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Mangosteen25
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Date: 1/15/14 6:01 AM

I've just finished making these shorts (fabrics chosen by Miss 3):
http://sewing.patternreview.com/review/pattern/94419

It was pretty easy to put them together and I'll make them again. I just want to ask about the pattern instructions so I understand things better.

At one point the pattern said to 'Baste side seams, matching seam numbers (8), and lower leg seams, matching seam numbers (9). Stitch seams'.

This is a very simple pattern so I'm wondering why they say to baste the super simple side seams. Nothing tricky about them. You don't need the seam numbers and could pretty much do a good job without even pinning. What's all the basting about??

Also a rib knit question. Best way to stop it bunching a little when it's being sewn to a flat cotton? Or you just need lots of pins?

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Date: 1/15/14 2:09 PM

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At one point the pattern said to 'Baste side seams, matching seam numbers (8), and lower leg seams, matching seam numbers (9). Stitch seams'.



This is a very simple pattern so I'm wondering why they say to baste the super simple side seams. Nothing tricky about them. You don't need the seam numbers and could pretty much do a good job without even pinning. What's all the basting about??



Also a rib knit question. Best way to stop it bunching a little when it's being sewn to a flat cotton? Or you just need lots of pins?


Well, the purpose of basting here would also be to allow for fitting, and altering, before the permanent side seams were sewn in, and any extra SA trimmed.

As to the rib knit, yes, I do lots of pins!! (I probably over-pin at times; I'm not a fast sewist. But I am fairly accurate as I don't want to make any glaring errors and have any big alterations to make.)
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Date: 1/15/14 4:20 PM

Thanks Shanti, that makes sense. I kind of thought these shorts are designed to be a little baggy so didn't think anyone would bother checking the fit of the side seams (crotch maybe). But I guess it would depend on the fabric and also whether you have a super skinny kidlet or such like.

Good to know others finds rib knit as 'crawly'. Thanks very much for your reply.
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Date: 1/16/14 1:28 AM

It's up to you if you want to baste or not. If you have made the pattern before or you have made a muslin and know it's going to fit, you would not need to bother with basting. I rarely baste, but sometimes I do have to rip out seams and wish I had basted!

For sewing a knit to a cotton, have you tried a walking foot? They can be pricey, but so useful because they keep the feed even on the top and bottom fabrics to avoid slipping and bunching.

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Date: 1/16/14 5:35 AM

They are such simple little shorts I thought they would be fine no matter what. They could be a size down but they are nice and loose for hot days and my girl will be able to wear them for ages. I'm still trying to get used to combo of colours she chose! The stripy band is pretty lively but she adores them. I reckon this would work okay with a normal stretchy poly cotton for the bands.
I haven't heard of a walking foot so thanks for that. I will go and check it out. On the up side the bunching is only minor and only on the inside of the waistband where it can't be seen.

Thanks for taking the time to reply. So generous of you all and I'm learning so much.

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Date: 1/16/14 12:06 PM

I'm sure you would be fine even without basting, in that case. I don't always baste, either. Especially if it's straightforward and simple, or a TNT (tried 'n true), I know that basting won't be necessary. A walking foot can be a wonderfully helpful thing! They're a bit pricier, but worth it for those times where needed.

This is a great sewing community...I think of it as a cyber sewing circle! I continue to learn; and one thing I've learned about sewing -- there is always more to learn. It's quite a fascinating adventure; never dull.

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