Online Sewing Class: Clone Your Favorite Garment
SIGNUP - FREE Membership and 1 FREE Sewing Lesson
| FAQ | Login
 

Forum > Pattern Modifications, Design Changes & Pattern Drafting > Seam allowances

Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
Go to Page:
Seam allowances
Julia C
star
Julia C  Friend of PR
USA
Member since 7/1/07
Posts: 1263
Skill: Advanced Beginner
Body Type:
Send Message

      



Date: 8/5/13 9:04 AM

I am working on the muslin for Burda 8218. The 5/8" seam allowances are driving me crazy since I have been tracing & adding my own to most patterns or using patterns with much smaller SAs (Jalie, Kwik Sew, StyleArc). I am planning to cut the real version today.
I am decreasing the facing to 1/4", sleeves to 3/8". I will probably leave the 5/8" on the side seams for insurance. My question is, do I make the neckline/ undercollar seam 1/4" or 3/8"?
BTW, this is a great pattern as long as you read the previous reviews & decrease the bust length on the markings to shorten that area. I am not sure if 3/4" shortening is enough in that area but will live with it for now as the back & shoulders look GREAT!!

PattiAnnJ
star
PattiAnnJ
Ohio USA
Member since 12/3/06
Posts: 8202
Skill: Advanced
Send Message

      
thumbsup 2 members like this.



Date: 8/5/13 9:28 AM

I find it easier to make all the seam allowances the same and then trim down to the recommended width. Otherwise, it can become confusing as well as time consuming.

Have you, or anyone who may be reading this used one of these when adding a seam allowance as you cut? I have not, so cannot give it a thumbs up or thumbs down.




-- Edited on 8/5/13 9:35 AM --

------
"Improvise, adapt and overcome." - Clint Eastwood/Heartbreak Ridge

"Isnít it a shame in todayís world you canít tell the truth. If you tell the truth youíre abrasive. If you lie youíre charming." - Bob Huggins/College Basketball Coach

Brine
star
Brine  Friend of PR
Member since 11/21/04
Posts: 224
Skill: Intermediate
Send Message

      



Date: 8/5/13 3:35 PM

I think you can add whatever seam allowance width you are comfortable with, but by all means when you are tracing make a note of the s.a. width on the pattern next to each seam.

------
Brine

Julia C
star
Julia C  Friend of PR
USA
Member since 7/1/07
Posts: 1263
Skill: Advanced Beginner
Body Type:
Send Message

      



In reply to Brine <<


Date: 8/5/13 5:13 PM

OK, I'll try the 3/8" then as I can always decrease. I have already marked every seamline on the pattern for alterations.

GlButterfly

GlButterfly
California USA
Member since 8/28/08
Posts: 3663
Skill: Intermediate
Send Message

      



Date: 8/5/13 7:19 PM

I do the same as PattiAnnJ.

------
That's Gl = for Gloria, not G. I.

sewdoggie22
star
sewdoggie22  Friend of PR
Oregon USA
Member since 8/6/12
Posts: 491
Skill: Intermediate
online now
Send Message

      



Date: 8/6/13 9:41 AM

If I'm not really sure how the fabric will fit or if there will be enough ease, I make a really big seam allowance and use a basting stitch for the first stitching.

Then, I adjust the seams to fit exactly on each section. When I have the fit, then I go back and either serge the seams or put in a 3.0 stitch. 3.0 is the industry standard for rtw.

Marie367
Marie367  Friend of PR
Ohio USA
Member since 5/28/11
Posts: 3946
Skill: Intermediate
Send Message

      



In reply to Julia C <<


Date: 8/6/13 10:50 AM

I view seam allowances as a guide. You can make them whatever you want. I can sew a 5/8" seam allowance without much effort as all patterns used to have that. Now many patterns use a 1/4" or something else. Some Burdas do not use the 5/8" seam. Make sure yours does and if you don't like it, use whatever size you want. I like the bigger seam allowance to work out fit-that way I can let something out if I need to do so. HTH

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. Pattern Modifications, Design Changes & Pattern Drafting >> Seam allowances

Merchants on PR

Patterns from the Past


vintage sewing patterns
Deals!

Nature's Fabrics


Natural & Organic Fabrics
Web site

Elliott Berman Textiles


Fabrics for Greater Ideas
Deals!

O! Jolly! Shop


Sweater Knit Fabrics
Web site

Amulet Swim Fabrics


Poly/PBT swimwear fabric
Web site

 
adv. search»
pattern | machine | member
        
Online Class
Blueprints to Blue Jeans
Blueprints to Blue Jeans

Class Details

Online Class
Altering Jackets
Altering Jackets

Class Details

Simplicity 2692

photo
by: Jonni Ange...

Review
Petite Plus D202 DVD

Petite Plus D202 DVD

Pattern Details
Paradiso Designs Everyday Bag Pattern

Paradiso Designs Everyday Bag Pattern

Pattern Details

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

Copyright © 2015 PatternReview.com® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.