Thursday, August 8, 2013

How to cut and pin a pattern

If you ever wondered how to cut and pin a pattern. Above is a picture of how it looks to correctly cut out and pin a pattern.  This picture was taken during last Saturdays Project Skirt Class. 

Cutting out the Pattern;
  • First, when you open up your pattern there will be several pieces.  You will look at the directions of the pattern to determine what pattern pieces you need to cut out to make the skirt/item you desire.
  • Basically, you cut out the pattern right outside the black lines of the size skirt you are making.  

Once the Pattern is cut out;
  • Some suggest ironing the wrinkles out.  I don't, I've always been scared I might burn or scorch the pattern.  Plus, it seems like an extra delay from me getting started.  So what I do is just smooth the pattern out with my hands as I pin.

Pinning the Pattern to your material;
  • Place the fabric as stated in the directions, or place is where you waste the least amount of fabric.  But, keeping in mind the direction markers on the pattern.   Also, keep in mind the cut on fold marker.
  • If you look closely at the pattern, the student is pinning the pattern by placing the pins in the long way.
  • Once the pattern is pinned to the wrong sides of the fabric.  You can begin cutting the pattern out.
  • Keep in mind the arrows that need to be cut out.   But this step will be shown in class.
I hope this helps you get started cutting your pattern out for your next class.  Please let me know if this helps your.  If you have any questions, or something isn't clear please leave a comment below.
 Thanks Happy Sewing

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