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Couture Methods for Marking Fabric

Video: Jeff Roos, Cari Delahanty Technical Editor: by Carol Fresia

Claire B. Shaeffer, a couture sewing expert and frequent contributor to Threads magazine, shares techniques for accurately transferring seamlines and pattern markings to fashion fabric in preparation for sewing. In couture construction, you match seamlines rather than cut edges, so it’s essential to mark these lines on the fabric.

Use a basting stitch for this step. There are two approaches to accurately tracing the lines. One is to baste around the pattern, the other is transfer the lines with dressmaker’s carbon first.

First, draw the seamlines and hemlines on the pattern tissue. Claire shows two ways to measure and mark these lines with precision. Next, trim off the seam and hem allowances. The pattern’s outer edge now represents the seam and finished hemlines. Pin or weight the patterns to the fabric, aligning the grainline along the fabric’s grain. Baste around the edges.

This method works especially…

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This video series features three hours of insider tips and secrets for creating high-end couture garments and home accessories. See an expert at work as Claire Shaeffer illustrates the basic techniques that take sewing to the next level -- from hand sewing and machine stitching to marking methods, pressing, and hemming.

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