Frequently asked questions about the patterns – FAQ

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Do sewing patterns from Nähtalente contain a seam allowance?

With some patterns, the seam allowance is already included in the pattern, with others not. Please read the sewing online or in the PDF sewing instructions when you have bought a sewing pattern. So you can be sure whether your pattern already includes a seam allowance.

Do I have to register for accessing this site?

No ☺ All information on patterns, tutorials and sewing instructions arepublic without registration. However, I am happy if you register for our free newsletter.

Where can I find free sewing patterns from Naehtalente?

In the download library you will find a nice selection of patterns that I have put together for you. These are PDF sewing patterns, that you can easily print out on your printer at home.

I would like to work with the patterns commercially, do I need a license?

  • Yes, a commercial license of the respective pattern is required. This applies to the use in sewing courses, videos, tutorials etc. as well as selling pieces that have been sewn according to my patterns and sewing instructions.
  • All my patterns are copyrighted! This affects both the patterns in my shop and the free patterns.
  • The free instructions and free sewing patterns are also not intended for commercial use.
  • If a pattern is used without the appropriate license, I am unfortunately forced to warn you through a lawyer.
  • Please contact me by email at if you want to purchase a license.

Sizing guide woman and man

Sizing guide woman – metric (centimeters)

European Sizes3436384042444648505254
back length40,440,74141,341,641,942,242,542,843,143,3

Sizing guide woman – imperial (inch)

European Sizes3436384042444648505254
back length16,216,316,416,516,616,816,917,017,217,217,4

Sizing guide man – metric (centimeters – for underwear only)


Sizing guide man – imperial (inch – for underwear only)


measure correctly

All Naehtalente patterns were designed according to the same measurement table. To find the right size, take your measurements directly above the underwear.

  1. Chest or chest circumference (measure across the fullest part of the chest)
  2. waist or waist circumference
  3. Hips or hip circumference (measure across the fullest part of the chest)
  4. Chest depth (measure from the base of the neck/shoulder to the tip of the chest)
  5. front length (measure from neckline/shoulder to waist)
  6. Hip depth (measure from the base of the neck/shoulder to the hip)
  7. back length (measure from lowest cervical vertebra to waist)
Measure women correctly

Where can I find more free sewing patterns?

A lot of pattern designers provide free patterns. You can find these patterns in the pattern database.

How do I print a PDF sewing pattern?

How do I print a PDF sewing pattern? ? Read our tips if it doesn’t work: Print PDF sewing patterns. It is best to open the pattern with the free Acrobat Reader. An Internet browser or other PDF viewer often produces errors.

quick guide

  • Save PDF sewing pattern on PC.
  • Open the sewing pattern with Acrobat Reader.
  • Print at either 100% (actual size) or without scaling in the print settings. With the printer driver’s automatic settings, it can be automatically scaled to fill the paper completely with the print. Unfortunately, this leads to errors in patterns!
  • measure the test square
  • Cut and sew.

Why do I need a pattern that is 1-2 sizes larger than I usually wear?

The discrepancy between ready-to-wear and cutting patterns is very easy to explain. Unfortunately, in recent years, ready-to-wear has started to declare sizes smaller for buyers than they actually are. This is solely to flatter shoppers and encourage them to buy more from that brand. Customers often get the impression “Oh, I still fit in size XX… 20 years ago…”. Lt. Standard size table for creating custom cuts I fit in size 40 – but I often buy ready-made in size. 36 or 38, because I very often size 40 is too big.

In addition, each manufacturer adds their own comfort allowances and there is no standardized size table (national or international) for ready-made clothing.

In addition, the subsequent fit of the garment depends on the fabric used, in this case jersey or woven fabric? Or woven fabric with elastane/spandex? Dependent and personal preference for rather loose or tight clothing.

With these many different factors, it is almost impossible to sew a suitable piece of clothing right away. I learned to sew when a muslin was made from nettle and all the necessary changes were made. That’s why it’s always good to first sew a test model from a cheap fabric and check the fit.

Only the appropriate size table for the respective pattern is binding for patterns!

I have more questions…

No problem! I’m happy to try to help you. Visit the Facebook group: Naehtalente sewing cafe and ask your question over there.
Alternatively, send me a message using the contact form.