Sewing Circle: How to cut out your size from a pattern and leave it intact
Q: Hi Suzannah,
When you are using a pattern, do you cut out your size or do you try to "preserve" the pattern by leaving all sizes in tact and trying to cut under/around/ in order to cut your size? I am obsessive about leaving the pattern in tact "just in case..." but I am finding it more difficult as I get in to more detailed patterns. I was hoping to get some perspective from another dressmaker! Thanks!
I also should note that this is different from others of my top Sewing Circle questions, like:
- How to sew with patterns
- How to choose the right pattern size
- How to get the right fit when sewing with a pattern
When I get to the notches on the folded side, I usually lift the pattern piece a little and do my best snipping triangles of the approximate size and location. It works for me.
Here's another example, and a little trickier one because of the curved armscyes. This is Simplicity 1873, a relatively new fave pattern. This is the bodice back.