Cutting Layouts Question

pattie33December 11, 2007

Could anyone explain to me why my cutting layout says to put the sleeve and bodice back pattern printed side up, but the bodice front printed side down? And same for skirt - they want the skirt front printed side down and the skirt back printed side up.

What's the reason?

Won't that make the front showing the wrong side when I sew it?

I'm confused LOL


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Are they cutting it on seperate fabric pieces?

    Bookmark   December 11, 2007 at 12:40PM
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Pattern layouts are usually laid out to use the smallest amount of fabric possible. If the pieces are symectrical it will make no difference which side of the pattern is up when you cut them out. If the back is on the fold and the two fronts are alike then you are OK. A more experienced sewer might not choose to use the recommended layout, but if you are new to sewing then it is the safest way. Sewing them together will not be different.

    Bookmark   December 11, 2007 at 1:14PM
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Not sure why they print it the way they do sometimes (possibly has to do with grain and/or continuation of the grain from front to back?), but you are just pinning the pattern to the fabric with the pattern piece printed side down.
You are still cutting all the fabric the same way just as you will still be placing right sides together to sew.

    Bookmark   December 11, 2007 at 1:18PM
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thanks for the info, I feel much more assured now.

I made a skirt in home ec class about 5 years ago, we never got into details of "why" things are done a certain way.

Thanks again.

    Bookmark   December 11, 2007 at 5:37PM
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