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Bias-cut pattern piece falls off the edge in diagram

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Date: 12/15/10 5:31 PM

I'm trying to make a bias-cut evening gown from a vintage 1940's pattern (it is actually a nightgown). The pattern is designed to be cut on the bias, and gives cutting diagrams for up to 39" wide fabric. However, the skirt pieces (there are two, front and back) are drawn as if a corner of them is cut off and then it is placed somewhere else on the fabric. In the notes below, it suggests "piecing" for pattern pieces too wide for the fabric.
I don't want to end up with a strange wedge of fabric on one bottom side of the dress, which is what it seems to be suggesting I do.
By the way, I am using 45" fabric, which is still not wide enough.
Should I cut the skirt into 4 pieces and have front and back center seams? I feel like that would ruin the look.
Any suggestions are welcome.
-- Edited on 12/15/10 5:32 PM --

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In reply to wendybirde <<

Date: 12/15/10 6:08 PM

Piecing isn't really all that big a deal, and is a good way to widen fabric in a particular area when it's too narrow for a bias cut garment. Usually, the piecing is done at the back or the side back. Believe it or not, even on a solid colored garment, it scarcely shows if you do it right.

Now, as to how to do it right: That's a little harder to find. Most basic sewing manuals show you how to do it, but I've had difficulty finding websites with illustrations. Here, however, is a link that will give you some idea.


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In reply to Elona <<

Date: 12/15/10 11:07 PM

Thanks for the tip, Elona. I learned something new!


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