific block. However, if you don’t have a digital block, then why not try one of the options below?
Made-to-Measure Torso Block
Draft a basic Torso block to fit your unique measurements. Create a profile, add your measurements, design your block, then download it as an SVG ePattern (sleeve included).
Learn how to use Adobe Illustrator as a digital pattern making platform
Learn the step-by-step basics of digital pattern making in Adobe Illustrator in our short crash course. It’s your first step to producing digital sewing patterns like a pro.
Follow this simple and handy tutorial to learn how to add seam allowance to your finished pattern in Adobe Illustrator.
Multi-page PDF patterns
Transform your finished pattern into multi-page PDF patterns in a range of paper sizes. Then