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Posted on: 7/19/07 12:09 PM
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Some skirt patterns such as the Connie Crawford "pinwheel skirt" must be laid out on the right side of the fabric only in order to get the right look. You cannot fold the fabric and cut two layers because then some of the pieces will be reversed.

Instead of laying out and cutting each piece individually, lay out half the pieces on the right side of the fabric. For example, if the pattern says to cut 8 of an item lay out 4 copies of the piece.

If you don't have enough pattern pieces (the above-mentioned skirt provided 1 upper and 1 lower piece but recommended to cut out 8 of each item), make enough copies of the pattern to do half or place the pieces on the fabric and trace around the edges with chalk.

Once you have half of the items laid out to your satisfaction, cut the fabric at the bottom of those pieces. Move the unmarked fabric onto your cutting surface, right side up and then place the marked fabric layer on top of it, also right side up.

Line up the fabric pieces and pin around the edges, matching selvedges. Then, put as may pins through the marked pieces as you are comfortable with - or use weights to hold in place - and cut out both layers. If there are specific markings required, transfer them to the unmarked pieces before sewing the pattern together.

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tweedcurtain said... (7/21/07 0:46 AM) Reply
Great tip and one I can use on an upcoming project. I would just caution the obvious: make sure the grainlines are the same on both layers before cutting.
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