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Topic: Pattern simplicity 1426 - Top A - Newbie needs so much help.  (Read 2628 times)
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« on: June 13, 2014 08:49:14 PM »

I am so very new to sewing. I can make a circle skirt and thread my sewing machine, but reading a pattern throws me.

I bought Simplicity 1426 to make top A a cute little vintage halter top.

I found on you tube how to lay out my pattern a even cut it.

Now I'm at the part to read it.... Shocked

Step 1: Stay stitch front (1) neck edge and upper edge of back (2) 1/2" from cut edge in direction of arrows.

I figured out stay stitch is just a basic straight stitch, but I'm stubbed as to the numbers." I know I need to stay stitch piece 1 and 2 but this pattern has lining which is also 1 and 2.
Do I stay stitch all 8 pieces.

Step 2: To make dart....and it goes on and on about how to make the dart.
Again this is front pieces which also has lining that matches. DO I dart all 4 pieces

in the pattern it doesn't start talking about the lining until step 4 which states to sew seams.

I think I have a long way to go.

Any help will be much appreciated. Hopefully there is someone in this with me for the long haul. I think I will have a billion questions to come about this one pattern.

Thank you all.

« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2014 08:56:49 PM »

yup, stay stitch and dart all the pieces, outer fabric and lining.

a little logic behind the directions:
Stay stitching keeps fabric from stretching, so you want both the inner and outer fabrics stabilized.
Darting controls fullness in fabric.  Control is good!

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« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2014 06:25:38 AM »

Thank you!  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2014 07:31:08 AM »

That top is adorable!

steiconi is absolutely correct...staystitching keeps your fabric from stretching out of shape...I have seen a lot of people skip this step

I tend to skip it as well if I am making something quickly and not handling the fabric a lot...but sometimes I get a bit of gaping around the neckline and under the arms and regret that I skipped that step...Sad

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« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2014 02:35:21 AM »

You might need to make adjustments unless you are one of the lucky ones who is a standard sized person. It is a good idea to use junk material for practice since this is your first pattern. Even professionals do a test piece.

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« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2014 09:52:33 AM »

Cute pattern!
Yup , whatever you do to the main piece needs to mirror with the lining or they won't match up esp in regards to darts. You don't have to use same fabric for lining esp if it might show through it's better to use a simple white or beige cotton.
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