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« on: August 30, 2010 09:08:36 AM »

HELP! I want to draft a pattern with circular cut outs mainly round the stomach/sides area but im unsure what the rules are when adapting a pattern for this?

* Can i do this in non-stretch fabric?
* Do i have to bias the cut out edges
* Do i have to add extra darts to prevent gaps
* Do i remove basic darts to form the cut out sections?
* Do i have to cut out the fabric on bias

Sorry am highly confused and wanted any advice before beginning this project.

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« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2010 10:53:03 AM »

I don't know if anyone has experience with this, but I would say that generally people don't and so the best way to answer your questions is to do a test and see what happens.
If you want to do it in not a stretch you will probably have to do something to keep the edges from fraying. What do you mean bias out the edges?
If you want a slit it can be on the bias, if you want a hole then some if it will be on the bias and some of it wont. Do I understand what you are saying?
I think it depends on your fabric, your shapes and where you have places them, how the holes will act and if you need more shaping darts to control the fabric.
What do you mean remove darts? If you want it form fitting (are starting with a darted bodice) I think you would construct the bodice then make the cut outs. So the darts are there where the fabric is, but gone in the hole. Again, if I understand and if I am making sense. I actually have no idea how this would work, just educated guesses.
I don't know about cutting the fabric on the bias, again I would answer your questions by doing some tests to see what works the best. You have all the questions and the ability to answer them, it will just take you some work.

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« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2010 08:53:58 AM »

I would interface the fabric after you've sewn it into the bodice shape, Use an iron on interfacing for stability. That will help prevent it stretching out and some fraying.
You then will either need to Staystich around the edges of the Holes after cutting them out, (This whould help them stay in place and not fray too much)
Or  hem them or make/buy bias tape and edge the holes so they are finished.
I think in your situation the easiest thing to do would be either interface and cut or interface, and make a second bodice out of a lining material(thin cotton or something like that) and then cut your holes out and stitch the two together and flip right side out for finished edges. That would be what I'd do. Either that or I'd use bias tape becasue I'm in love with it right now. lol

Oh if you are making a dress out of a t-shirt like material just cut the holes but make them smaller and don't stretch it as you cut. they'll stretch on their own and you can buy knit interfacing to stabilize as well. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2010 06:11:21 AM »

she shows how to do circular cut outs in this video: http://www.threadbanger.com/tb-projects/episode/THR_20090130/how-to-make-a-dress-out-of-old-sweatshirts-with-rebecca-turbow-threadbanger

i applied the method to a non stretch fabric as well, works great...

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