Ever wondered how much stuff you need to cut out and prep pattern pieces? Recently, I made two ankle skirts and a blouse. I planned to cut out the pieces, mark the hem lines, and then press the hem lines before assembling the pattern pieces. It’s much easier to iron hem lines on flat pieces of fabric instead of circular shirt hems, waistbands, and sleeves.
From left to right I have a kneeling pad (I use if for gardening, too), fabric, a quilting ruler, scissors, a tracer wheel, pattern pieces, tracing paper, and pins.
These are my pattern pieces for the straight skirt. I lay them out next to each other, so it’s easier to get a strait hem and waistline. I cut across the bottom, top and down one side (the side on the far left is on a fold). Then, I cut down the middle.
I’ve cut out the pieces and now I’m marking the waist and hem lines. I put tracing paper in between the layers (I have wrong sides together when I cut out fabric). I put my ruler at the appropriate distance from the edge, and then use my tracing wheel to mark the hem line. This is the line I’ll fold on when ironing the hem (before I sew).
This was the blouse I was making. It was a bit trickier to cut out, because you had folds on the left and right sides. Can you see the selvages (edges) meeting up in the middle? After cutting these pieces, I had to refold the fabric another way and cut out additional pieces. The neckline required three of each pattern piece – two of the regular fabric and one of fusible interfacing. With this pattern, I had to mark each pattern piece as front or back. Otherwise, down the road, it would be very hard to tell which was which.