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Help with steps in Mccalls 6078 Pattern
This is labeled easy, but I'm on my first pattern and need some explanation of steps.
AnnAlytical
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Date: 3/13/13 8:52 PM

Hi!

I'm working through M6078 B a sleeveless cowl neck knit shirt. I've made it to step 4 by myself!

But now I need someone to help explain to me parts of steps 4 & 5:

4. I have to tack a self facing to the shoulder seams. I was under the impression that tacking is temporary. Do I just use a straight long seam and leave it there? There are 7 steps to the pattern, but none say to remove it.

5. As part of this step I have to press seam allowances towards the back. Does this mean I fold the seam allowances and iron?

Thanks for any help!
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Date: 3/13/13 9:59 PM

I would guess in this case the tacking of the facing is to be permanent--to keep the facing from flopping about or shifting as you wear it. Just sew it in place with a couple of small, somewhat loose hand-stitches (loose so there is some give as you move). The temporary stitching you're thinking of is called basting (which I just *this minute* realized is the same term you use in cooking! Ha!).

"Press seam allowances toward back" means to lay the sewn garment out flat on your ironing board, and (with your iron!) press both seam allowances so they fold against the back of the garment. This is as opposed to pressing them open, where one seam allowance is toward the front and one is toward the back, like you normally would. One reason I can think of for doing this would be to make sure they would both be enclosed neatly by a facing, a collar, or a waistband.

HTH!

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~Gem in the prairie

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Date: 3/19/13 8:01 AM

Thanks so much! Everything seems easy once it's explained, but I always think too much into things.
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