Now that we have our pattern prepped and my small-busted ladies are all set, let’s dive into the Appleton sewalong! Today is a pretty easy day, just getting everything cut and notched so we’re ready to start sewing.
Depending on the knit you chose, this may be a little tricky – slippery or super stretchy knits are more difficult to cut than your average woven. Take your time and lay out the fabric carefully ensuring that you are squaring up the selvages (the edges of the fabric). My preferred way to cut shifty fabric is to use pattern weights and a rotary cutter, but if you prefer using scissors, make sure to minimize the shifting of the fabric when you pin your pattern to the fabric. Line the grainline on the pattern up with the grainline of the fabric, making sure it is parallel to the selvage. Keep this consistent for each piece to ensure your stretch is running the correct way.
To get the most from your yardage, cut your fabric on the flat instead of on the fold, following the cutting diagram that’s in the pattern instructions. The only piece that is drafted to be cut on the fold is the back of the dress. When cutting this piece, trace or cut the outside edges, then flip the piece over, lining up the center back and trace or cut the outside edges again. In addition to notching your fabric at all the printed notches, notch the center back of the neckline and the neckband pieces.
TIP: If it’s difficult to tell the right side from the wrong side of your fabric, mark the wrong side with a chalk X or a pin as you cut your pieces. The final step to prep our pieces is to trim the right front wrap at the “Trim here for right hand side” line. This makes the right front wrap slightly shorter than the left front wrap.
Next time, we’ll start our sewing!
Do you have any questions about cutting and notching?