Member since 9/13/12
Date: 9/13/12 3:16 AM
I'm currently making Simplicity 2398 and have managed to cut out the fabric pieces I need. I'm now looking at the lining and overlay cutting patterns but I'm totally confused about how to fold the various fabrics to get the cuts.....here's a picture.
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Member since 2/5/09
Date: 9/13/12 3:55 AM
One on the left you have selvages on both sides, so cut edge to cut edge. One on the right looks like is folded twice. Does it make sense?
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Member since 6/26/11
Date: 9/13/12 4:02 AM
In the first diagram, the fabric is folded hamburger rather than hot dog style. Usually you fold the fabric so that each cut edge is folded onto itself, that's lengthwise or hot dog. Cutting on the crosswise grain means that you fold the selvedges (finished edges) onto themselves.
I think the second diagram shows a piece of fabric with the selvedges both folded towards the center, as they usually label both sides if both sides are selvedge. The line between pieces 2 and 3 is where they should meet.
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Date: 9/13/12 9:02 AM
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Date: 9/13/12 12:06 PM
Is the second diagram folded in quarters? I agree, that is entirely confusing. How many each of pieces 1, 2, and 3 are you supposed to end up with? It sort of looks like you lay your piece out flat, and then fold in the cut edges to meet in the center in a gate fold:
Then fold the selvages together (the selvages being the top and bottom of the diagram shown above).
But that would be a very complicated fold--it would be easier to cut each piece out twice than to get this fold perfect.
If you're not supposed to end up with two full pieces for each (as they are cut on the fold), I really don't know what that fold is all about.
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Member since 4/24/05
Date: 9/14/12 10:17 AM
Honestly, I usually ignore those confusing cutting diagrams completely unless I'm making something with very large and/or oddly shaped pieces that won't fit on the fabric as it comes off the bolt folded "hot dog" style. I buy a half yard or so extra to accommodate this lazy habit of just slapping the pieces down and cutting. I do make sure to align the grainlines on the pattern pieces as directed. That makes the garment hang properly.
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Date: 9/14/12 10:19 AM
I agree with Nicegirl that it looks like a gate fold and it would be easier to cut each piece twice rather than fold. If your fabric is a print or has any kind of pattern, you would have one piece running upside down with the gatefold!