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Date: 9/2/13 2:10 PM

I am using Burda for the first time. I noticed they say to pin the pattern on the wrong side of the material, exactly opposite of the American patterns. Anyone know why this is? Happy Labor Day! I'm making 6990, it is super easy T-shirt, 3 pieces.

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Date: 9/2/13 2:26 PM

Which American patterns say to pin the pattern to the right side of the fabric?

FWIW, it doesn't matter which you do as long as you are consistent. Make sure you have a left sleeve and a right sleeve, etc. :)

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Date: 9/2/13 2:33 PM

Congrats on making your first Burda. I am a big fan of Burda :).

I am assuming that the pattern has you cutting a doubled (folded) piece of fabric? I can't speak to the directions given by various pattern companies, but when my (American) grandmother taught me to sew she taught me to fold the fabric with right sides together for cutting. So the pattern would be pinned to the wrong side. It's easier to mark the fabric this way and some of the pieces may already be together in the way you want to sew them.
When I cut on a single layer I cut with the right side up.

For symmetrical garments that are cut on a fold or single layer it won't matter much which side of the fabric you pin to. For garments with pattern pieces that are asymmetrical it's best to follow the layout directions in the pattern.

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Date: 9/2/13 6:17 PM

I use Burda a lot, and I just pin the pieces to the right side because that's how I was taught. But after frame asked that question, I had a look at my American patterns. I was very surprised to see that they all said to fold the fabric right sides together too. I don't think it really makes any difference (except, yes, be consistent). I suppose one reason I pin the pieces to the right side is in case there are any little flaws in the fabric that you want to avoid.

I hope you enjoy using Burda -- I switched to Burda several years ago when I found out how well they fit, and I rarely use anything else.

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Date: 9/2/13 6:22 PM

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...pinned to the wrong side. It's easier to mark the fabric this way and some of the pieces may already be together in the way you want to sew them.


I never thought of this -- I may try it and see if I like this way better, after all these years.

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For garments with pattern pieces that are asymmetrical it's best to follow the layout directions in the pattern.


Ah, very good point. I guess something could end up facing the wrong direction? I'm taking your word for it -- I'm not spatially gifted at all.

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Date: 9/2/13 7:35 PM

The first pattern I pulled out showed single pieces cut with the fabric right side up. That makes total sense if there is a right and left side front, for example. I like to keep the fabric right side up even for folded bits, because when I mark, I stick a pin through and chalk the wrong side. It's also easier to make sure large fabric design bits are where you want them. Nothing like those big flowers on places you don't really want people to look.

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Date: 9/2/13 7:54 PM

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...fabric right side up. That makes total sense if there is a right and left side front, for example. It's also easier to make sure large fabric design bits are where you want them.

Other very good points.

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Date: 9/3/13 9:04 AM

I never realized any one actually cut right side up on purpose, unless it was a single layer I've always cut right sides together.

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Date: 9/3/13 9:32 AM

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I never realized any one actually cut right side up on purpose, unless it was a single layer I've always cut right sides together.

Raising my hand for this camp as well.

I only cut on the right side if it's single layer...

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Date: 9/3/13 10:53 AM

Thank you for your opinions. I'm going to fold the fabric with wrong sides together as I've always done. Otherwise i'm afraid I will confuse myself and cause a mishap. Happy sewing.

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