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tessie b
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Date: 6/10/12 6:16 AM

I am making Simplicity # 1984 which is an easy bolero jacket pattern. I can't figure out how to attach the front band and back band to the garment! I think I am attaching the pieces wrong and I just can't get it to match. The directions that are frustrating me are #6 after applying the interfacing.
Has anyone made this pattern?
I'm sure I am just missing something obvious; but for the life of me I can't figure it out.
Many thanks for any and all help!!
Tess

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Date: 6/10/12 7:28 AM

tessie, I've been running into a lot of Simplicity patterns lately, that don't make the mark. I don't have this pattern, can you post the directions that are giving you the problem? It will be easier to let you know how to fix it, if we can see how it's suppose to be attached

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Date: 6/10/12 9:10 AM

Thanks so much!
Here is what it says:
With RIGHT sides together stitch front band to back band at shoulder seams. Stitch front band to lower back band at side seams.

None of the notches match up, the notches are nowhere near each other.

ARG!

Thanks

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Date: 6/10/12 10:42 AM

Not seeing the actual diagram or pattern pieces, I'm going to just toss out some thoughts. Do you have the pieces going in the right direction? I had a friend who recently tried to apply a neck band and she was putting it on upside down Have you walked the pattern pieces? In other words, pin the pattern pieces together and see if they work? If they don't, it could be a drafting problem with the pattern.

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Date: 6/10/12 11:52 AM

Here's the line drawing.:



Based on the drawing, I think they want you to do stitch the bands at shoulders and side seams to they make a circle (well, more like a shark's jaw bone, if you will).

Then you stitch the assembled band all around the outer edge of the bodice of the bolero, right sides together.*

do you use painter's tape/masking tape? I do this with knits and it helps since knits are mostly resistant to some traditional markers like tailor's chalk etc., esp. if you have to manipulate them a lot (rubs off, disappears with ironing etc)

So make sure you have correctly identified the shoulder seams vs side seams of the bands.

* This is the traditional way. In RTW manufacturing, side seams are the last sewn so you might try attaching the front bands to the bodice fronts, the back neckline band to the back neckline, the back hem band to the back bodice hem and THEN sewing shoullders and side seams. I haven't seen the pattern pieces so not sure of the actual shape of the bolero pattern pieces.

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Date: 6/10/12 7:07 PM

At this point in the instructions you are supposed to be doing four short seams. If the notches don't match I'd be surprised, but it can happen. However, it sounds more like you are joining the wrong bits together. You are supposed to be doing the shoulder seams of the band pieces, and the side seams of the band pieces. The main parts of the jacket don't come into it at #6.

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Date: 6/10/12 8:57 PM

Oops--lakaribane already described it! But in case you want to see where you should be sewing, here's a mark-up of the pattern drawing.
-- Edited on 6/10/12 9:01 PM --
-- Edited on 6/11/12 12:59 PM --

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