FREQUENTLY ASKEd QUESTIONS
How do I access the free patterns you make in collaboration with Peppermint Magazine?
You can find them all here. Enjoy!
How do I print a PDF pattern?
Check out the Digital Product FAQ page for all the details.
IS SEAM ALLOWANCE INCLUDED IN YOUR PATTERNS OR DO I HAVE TO ADD IT MYSELF?
Seam allowance is included on all pattern pieces, and varies according to the seam line (although most seams are 1.2cm / ½”). Seam allowance is specified in the pattern instructions. Digital patterns have both the stitch line and the cutting line indicated so that it is easier for you to make adjustments / hack your patterns. Printed patterns just have the cutting line to save any confusion. Instructions include both metric and imperial measurements.
What sewing machine do you use?
I use an old Janome (the model is a Mystyle 16). It was passed on to me by my Mum when I was 9 or 10 years old when she realised that I was more interested in sewing than she had ever been. My Mum was gifted the machine for her 30th birthday and now 25 years on, it is still going strong.
What are your favourite sewing tools?
I really like to keep things simple when it comes to sewing tools. No fancy machine feet (just an invisible zip foot and a standard zip foot) or tools for me. The tools I use constantly are: my pearl head pins, sewing scissors, thread snips (that I have attached to some cord so I can wear them around my neck) and Clover fabric chalk. I have also recently learned that a plastic bowl on my sewing table is a great addition as I can put all my threads / clipped fabric in there and it’s way less of a clean up when I’m done. When it comes to patternmaking, it is my flexible transparent ruler, tracing wheel, awl/stiletto, notcher, scissors, pacer pencil and eraser.
CaN I USE A PHOTO FROM YOUR BLOG ON MY WEBSITE?
Yes you can! But please remember to credit www.inthefolds.com and link back to the original image. Tutorials are for personal use only and cannot be reproduced without permission.
I’m a beginner, where should I start?
Try sewing a tote bag or a cushion cover (there are loads of free tutorials online). If you’re ready to start garment sewing, try the Collins top. It is an easy sew, and you will get a chance to practice stitching seams together (there are a lot of seams). Due to its shape, you don’t have to worry too much about fit, which is also why it’s a beginner-friendly pattern.
I don’t sew. Could you make me a dress?
Unfortunately this is not a service I offer. I love making patterns that empower YOU to sew your own clothes, which means I don’t have time to make one-off pieces.
Will you make a pattern for me?
Unfortunately this is also not a service I offer. I love making patterns for the home sewing market and therefore do not make individual patterns or patterns for design labels.
CAN I GIVE A COPY OF THE PATTERN TO MY FRIEND?
No, you may not copy, resell, share, distribute or publish (online or otherwise) any portion of any of In the Folds patterns.
CAN I SELL ITEMS MADE FROM YOUR PATTERNS?
No, patterns are for personal use only. I am happy for you to use the pattern to make a gift for a friend though!
What is your size range?
In the Folds patterns are available in sizes between Australian size 6 and 24. More details can be found here. Patterns are drafted for a B cup bust, so please refer to the finished garment measurements on the pattern to work out if you need to make an adjustment. Patterns are drafted for height of 170cm (5'7") and include lengthen and shorten lines so that you can adjust the pattern to suit your height.
CAN I TEACH A SEWING CLASS USING YOUR SEWING PATTERNS?
Yes! I would love that, although each student will have to purchase their own copy of the pattern for the class. I offer wholesale rates for classes of a certain size, so please get in touch if you would like to place an order.