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Date: 12/20/12 10:46 PM

I need lengthen the waist on my pattern, which is a usual straight across at the marking. Only this pattern says to lengthen by following the dotted line...which is not straight across.
It's across, down, across. It makes no sense to me why I should adjust it this way. Has anyone sewn, seen, or can explain this to me.
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Date: 12/21/12 12:54 PM

That does seem odd, since it's a simple sheath dress. Maybe they wanted to avoid the waist darts and so drew the line underneath them?

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Date: 12/21/12 1:06 PM

I've seen these, although not lately. They sometimes appeared on older patterns. I have no explanation for why, though.

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Date: 12/21/12 4:29 PM

I think it is to make it easier to line up the pieces horizontally and vertically after you have cut them apart. The "tab" makes it less likely that you would slide the pieces side to side and not have things lined up right.

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Date: 12/21/12 6:30 PM

I'm thinking along the same lines as LauraTS. In some cases you can't cut straight across. So they have you cutting across, down and across to avoid adding length to something that should not be lengthened. LauraTS's example of a dart is a good one.

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Date: 12/21/12 6:56 PM

It was common when I was young and sometimes the vertical lines would have 1/4 inch markings so you didn't need a ruler (although I have always used one). A straight cut is just so much easier IMHO.
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Date: 12/21/12 10:40 PM

I've used this to lengthen, & as you stated it is used to measure which is how I did my adjustments. The "tab" keeps the horizontal line straight and even so that you don't wind up with one side longer than the other.


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Date: 12/22/12 8:56 AM

If (when) cutting straight across to lengthen, I have always drawn a line down the length to correspond with the straight grain. Then when inserting the extra pattern paper I can join the ends of this line and be sure the I have maintained grain line. Perhaps jagging the adjustment line does the same thing.
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