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Simplicity 2365 tuck instructions kinda stink
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Date: 4/28/10 2:03 PM

I'm working on this pattern


view B. The directions say:

To make tucks on outside fold along solid lines
stitch 1/8" from fold
Press tucks away from center


Here's what the pattern looks like:



I understand the part about folding on the line marked "tuck" and then sewing 1/8 inch from the fold, but those markings at the top of the pattern indicate to me that this has to be folded somehow and not just stitched 1/8" inch. Besides, how the heck do you Press tucks away from centerthat are only an eight of an inch?!
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-- Edited on 4/28/10 2:05 PM --

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Date: 4/28/10 4:13 PM

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Date: 4/28/10 4:48 PM

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I understand the part about folding on the line marked "tuck" and then sewing 1/8 inch from the fold, but those markings at the top of the pattern indicate to me that this has to be folded somehow and not just stitched 1/8" inch. Besides, how the heck do you Press tucks away from centerthat are only an eight of an inch?!

Yes, this will be folded -- when you press the tucks away from the center, that will create the folds that you see. Each of those little peaks on the right side of the pattern tissue is 1/8th-inch from the fold line for the tuck; the peak falls on the stitching line for the tuck.

The instructions are sparse, but here's how I'd do it (which does follow the instructions, but includes some additional detail):

1. Fold on the tuck fold line, wrong sides together (this will create the tucks on the OUTside of the garment - I assume this is the desired affect).
2. Stitch 1/8th-inch from the fold. Repeat for each marked fold line. You'll have 5 stitched "ridges" on the right side of the fabric when you are done. 1/8th-inch tucks will probably stand up straight from the surface of the fabric. (Larger tucks might tend to flop over.)
3. Press, starting from the center front of the pattern piece, pushing and pressing the "ridges" down and over toward the side seam ("away from the center"). This will flatten the "ridges" (by folding them over), make them all lay in the same direction, and create the folds you see indicated by the peaks on the pattern tissue.

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Date: 4/28/10 5:30 PM

Once the tucks are sewn and pressed towards the shoulders you should see that top neck edge be a smooth normal looking curve.

I think you'll love the shirt. I like the fabric too.

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Date: 4/29/10 7:09 AM

Thanks a million! I laid in bed last night wondering who was going to be able to explain this words-only. I was contemplating posting a visual of what I thought should be done, but you ladies explained this perfectly! Thanks!
I got this fabric from Gorgeous Fabrics with the intent to make a tunic for our upcoming Florida trip.
Thanks again!

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Date: 4/29/10 9:16 AM

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To make tucks on outside fold along solid lines

stitch 1/8" from fold

You're right, the directions kinda stink. The solid line is the sewing line, not the fold line.

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Date: 4/29/10 3:31 PM


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You're right, the directions kinda stink. The solid line is the sewing line, not the fold line





that makes total sense. I am so glad you posted this because this is one of these things that made me wonder if I was losing it or just too dumb to understand the simple instructions! Thanks!!
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Date: 4/29/10 4:33 PM

Good drawing!

If one needs to see it in action, just print the photo/drawing above, cut it out and try it.

It would've been so much easier if Simp had printed the fold and stitch lines like Kathleen shows.

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Date: 5/1/10 2:38 PM

I tremble a bit to post this, considering how much I admire Kathleen, but I've printed it out and tested it to be sure of what I'm saying, and I think that her directions are accurate only if you're pressing the tucks toward the center. The original directions work out if you're pressing it away from the center (as specified).

I'm basing this judgment on the way the edges line up beautifully if you follow the original directions, but with the modified directions you end up with an irregular mess. Maybe there's another consideration that I'm not thinking of, but that's what happened when I tried it.
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Date: 5/2/10 8:12 AM

I just did the tucks yesterday as Kathleen instructed with her edits to my drawing and it looks fantastic! I pressed the tucks to the outside and everything lined up at the top. They look even and straight and I am quite pleased with myself! Will post a photo shortly.

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