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Date: 5/16/12 2:29 PM

Wow--I must be really brainless today, because this is completely stumping me. I'm trying to cut out Butterick/See&Sew 5511, view A (turtleneck/tunic), and I have no idea what this cutting diagram is telling me to do. Normally with such a simple pattern (just 3 pcs) I wouldn't even consult the diagram, but I'm still pretty inexperienced with knits and don't want to do something boneheaded and ruin the pieces by cutting them out wrong.



Here's the diagram:


The front and back pieces are supposed to be cut on the fold (which makes total sense)... but I'm not wrapping my brain around *how* they have the fabric folded. How is there a fold at the top AND bottom of the diagram, with the selvages at one end?

Can I just lay out the fabric folded lengthwise/selvages together, and put the bodice pieces on the fold? Or is there a direction of stretch that I'm not taking into account? (I'm working with French terry.) Or am I supposed to lay the fabric out flat, wrong-side up, and then fold both sides toward the middle?

Help? Was really hoping to get this cut out this afternoon (Wed.).

Thanks!!!

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Date: 5/16/12 2:37 PM

You have to completely unfold the fabric first, then bring each selvage towards the middle. That way you have to folds in your fabric, one on top and one on the bottom. I guess it is presented this way to save fabric.

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Date: 5/16/12 2:45 PM

The diagram is misleading -- the selvedges are actually meeting in the middle. In most cases (especially with 60" or 150 cm wide fabric), you can get your front and back from the same length of fabric if you open the fabric out to flat and then fold both selvedges towards the middle. For smaller sizes this will also work with the narrower widths.

The method indicated for laying out will save you a significant amount of fabric on most if not all your knit projects.

Hope you are able to get this cut out this afternoon.

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Date: 5/16/12 2:58 PM

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Or am I supposed to lay the fabric out flat, wrong-side up, and then fold both sides toward the middle?

Yes. What everyone else said...

The good thing about folding those side selvages to the center is that you also avoid the center fold line on the bolted knit; it's often sun faded....

Hope you get your tunic cut out this afternoon!

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Date: 5/16/12 3:53 PM

Whew!! Thanks, everyone!

Honestly, the fold-to-the-middle bit didn't occur to me until I was typing the post... but even then I wasn't sure. I've done that with muslins and a couple other projects (actually, I think I did it on my last knit muslin!), but had never seen it as an "approved" layout!

Grabbing the scissors now...

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