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Posted on: 12/27/05 7:47 AM
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When you're making a small, non-wearable item, like a purse, from a large scale print, it really matters where on the fabric you cut your pieces. A big, splashy flower looks better offset from the middle, but kept complete rather than chopped off at the edge or seamline. An allover design of large motifs looks better placed asymmetrically, or with an odd number of designs.

Trace your pattern piece on firm paper, such as newspaper or brown kraft paper, with plenty of leftover margin all around. Tape pieces together if necessary. Now cut out the pattern piece and set it aside. The outside piece becomes a window frame.

Place this over your fabric and move it around until you find a spot with motifs you like and positioned in a pleasing way. Remember to allow for seam allowances or folding for side gussets and keep your motifs well within the edges.

Now place your pattern piece back inside the window and pin in place.

This is similar to positioning motifs on your body to keep them away from the bust point.

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Patti B said... (12/27/05 9:29 PM) Reply
What a nice suggestion for 'framing' the design. Thanks!
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