Industry Guide to Sewing Order

Your go-to list for garment assembly

As we are soon adding Pattern Drafting to our collection of lessons it is important to know correct sewing order for the best results. This will also help if you are using an old pattern and the instructions are lost (or DESTRUCTIONS as one of my students called them).

Fashion industry pros do not use direction sheets. Instead, they follow a very logical sewing order. Also referred to as the "Unit Method of Construction”; this systematic approach to sewing enables the garment's complete front and back to lie flat as long as possible. All darts, tucks, pleats, and style lines are sewn first and the side seams or shoulder seams are not sewn until absolutely necessary. This makes the garment easier to manipulate in the machine and simplifies the sewing process.

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