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Date: 9/12/12 9:31 PM

I'm completely baffled! As a rank beginner, I thought making an outfit for a friend's baby would be within my skill set. For the life of me, I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong. The back facing doesn't match up with the back at all! I have enough material to cut something that will work, but I'd like to learn where I went wrong. This is the first time I've attached photos, so please let me know if they aren't working.

The pattern instructions:


The facing over the back


A blurry picture of the facing behind the back


I've included a couple of pictures of the actual pattern because I'm wondering if that's the issue?


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Date: 9/12/12 9:39 PM

Here are the URLs to the photos in case these are too small.



http://www.flickr.com/photos/87166587@N06/7981208447/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/87166587@N06/7981209561/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/87166587@N06/7981212906/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/87166587@N06/7981213918/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/87166587@N06/7981215052/

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Date: 9/12/12 9:44 PM

I can't tell for sure, but in the third pic it looks like the fabric is extending beyond the pattern, especially at the fold line. Any errors in cutting when the pc is on a fold will be multiplied by 2.

Are you sure you cut the body and facing on the same size lines?

The last thing I can see is that there is a whole lot a bias going on in that pc! If you do not stabilize or handle bias very carefully, it can really stretch out.

Hope this helps

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Date: 9/12/12 9:59 PM

Hi Heidi! Thanks so much! I'll double check this. When I put the fabric pieces over the patterns, they look okay though maybe I'm not looking carefully enough. The thing I can't figure out is how the facing/interfacing piece got so dang SHORT.

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Date: 9/12/12 10:19 PM

Ahhh, I see, you are talking about the armseye of the bodice being so much longer (and lower) than the facing.

The BODICE is what you need to check against the pattern, it looks as though it got pretty stretched out and the facing is more correct.

If it is the bodice armseye that is stretched out, it is a pretty easy fix.

Also, sometimes it is easier to see what went awry if you lay the pattern OVER the fabric, that way you can see the pattern lines better.

Let me know if you need help with correcting the bodice you have already cut out, no need to re-cut it.

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Date: 9/12/12 10:47 PM

Reetsi, I think your front and back are mixed up. Your facings will match exactly r almost exactly. This is too far off to be stretching. When I looked at the flicker set I could see that the facing had double notches, I think your fabric has a single notch. That tells me you have the back and front mixed up. HTH

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Date: 9/12/12 11:10 PM

I think you have the back facing and trying to fit it to the front. You should have a front facing that say's front on it.
That is what it looks like to me. Hope you find the problem
-- Edited on 9/12/12 11:16 PM --

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Date: 9/13/12 2:27 AM

Hi!

Don't PANIC it will get you in more trouble walk away from it for a bit. I agree that you might have front ant back facings reversed it could also be a combination of that and some streaching. "Keep Cool And Carry On" Good luck.

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Date: 9/13/12 7:48 PM

You guys, thank you so much for your helpful advice! I hadn't known that double notches were for the back. When I went back and checked, I realized I had just been lazy and made one huge notch for two of them. I hope you don't mind taking a look at this? I'm wondering if the two pieces are NOT supposed to match up and I need to sew it in a specific way?

It looked like I had the back and back facing in the ballpark, though I realize now that it definitely could have been better. But when I place the back facing pattern piece on the back, it doesn't match at all. The only thing I can think of is that I just don't understand the directions and I'm supposed to be doing something different here?

More pix for your viewing pleasure. There's a link to my Flickr account in case you want to see it up close.

(I copied the pattern on to transfer paper because I was hoping to use it again for a friend who's expecting.)

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Date: 9/13/12 7:53 PM

Let's try those images one more time.

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