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Help! Confused by curved peplum seams
Matching curves when altering/drafting??
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Date: 8/6/12 3:02 PM

I hope somebody can help me! My total dunderheadedness when it comes to spatial relations is rearing its ugly dunderhead, and I am getting myself all confused about drafting and matching up curved seams. Help! Basically, I'm trying to figure out how to go about making piece #8 fit piece #25 (sort of), and I don't know how to go about tweaking that curved waist seam to make them fit together.

I'm making Simplicity 4059 view B for my FIL.



It has a "peplum" of sorts made up of individual tabs. It's easier to see in the pattern photo. I want to turn that into a solid band, like this.

This seems like it should be so simple!! But the bottom of the bodice (pc #25, lower right-hand corner) has a dramatic curve to it, and it's completely throwing me. I think I need that curve to properly fit my FIL's belly (and I've already fit the bodice on him).



The original tabs (26 & 27) DON'T have that curve, which is my first source of confusion. How are you supposed to sew that curved front section of 25 to the very flat top of 27?

A friend suggested I use the longer, solid peplum pattern for View A (piece #8, center left next to 12) as a guide--which sounds BRILLIANT... except that View A has a much less dramatically curved bodice (pc #1, upper left corner).

I just have ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA how to go about figuring this out! How do I transfer the curve of View B to the peplum for View A?

I know we sew together curved seams all the time--and if you drew them out, the curves don't always exactly match. But I lack the knack for figuring out how to draft those curves so when you sew them together, they DO match.

Anyone?

Thanks!!!




-- Edited on 8/6/12 3:07 PM --

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Date: 8/6/12 4:37 PM

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1) On a new piece of paper - trace the curve.
2) draw down the depth you want the peplum and draw the outer bottom edge
3) It doesn't look like the solid peplum lies flat, so you will have to add some width to the bottom edge
- slit the pattern from the bottom edge to the curved edge and open the slits the amount you want.
4) Tape the slits open and true up the top and bottom edge
5) Add seam allowances.

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Date: 8/7/12 6:41 PM

Loti, I think I love you!

Can it really be that simple?! That's exactly what I would have done if there hadn't been a pattern--but for whatever reason, I let myself get totally confused by all the existing curves &c.

I have drafted the new piece, just as you pictured it, and will try it on the muslin tonight.

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