Friday, April 11, 2008

PR Tip

I haven't been very wordy lately; too many other distractions. So, this post is just some pictures to accompany a tip I've added to Pattern Review.

This is a tip for cutting out knit t-shirt style patterns without having to open the fabric to a single layer or cutting on the fold. I remember it from a Stretch-and-Sew class that I took years ago. It works for tops that have both left and right sides rather than a one side of the front/back placed on the fold.

When you have a pattern where the front and back are the same except for the neckline, trace the front neckline onto the back pattern piece.

I also place a piece of clear tape near the CF and back neckline intersection to offer a little support to the pattern paper. With your fabric folded (just as it comes off the bolt) lay the back pattern piece out on both layers and cut following the back neckline.

Remove the back piece but keep the pattern on the front. Cut out the front neckline stopping about 1/2" from the CF intersection (the picture was taken after cutting about 1" from the CF). Just fold the pattern out of the way and finish cutting the rest of the neckline.

The pattern remains in one piece and you don't have to fuss with all that arranging to cut the pieces out on a single layer.

I've also started using this method in places like skirt/dress hems. You can cut the shorter length but keep the longer length connected to the original pattern piece. I've done some experimenting using it with multisize patterns but at this point, I'm not sure it's worth the effort.


Sarah Doyle said...

WOW! This is awesome. I can't wait to try this. Thanks so much for the tip and pictures showing exactly what to do.

Sarah Doyle

"Finally it Fits!"

disa said...

I love it ! Very creative ! That's actually really cool Thanks.