New to sewing.. need a little help please

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Hi Everyone,

I'm new to sewing.. well new to sewing clothes.. This will be my first
time making a dress and I picked a simple pattern.. I though it was simple
anyway.. I bought a pattern that can be made in sizes 12, 14, 16, and 18
but I'm scared to cut the fabric because it looks like the skirt part of
the dress pattern is not going to line up right.. the front part of the
dress is going to be shorter than the back.. is it supposed to be that
way? Am I not \"reading\" the pattern correctly? On the 2 skirt pattern
pieces there are small lines with 12, 14, 16 and 18.. Is that where I'm
supposed to cut or do I cut all the way to the bottom? I am BEYOND
confused :o/

Any help will be appreciated so much!!

Thanks in advance,
Jeannette


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Re: New to sewing.. need a little help please


JeannetteM wrote:
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That's hard to say, it may be a design element or....  ???

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You might want to start by sharing the pattern number and
which version you are planning to make..

The lines on the pattern pieces are the cutting lines for
each of the sizes.  Cut the entire pattern on the cutting
lines for --your-- actual size (the size you chose based on
YOUR MEASUREMENTS, not your ready-to-wear size). Vogue has
good directions for proper measuring here:
http://voguepatterns.mccall.com/how-to-choose-your-correct-size-pages-339.php

Or, you can use the various size lines to create a more
custom fit by tapering from one size to another.  If, for
instance, you have size 18 (42 inch) hips, but size 14 (28
inch) waist, taper from the full hip (usually about 9" below
the waist) size 18 line, to meet the size 14 waistline line.
Same applies to modifying for bust-to-waist differential,
but that's trickier depending on the pattern.

If this is your first effort at sewing a dress, buy some
really inexpensive fabric (of approximately the same
type/weight) and make up a practice garment first.  Then you
can determine where you need to make further adjustments
before cutting into your good fabric.

HTH,

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Beverly
http://ickes.us/default.aspx



Re: New to sewing.. need a little help please
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JeannetteM wrote:
Thanks so much for the help... turns out I was looking at the wrong
cutting line for the size I needed.. shows how new I am to this.. LOL..
Now I just need to figure out how to actually sew it all together.. I know
nothing about the different stitches or even if my sewing machine does
different stitches.. It will be a learning experience that's for sure :oD

Jeannette


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