Pre-treat it and put it on-grain
Lay it flat to make sure the crosswise grain is aligned.
Cut it into sections to make it easier to handle
Folding the fabric in half matching up the selvages and placing the “nice side” (right side) of the fabric together [the side that will be showing when you wear the garment]
Matching up only the right side of the garment.
Putting all your pattern pieces on the right side of your fabric.
To indicate the proper seam allowance
To help match up pattern pieces as you sew
They indicate zipper, dart, and/or pleat placement
Pin fabric right sides together, sew at the stated seam allowance, pivot around any curves or points, and finish the fabric raw edges
Pin fabric pieces right sides together, sew at the standard seam allowance, back-stitching at both ends, trim your threads and press your seam allowance flat, then open
Sew a straight stitch through a single thickness of fabric with a short stitch length.
Parallel to the selvage
Perpendicular to the selvage
Along the true bias
Always buy a little more than they suggest on the back of the pattern envelope to account for shrinkage
Follow the suggested fabrics on the pattern, or choose a hand and weight that is best suited for the style of garment you’re sewing.
It's a good idea to use a knit fabric if you're still new to sewing. Knits are easier to work with than woven fabrics, and they're suitable for most garment types
Pick the size closest to what you wear in retail clothing
Take your measurements and refer to the size chart for the particular pattern company you're sewing with
Add two sizes to what you wear in retail clothing.
The distance from selvage to selvage
The amount of fabric you need for your size
Measured along the fabric selvage
Along the solid line only, which is the standard cutting line
On the appropriate line for your size, alternating between the solid and dotted lines as needed
Outside the lines leaving a tissue margin in case you need to adjust your pattern size