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From: JanLJan
Date: 04-20-2004, 12:05 AM (1 of 1)
My sister has asked me to make a valance. She purchased material to match her sofa. My initial problem when she gave me the bolt of material was which direction of the floral pattern was the top ( some flower petals were up, some were down). The selvage of the material had a directional arrow on it. When I went to a couple of sewing stores; none of the sales help were very confident in telling me what the arrow meant or if it indicated which direction was the top of the material.

My sister than brought over a pillow made from the same material as her sofa.

When I gave her the yardage needed it was based on cutting the material crosswise. However, now that I have the pillow and see the direction of the print on it, it appears that the material was cut length wise.

Should I cut the material lengthwise? If I do, I won't have to piece the material. I'll just cut the material base on the 2 1/2 times the window width. Will this be OK to do?
A sewing class I took several years ago, always had the students cutting the material crosswise and piece the material together based on the measurement of the width to cover.
User: JanLJan
Member since: 04-15-2004
Total posts: 3
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