SIGNUP - FREE Membership and 1 FREE Sewing Lesson
| FAQ | Login
 

Platinum Sponsor
Fashion Fabrics Club
Fashion Fabrics Club

Forum > Beginner's Forum > Forgot to wash fabric. I pinned and cut so far... ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
Go to Page:
Forgot to wash fabric. I pinned and cut so far...
Should I bother washing at this point?
Theresse
Theresse
Beginner
Member since 4/29/09
Posts: 61
Send Message

      



Date: 1/26/13 4:25 AM

It's cotton - somewhat heavy but not super heavy - for a '30's style apron. Would the fraying from washing be deeper than the seam allowance, do you think?

What do you recommend I do at this point? I've cut the main body of the apron out but not yet the straps, ties or pocket.

Oh - one other thing: I'm a little annoyed with this pattern, being a beginner, because no only does it have writing on both sides so therefor require tracing paper, but it doesn't give the layout of where the pieces should go once placed on the fabric. I do see the arrows to go with the grain (and yes I know they're parallel to the selvage - whew! I know something it appears!) and it shows where the fold goes, so it may be that it's intuitive enough not to need a layout. Is that what that means do you think? I mean, when they don't give you a layout (or whatever it's called), is that cause it's not important enough to need to?

Also, it doesn't say whether the fabric should be placed down right side up or wrong side down - presumably because it doesn't give any instructions re. the layout in the first place. Is it automatically going to come out correctly if I follow what they DO say about the grain line then? It does mention putting right sides together or wrong sides together (can't remember which right now) or something like that, re. the straps (that go around the neck). They say to put the body on the fold but then they don't specify doing so with the two straps that need to be cut out, which are identical in shape. So I'm wondering it I can just cut them on the fold too, so so speak - not right on the fold due to their funky shape, but I mean to cut out two pieces of fabric pinned under one pattern piece to get an exact duplicate/copy and to save time. If that makes sense!

It's this pattern, and the apron on the far right of the picture: http://www.amazon.com/Taylor-Made-Designs-Patterns-Retro-Aprons/dp/B002GJM50Q/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1359193176&sr=8-15&keywords=sewing+pattern+vintage+aprons

Thank you so much!

-- Edited on 1/26/13 4:43 AM --

KathySews
star
KathySews  Friend of PR
Advanced
Michigan USA
Member since 10/1/06
Posts: 3927
Send Message

      
thumbsup 1 member likes this.



Date: 1/26/13 4:29 AM

I suggest you cut a measured square, 6" or 8" and wash/dry that to see how it shrinks.

Since this is an apron, I would not wash it. There are great debates of whether to prewash or not. And, yes, we have all done this.

Theresse
Theresse
Beginner
Member since 4/29/09
Posts: 61
Send Message

      



In reply to KathySews <<


Date: 1/26/13 4:45 AM

Quote: KathySews
I suggest you cut a measured square, 6" or 8" and wash/dry that to see how it shrinks.



Since this is an apron, I would not wash it. There are great debates of whether to prewash or not. And, yes, we have all done this.

Thanks Kathy - I was leaning toward not washing just cause like you said it's an apron, but then I read somewhere that the thread not shrinking can be the issue (it'll pucker). I like the idea of testing a piece out though! Thank you.
Clareew
star
Clareew  Friend of PR
Intermediate
UNITED KINGDOM
Member since 5/10/06
Posts: 1102
Send Message

      



Date: 1/26/13 10:33 AM

I have made a couple of the 'More Retro Aprons' and they have come out very well.

For the straps, yes you can fold your fabric and then cut out two pieces at the same time, this makes them match exactly. You can do this to any pieces you need two of.

Keep us posted with your progress, do ask if you have any more questions.

------
Clare

Machines: Juki F600, Juki 654 serger, Bernina 550 for art work, Janome Coverpro 1000cp barely used
A Singer Featherweight Centennial and an old Necci in the loft waiting for TLC

http://art-by-clare.blogspot.co.uk/

SandiMacD
star
SandiMacD  Friend of PR
Intermediate
Florida USA
Member since 2/8/09
Posts: 2564
Send Message

      



Date: 1/27/13 3:15 AM

You are a very sensible sounding beginner- good intuition. No need to prewash- all the pieces from the same cotton will shrink the same so it shouldnt pucker- just shrink an inch or so overall.
I always ignore pattern layouts and cut my straps together as others have suggested. Folks don't do this anymore, but in the old days we always cut our strings/straps on the selvage to save sewing time. The cut edge goes under, the selvadge on top and sew down center. But I think now a days the cheap cotton shrinks too much- I should test it out one day though. I am sure my daughter would have a heart attack if she saw a selvage showin on a strap!
Doesn't matter a bit if your pattern pieces are pinned to the right or wrong side for an apron.
For clothing you have to watch things like repeating patterns, bias, one way designs, stretch direction of knits, etc- much more fussy. But anything you sew that is only one piece- bib, apron, single placemat, etc- only the grainline matters.
You can spray it down with water, use a steam cloth or steam iron then dry iron if you need to shrink a cotton you cut out. Just a future tip if tossing in a washer isn't possible.

Or you can cut the apron pieces about a half inch bigger all along the pattern and make the straps about 1.5 inches longer- if you are concerned that they may shrink too much and not be long enough to tie around your waist. Or just place the apron body piece along the fold so about an inch or so of fabric is showing between the pattern piece and fold line. The cut the top of the apron so that an inch or so of fabric is added above the pattern top cutting line. That would work if you dont want to take the time to preshrink and haven't cut the apron. Its not something you want to try for garments pieces though- just one piece items.

I bet it wont be too long before you begin posting tips for us! Let us know how it turned out.
-- Edited on 1/27/13 3:24 AM --

------
sewing brings joy and meaning to my life...

Go to Page:
Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview

printable version Printable Version

* Advertising and soliciting is strictly prohibited on PatternReview.com. If you find a post which is not in agreement with our Terms and Conditions, please click on the Report Post button to report it. Beginner's Forum >> Forgot to wash fabric. I pinned and cut so far...

 
adv. search»
pattern | machine | member
        
Bust Adjustments
Bust Adjustments

Register

Understanding Wool Fabrics
Understanding Wool Fabrics

Register

Neue Mode 23425

photo
by: Milenushka

Review
Making Patterns from Existing Garments - A CD book by Kenneth King

Making Patterns from Existing Garments - A CD book by Kenneth King

Buy Now
Christine Jonson Travel Trio Two

Christine Jonson Travel Trio Two

Buy Now

Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Shipping Rates | Returns & Refunds | Contact Us | About | New To PR | Advertising

Copyright © 2014 PatternReview.com® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.