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Handling long pieces of fabric

DONNAKAYE | Posted in General Discussion on

I recently read a post about someone making a canopy bed and struggling with the long lengths.  In my sewing room this morning I had to work with a two-plus yard piece of striped jersey in cutting out pants.  I documented the entire process with my cell phone camera, from pressing wrinkles out to straightening to blocking to cutting then matching stripes for the other leg.  The pattern I used I copied from a RTW stretch knit pair of pants where each leg is cut as an individual unit and you have only an inseam and crotch seam.  I wanted it this way so that I wouldn’t have chevrons on the outer seam allowance.  (The pants fit came out fabulous.)

Is anybody interested in seeing this photo “documentary” of the process I used?  If not, I’m not going to post it, since it’s quite a few photos.


  1. NY2NZ | | #1

    Hello Miss Donna,

    I would love to see it, if its not too much trouble,  I'm in the middle of working with serious yardage for a king sized duvet cover....



    1. DONNAKAYE | | #2

      When I was fabricating draperies and home interiors, I made a king size duvet cover with a thick brocade/tapestry-like fabric.  It included buttons covered in the fabric.  Boy, was that a challenge.  I'd be happy to upload it, and I will, but what you're doing is somewhat different than what I did.

      Let me ask, what size is your cutting unit?

      1. NY2NZ | | #3

        Don't tell but I still use inches, even though I live in Metric land (LOL).  Luckily, for me, people of a certain age still use the imperial system so they know what I am saying when I slip and speak in inches and yards. 



        1. DONNAKAYE | | #4

          That's good for me.  Inches is my language....d.

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