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ronniem2008
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Date: 1/15/13 4:30 PM

Hi there

It is a number of years since I have sewn any garments so a bit rusty, have cut out all pieces of the pattern cannot seem to work out what they mean on the instruction sheet when they ask you to lay side fronts right sides together with centre fronts, baste front panel seams and stitch. I am not sure what is to be stitched to what and where I place the sides, can you help me

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Date: 1/15/13 4:59 PM

It's a three piece front bodice, I assume with princess seams. You sew the side fronts to the front.

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Date: 1/15/13 6:12 PM

It helps to have a pattern company name and number when troubleshooting.

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Date: 1/15/13 7:50 PM

Isn't there a sketch accompanying the written directions?

You wrote side fronts stitched to center fronts, so there must be a center front seam. You first baste one of the side fronts to its corresponding center front, then the other side front to its corresponding center front.

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Date: 1/15/13 8:20 PM

Goodness knows, I myself have often complained (whined) about pattern instructions, but in truth, there is a LOT of information in the Big 4 commercial patterns (Simplicity, Butterick, McCalls, Vogue). The trick is learning how to decipher it.

However:
A) that information is split up and appears in 3 different places: the pattern envelope, the pattern instructions, and on the pattern tissue itself. You may need to check all 3 locations to find a specific bit of info that you need.

B) sewing patterns have their own specific format(s) in terms of how the instructions are written and what each illustration attempts to show. Taken all together (envelope, instructions, pattern tissue), think of it as a blueprint that you use to create a project -- or an engineering specification, or an architectural design. It does require that one learn how to decipher or "read" the entire package. I've been sewing for decades, and I can still be confused.

On your pattern instructions, at the very beginning or top of page 1, there should be a diagram of all the pattern pieces, with numbers (1, 2, 3, etc.) and a list of what each pattern piece is. (1 Front, 2 Side Front, 3 Back, 4 Sleeve, etc.) Each tissue pattern piece will have the corresponding number and name printed on it. Also, on the first page of instructions, there are some general instructions about seam allowances, seam finishes, etc. I usually skip this section, but I shouldn't. This section can include valuable info, for instance, sometimes I've found definitions for a few sewing terms used in the instructions. (For example: "layer" used to indicate what I learned as "grading". Sewing for decades and "layer" completely baffled me.)

The sewing instruction steps will refer to each pattern piece by name, but generally not by pattern piece number. (Annoying, but true.) So, you can refer to the pattern piece diagram on the instructions, or you can refer to the pattern tissue itself to identify center, side front, etc.

Welcome back to sewing!!

CMC

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