Friday, May 6, 2011

Tutorial #1- Putting pattern pieces together

For our first tutorial, we thought we would layout the easiest way we have found to put the pattern pieces together.

1.  Print out pattern pieces following the printing instructions:
When printing pattern pieces, make sure that “page scaling” is set to “none” and “auto center and rotate” is checked.  Pattern pieces print on 8.5” x 11” paper (with the exception of The Harper Dress pattern which prints on legal sized paper.  We will be changing that to print on letter sized soon!)

2. Cut out pieces around the largest size (In this example, we are using the Sophia Tunic pattern and cutting out a size 3T).


3.  Tape piece number #1 of 4 to a window.


4.  Holding piece  #2 of 4 over piece #1 of 4, overlay dots and tape the pieces together so the dots appear as one.


5.  Place piece  #3 of 4 over piece #2 of 4, overlaying dots so they appear as one.  Tape.


6.  Place piece #4 of 4 over what you have so far, matching dots on piece #3 of 4 and piece  #2 of 4.  Tape.


7.  Now cut out the entire pattern to the size you want.  You can keep the sizes you cut off to tape on later, or you can reprint the pattern for next time!


8.  Repeat steps for back of tunic and sleeve. This is what the pattern pieces should look like.  Now you are ready to cut the pattern pieces out of your fabric!


Happy Sewing!

8 comments:

Stephanie said...

Thanks for the tip about pasting to a window. I've been squinting trying to figure out how to match the dots.

A.K. said...

Never thought to put it up against a window! So smart! I just finished my tatum dress a few minutes ago :) Will try to post a picture later on

TheRoyalDetails said...

I use a light box, any light behind the pattern makes it so much easier to piece the pattern together. Using a window is a great idea!

Tammy said...

Hmmmm....I guess I didn't pay very good attention and I printed the Harper dress on letter size, now wonder it seemed kinda on the short side :) Glad I read the blog today!

I am frequently putting patterns together at night while the rest of the house is sleeping and there isn't alot of light. I use my hole puncher and punch a hole in the circle of the sheet I am taping on top so that I can line it up with the page underneath.
I also hate doing all the matching and taping so I now only print and tape once and leave it all together. I trace the size I need onto tissue paper and when I'm done I roll it all up together and store under my dresser with a label on the outside for the dress name.

The Queen said...

I love how easy it is to print out and assemble your patterns. I think it's part of the fun!

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