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From: monkbuddy
Date: 03-04-2005, 01:11 AM (1 of 5)
I am not an experienced pattern user. I have figured out how to sew simple pieces like skirts, so now I'm wanting to make some PJs for my daughter, and I'm stumped at this pattern layout.
PJ pattern

Why is it in 2 pieces? How big are those pieces? Am I supposed to cut my fabric in pieces in order to lay out the pattern? This is supposed to be an easy one. I feel really silly. I'm stuck on something basic.
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks so much!
User: monkbuddy
Member since: 03-04-2005
Total posts: 2
From: sable
Date: 03-04-2005, 01:52 AM (2 of 5)
This does look a bit messy, but there is a good reason for most of it. This is the way the pattern company found used the least material.
The first piece on the left is folded right sides together so the selvages (edges) of the fabric are even. This is the way most patterns are cut out. I would do this piece first. Cut the two pieces as close to eachother as you can to avoid wasting fabric.
The second piece is a bit more tricky, You have the selvages folded into the middle with right sides together again. To do this, find the middle of the fabric (make sure it's straight) and then fold the edges in to the middle on each side so they are right next to eachother. I hope this makes sense.
The last piece is the easiest in some ways, it's not folded at all and will be facing right side up with only a single fabric thickness. The reason for this is because the larger pieces for the legs are too wide to be cut if the fabric is folded in half.

I hope all this made sense.

User: sable
Member since: 01-10-2005
Total posts: 76
From: dmoses
Date: 03-04-2005, 08:03 AM (3 of 5)
If I'm not mistaken, pattern pieces 7 & 8 have to be cut once with the printed side of the pattern piece up, and then flip it over to cut the second piece with the printed side down. I think that's why one image of each is shaded.

As Rachelle said, both pieces are cut with the right side of fabric facing up.
Take care,
User: dmoses
Member since: 02-22-2002
Total posts: 964
From: monkbuddy
Date: 03-04-2005, 11:06 AM (4 of 5)
Okay, I think what you're saying makes sense.
I'll have to give it a shot, and see how it comes out.
Thank you!
Any other tips are still very much appreciated.
User: monkbuddy
Member since: 03-04-2005
Total posts: 2
From: paroper
Date: 03-04-2005, 12:30 PM (5 of 5)
The second cutting? Where every thing is folded to the center..well, that is so that you can have two center folds. If you didn't do that, you would have a seam on one piece. When you fold to the center, fold your fabric to the center from both sides. Then measure from the edge back to your new fold, at each end of your fabric, or at least close enough to the end that you can lay your pattern piece. These pieces are probably close to the same width, but once in a while, one piece will be a little wider, in these cases, you do the same but one side may be folded a little deeper, it really doesn't matter how deep the fold is, as long as your pattern piece will fit. At any rate, if you check from the edge of the fabric to the new fold and equalize the amount on both ends you can be assured that you will have a garment cut on the straight of grain.

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