Marking seam allowances

June 15, 2017   /   bySigrid  / Categories :  Feeds

Though I admit that default seam allowances to pattern pieces can be very useful when the seams are long and more or less straight, most of the time I prefer to mark the exact seam lines on my fabric. Especially when the seams have short curves, like a neckline, armhole or princess seam. The same is true for darts: I like to know exactly where the lines on the pattern were (or where I drafted them) and don’t want to rely on pins or tacks with basting thread.

My preferred way of marking is with carbon paper. I know I’ve written about it before but it’s a long time ago. Apart from the carbon paper, which is also called wax paper, you need a tracing wheel and a table or flat surface you can put the paper on. I use a cutting mat for it.

P6131217

The way it’s done is marking the pieces first while the pattern is still attached to the fabric, then you take the paper off, flip the fabric over to the other side and retrace again over the lines you made. I use this for almost all patterns that don’t include seam allowances. On those that have seam allowances I mark the notches and other significant marks on the pattern this way. The above pattern piece is a facing of a dress that I drafted and I haven’t added seam allowances to the pattern.

The paper is years old, taped on the back side and still very useful. It will last a very long time. There are of course exceptions to the use of it: sheer fabric and white are difficult fabrics for this. For white I will use white wax paper. Much less clear to see but I don’t want the risk of the marking showing. If in doubt you should always test it first.

P6131221

For the darts I mark the end points with a small line too.

I learned to sew with exact seam lines (though by basting them, which is a very time consuming job) and like I said before, it’s what I prefer. The pictures above are from a dress I’m making right now. Hope to show you that soon.

This is a syndicated post. Please visit the original author at Sigrid - sewing projects

You may like


Etsy Steers Away from Reinventing Commerce, Instead Encourages Sellers to Compete

I’m noticing a real change in the way Etsy talks about itself, its sellers, and its future. Before the board fired CEO Chad Dickerson in May, replacing him with former board member Josh Silverman under whose auspices another 23% of the staff was let go, Etsy’s message was focused on changing the world, what Chad… 

Read More »

The post Etsy Steers Away from Reinventing Commerce, Instead Encourages Sellers to Compete appeared first on whileshenaps.com.

read more

DIY Backpacks with Fabric Markers

This school year, let your kids showcase their unique style by making DIY backpacks with fabric markers. We’ve partnered with Tulip Fabric Markers to bring you three ways to transform a white backpack into a colorful masterpiece your kids will love. DIY Galaxy Backpack All things galaxy are IN and your kids will love this…

Read More »

The post DIY Backpacks with Fabric Markers appeared first on Kids Activities Blog.

read more

Fall sewing and ponte inspiration

I am trying to reduce the winter footprint as much as I can in my life.Going down south and working remotely for three months a year sure has been a help in that campaign.The fact is though that fall and winter still happen and happen even to me.So the…

read more

DIY Essential Oil Body Spray

Essential Oils Great for Body SprayAre you thinking about making a DIY essential oil body spray? Maybe you’re looking to ditch the chemicals in brand name body sprays or you’re looking for a less expensive alternative. Essential oils can allow you to create beautiful fragrances that are customized just for you! Here are some tips on using essentials for body…

Read More »

The post DIY Essential Oil Body Spray appeared first on Kids Activities Blog.

read more
Jan 2016 Accuquilt Sale