I recently made my second pattern by Fayma Patterns and what I can say for sure is that this pattern company is quite different from the other indie patterns I’ve tried.Here is a list of the 5 things that stood to me.
1. Custom Sizing
First of all, they use a system where you first need to create a profile using your measurements. Then when you buy a pattern, you select your measurement profile and it will start generating a pattern based on those measurements.
The benefits of this are obvious if you hate adjusting your patterns to fit your unique body measurements- I myself am between 3 different sizes and I’m short. So, I usually have a lot of adjusting to do.
Each pattern piece seems to come in its own document if you’re printing at home. (You can select how you want to print your pattern. I use a regular printer so that’s what I select). So, for example, there would be one document of the right sleeve, one for the left sleeve, etc.
This can seem odd and possibly annoying haha but I do see the value in it for the sake of organization. This way, each piece is assigned a letter of the alphabet and this really helps with the instructions (then they can say, “attach pieces D and K” for example).
3. Seam Allowances
I’m a skimmer and so this may be my misunderstanding but for both patterns I’ve made (the new world blouse and the agility leggings), I have not been able to find a seam allowance size anywhere. So, I assumed it would be a 1/2 inch since that’s what most indie patterns tend to use. That seemed to workout since the clothes did fit. And I probably could have just asked them about it but.. I’m too lazy.
There did not seem to be a similar guide to the “pick a knit” guides on other patterns. I do wish I made this blouse with a more stretchy fabric because it is a knit (as fayma patterns suggests) but it’s still a bit too stiff. If you make this top, I highly recommend using a fabric with a very high 4-way stretch.
The instructions are very clear and come with pictures. I haven’t gotten stuck on any of the steps sewing their patterns but I do acknowledge that I am not a beginner and, so, I’m not sure I would feel that way if I were.
With all that being said, I do recommend this brand because I simply hate adjusting my patterns for my sizes and they do have some cute patterns. So, if you’re really just wanting to improve your sewing skills and not worry about fitting right now, it’s a good option. The patterns I’ve tried so far, definitely fit! You can also check out my review of their agility leggings here. If you decide to try it out, I’d love to hear your thoughts on them in the comments!
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