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From: kimbee1022
Date: 09-26-2006, 02:11 PM (1 of 11)
Hi everyone,
I am making my first skirt and the material I purchased - denium has a design on one side and is a much lighter color on the other side. Now I was able to figure out which side is the right side :dave: My question is when I make my fold (in 1/2) to lay out my pattern I fold the material with the right sides together or away from each other. I believe the pattern direction are only showing me how to lay out the pattern directions not the material. Any idea's?

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From: AndreaSews
Date: 09-26-2006, 05:01 PM (2 of 11)
Hi Kimberly. I've done both ways, and both work. Perhaps right sides together is better so that you can apply any markings to the fabric on the wrong side. Do what you like :) have fun with your project!
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From: paroper
Date: 09-26-2006, 06:15 PM (3 of 11)
I use a tracing wheel and paper so I like to fold the fabric with the wrong sides together so I can slip the paper between the layers. It probably depends on the marking method you are using. I don't prewash most fabrics so I usually take them as they come...but DENIUM, well that's different. I'd wash it in very warm water and dry it at least twice in the dryer. It is one fabric that will shrink and often shrink a lot and more than once.

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From: bridesmom
Date: 09-26-2006, 07:56 PM (4 of 11)
I do either way, if I have lots of pattern markings to do I end up folding it so the wrong side is on the outside. I learned from my MIL that if you run your finger along the selvedge you can tell the right side from the wrong side by the way the needle has penetrated the selvedge. So the right side of the fabric the needle has gone in to and is smooth, the wrong side is where the needle came out and is rougher. Course, if I like the wrong side better, then I use the wrong side as my right side. Now if that isn't confusing I don't know what is!:smile:
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From: DorothyL
Date: 09-26-2006, 10:17 PM (5 of 11)
I always thought it was the other way around -- the smooth side is the wrong side.
Although you can fold the fabric either way, just be sure you do it the same way on the entire project.
I think it is a good idea to make a habit of doing it the same way most of the time so you don't confuse yourself.
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From: dianasiah
Date: 10-23-2006, 04:51 PM (6 of 11)
I was using a Simplicity pattern and its guideline was..

1. If fabric is to be folded; Fold the fabic right-sides together and place pattern on wrong-side.
2. If fabric is single-pieced, simply place pattern on right-side.

Hope this helps!!
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From: IsabelleB
Date: 11-02-2006, 01:39 AM (7 of 11)
Right sides together is always better - this way you can trace the markings straight away... and if you're like me and sew only on weekends, your pattern pieces can remain pinned together and only the wrong side will take the dust :sick:
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From: MaryW
Date: 11-02-2006, 09:57 AM (8 of 11)
Hey Isabelle, where have you been??? Nice to see you back once again. :smile:
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From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 11-02-2006, 06:01 PM (9 of 11)
Yes, Isabelle, we have really missed you.. Glad to have you back..
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From: sewmuchfun
Date: 11-06-2006, 02:50 PM (10 of 11)
I like to fold it right side out.. That way if there is a print that needs matching I can see it rather than constantly opening the fold.. If there is no pattern I just do it the way it comes off the bolt..



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From: blackie
Date: 11-06-2006, 06:59 PM (11 of 11)
Either way is fine, with small advantages and disadvantages either way (read above). I agree with Andrea (and a few others) in that marking the pieces is easier with the wrong sides showing. But I usually don't even pin my pattern to my fabric since I use a rotary cutter, etc.!

Good luck with your skirt and do post pictures!
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