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« on: October 01, 2012 07:31:02 PM »

I am a newbie to patterns. I've just been cutting out squares and rectangles and sewing straight lines and getting the hang of things. I've decided to tackle Simplicity pattern 2447 - Easy to Sew misses top.

Here is my first of what may be many questions: the cutting layout says:
"If layout show a piece extending past the fold, cut out all pieces except piece that extends. Open fabric to single thickness. Cut extending piece on Right side of fabric in position shown." see pic

Whaaaaa? Here is how I interpret this:
Do I not place that extended piece in the formation of the other pieces and just do it on a separate piece of fabric? But it's on the fold so I'm confused. Any interpretation will be much appreciated.
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2012 06:36:00 AM »

You want to cut everything out except the piece that is hanging over the fold. Pin that piece to one layer of fabric, unfold the fabric out straight and finishing pinning to the now one layer of fabric and cut it out. Those pieces that are hanging over are just one piece, the others will be two since they are on double fabric. I hope that helps.
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« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2012 09:56:16 AM »

thanks for the response. i think it makes sense but am i now going
to be cutting off a portion that was created as part of the fold?

thanks sorry to be a pain
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« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2012 03:03:31 PM »

They give instructions like that because it makes the best use of your material without a lot of waste. 

That particular pattern piece only needs one piece cut.  The others need to have two pieces cut because they form the two sides (like the front right side and the front left side, the two sleeves, etc.)  That Piece #5 looks like it is a yoke on the back of a shirt, so you only need one piece.  It also needs to be cut on the bias.  That is why it is turned the way it is.  So after you have cut out all the other pieces on the doubled up fabric, you are going to lay out your fabric in a single layer and then place your pattern piece and cut just one piece. 

You need to make sure that you line up the grainline arrows correctly so that you are cutting it at the correct angle.  (The grainline arrows are the ones that look like this: <----->)  You want thos arrows to be going up and down parallel to your selvedge (the edge of your fabric).

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« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2012 12:29:20 PM »

The others have all answered the question well, but sometimes hearing things explained different ways helps, so I will add my explanation to the mix.  You will fold the fabric and cut out all the other pieces as shown, leaving a space for that piece.  Then unfold the fabric and pin that piece into place and cut it out.

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