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Help, the pattern shows perpendicular salvages!
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Date: 11/27/12 10:27 PM

I'm familiar with salvages and what they are, but I have two patterns that show TWO salvages but in a perpendicular setting. I can't figure out why/how I lay fabric out so I have a salvage on the "top" (far) edge AND on the right edge. Can you help explain what this is all about? It's a simple pattern: McCall's M6455 and I'm sewing D. I also have a bag pattern from McCall's (6668) that shows the fabric layed out with a salvage on the top (far side) and the right. Totally confused....

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Date: 11/27/12 11:08 PM

You have me confused. I looked on the internet and found what was a dog bed and a computer and cell phone travel holders. Is that what these patterns are?
Now did you look at the layout of the patterns. They do show you how to lay the pattern. The patterns have arrows showing which way the pattern should lay. hope this helps

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Date: 11/27/12 11:12 PM

I assume you're talking about selvages. Can you post a pic of the pattern layout?

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Date: 11/27/12 11:14 PM

Maybe this will help: The selvedges are the finished, lengthwise edges of the fabric. There are two selvedges (not salvages, which is a different word) on every length of fabric.

But the most important factor is that this is is the LENGTHWISE grain of your fabric. When you lay out your pattern, the lengthwise grain should run from your neckline to the bottom hem, and from the top of your shoulder to the cuff of the sleeve.

Unfortunately, pattern companies do make errors with their printed layouts, but you, as the person who sews, will be OK if you remember that in general the lengthwise grain goes with your vertical orientation, as it would be if you were standing.


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Date: 11/27/12 11:16 PM

It's the way they're showing it that's odd. The belt goes along one selvage edge. They are showing it in that position because you may need to piece the fabric to get the length you need. If your piece fits along the selvage edge, you're fine. Pattern layouts are suggestions anyway. So long as you follow grainlines correctly you can put any pattern piece anywhere it fits on your material.

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Date: 11/27/12 11:23 PM

It is hard to tell without seeing the pattern layout but I am guessing this is just because the layout is for a single layer of fabric and rather than being folded to creates two layers of fabric.

If your fabric is layed out in a single layer you will have the selvages (US spelling) or selvedges (UK/Aust spelling) running down the length of the fabric, parrallel to each other, on both sides. The cut ends of your fabric will be perpendicular to the selvedges.

Check the main pattern piece for the dog coat. You should be able to tell from the shape of the piece whether it is cut from a single layer of fabric or from a folded layer.

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Date: 11/28/12 1:18 AM

I think sometimes a pattern layout folds the fabric,( possibly a single layer of) to give perpendicular selvedges, but I'm not remembering details...

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Date: 11/28/12 8:13 AM

Pattern Instructions.

I'm certain it has to do with the length of the belt.

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Date: 11/28/12 9:04 AM

Oh, ok...I checked out the pic...thanks Vicsguy for posting that.
The fabric is partially folded over. The pic is indicating that the selvedge is not on the right side but across and parallel with the lower layer selvedge. So if you lay out your fabric in one layer right side up, fold over one selvedged side to fit pattern piece 7. Your selvedges will not be laying on top of each other.
You could just fold your fabric in half like normal and your pattern pieces would fit fine too, with 7 on the fold.

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Date: 11/29/12 4:00 AM

If the word "selvage" is perpendicular to an edge, that edge is a cut edge and the selvage is placed at the word. In this case, the fabric is folded to provide a double layer for that one piece and will save fabric, if that is important to you.

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