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« on: August 24, 2011 11:23:52 AM »

I've just finished designing a skirt and making a pattern for it, now I need to figure out how to cut it out of my linen fabric - can I get a nudge in the right direction, please?  I'm just not sure which way the pieces should lay on the fabric...I've followed patterns before, but this is my first time engineering one and my knowledge/experience is limited.
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« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2011 11:40:30 AM »

Nine times out of ten, you need to lay the pattern pieces so that the top and bottom are running either parallel or perpendicular to your grain.  One way is a bit stronger than the other, but depending on your fabric and your patten, it won't make a huge heap of difference, as long as they're all facing the same direction.  As long as they aren't at a wonky angle to your grain, you should come out alright.

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« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2011 02:15:42 PM »

Before you cut your linen, have you made a mockup of the dress from muslin or an old sheet?  Unless you're very familiar with sewing in general and/or that pattern in particular, it's very important to make a mockup of a new design.  I can't stress this enough!   Tongue

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« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2011 07:06:56 AM »

The centre front and centre back seams should (almost) always be parallel to the edge of the fabric.  Any piece that is cut on the fold should also have the fold parallel to the edge.  Otherwise I agree with Aislynn.
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« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2011 09:13:18 AM »

You can make linen thread perfect by make a snip at the selvage and pulling one of the strings then cut down that thread where the fabric bunches up on the crosswise grain. Hope that helps. Smiley

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