Not long after I started at Stitch, I received a note from a frantic reader. She was in the dead heat of making a baby swaddle for a newly arrived relative and she could not figure out the pattern instructions. I could just picture the situation because I have been there many times myself.
I quickly turned the query over to the technical editor, who spent 10 hours trying to determine the issue with the pattern, including actually taking the pattern home and sewing it from scratch herself. In the end it came down to a simple matter of reversing a pattern piece and we posted the correction on SewDaily.com.
The Stitch editorial team puts tremendous diligence into producing clear and accurate instructions because, being ardent sewists ourselves, we know just how frustrating it is to find a mistake in a pattern. If there is a reader query on a pattern, we make it a point to respond asap. We do that because we've all been there, stitching our way to a deadline, only to be stopped in our tracks by a mistake in the instructions.
Back to the baby swaddle. It is a very popular pattern–with good reason, because it's adorable. Like clockwork every few months, we get another frantic email, from an aunt or grandmother or sister, and the baby swaddle strikes again! We direct that person to the corrections page and avert a crisis. But one day Rose, Eliane, and I got to talking, and we realized that many readers may not know about the corrections page.
We would like to be perfect, but sometimes we do make mistakes and that's what the corrections page on SewDaily.com is for (located under the Magazines tab.) We recommend checking there if you have a concern with a pattern. (You can still write to us, too. We like to hear from you!)
I want to add that I have a new nephew who is of swaddling age, and I plan to make that darling swaddle, too. Stay posted for the finished product!
For many more adorable children's patterns, please check out Sew Beautiful magazine.
What do you do when you can't figure out instructions for a sewing pattern? I would love know.