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« on: October 29, 2011 11:11:56 AM »

So I'm finally delving into the world of patterns for something where size matters ... and I have a question.  When they say 'transfer pattern to fabric and cut out' and then 'use 1/2 inch seam allowance' do they mean that where I cut should be a half inch from the line I've traced or do I cut along the line and then sew a half inch from the cut? So will I be sewing on the line or a half inward from the line?

Thanks everyone!  I cut out one part of it and then decided to pause, just in case I was doing it wrong!
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« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2011 09:09:45 AM »

Usually when patterns are used, especially commercial ones, they will tell you to cut on the cutting lines provided on the pattern and the seam allowance is 5/8 inch.  Which means you cut where they tell you to and you sew 5/8 inch into the pieces.  There are some sewing tutorials that will tell you to make an additional 1/4 to 1/2 inch seam allowance...where you are cutting extra around the piece to sew it.  So just be careful how the pattern reads. 

what pattern are you working with, and do you have a link?
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« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2011 09:27:56 AM »

Usually when patterns are used, especially commercial ones, they will tell you to cut on the cutting lines provided on the pattern and the seam allowance is 5/8 inch.  Which means you cut where they tell you to and you sew 5/8 inch into the pieces.  There are some sewing tutorials that will tell you to make an additional 1/4 to 1/2 inch seam allowance...where you are cutting extra around the piece to sew it.  So just be careful how the pattern reads. 

what pattern are you working with, and do you have a link?

Thank you so much!  I don't have a link, unfortunately, and they're for a swap or I'd get more specific about what they are.  But I'll go reread the instructions one more time ...

Yes, it just says 'transfer pattern markings to fabric pieces' and then 'use a 1/2 inch seam allowance unless otherwise specified.' 

So I'm going to assume that the seam allowance has been already factored in.

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« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2011 10:59:44 AM »

You interpreted it exactly right.
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« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2011 03:01:00 PM »

Thank you!
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« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2011 05:26:55 PM »

Yep, you are correct, good luck with your sewing.
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