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HELP! Still need an answer!

friesebee | Posted in General Discussion on

I was hoping to make this and wear it on Saturday, so if anyone can help, it would be greatly appreciated! Here was my original query:

I saw this on the Threads website and thought it was exactly what I was looking for – a simple, but elegant summer top.

Here is the dilemma: When you cut the fabric into triangles, you cannot line up the selvages the way the instructions indicate unless you align one of the triangles with the wrong side of the fabric facing out. Is this correct, or am I missing something? I want the right side of the fabric facing out, of course!


  1. woodywoodpecker598 | | #1

    I tried this with a piece of paper and you are correct it doesn't work. I can't even get it to look like the picture .

    1. friesebee | | #2

      I also did it with a piece of paper before I cut the fabric... and I'm glad I did!

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    purduemom | | #3

    It sounds like the fabric choices suggested in the article have no 'right' or 'wrong' side so the problem you experienced wouldn't occur. A note saying that the wrong side of the fabric will show might have been a nice addition to the article.  I am guessing your fabric only has one good side...any way you might have a coordinating fabric in your stash to give the look of the gray/blue model?


    1. friesebee | | #4

      I am going to go through my stash ASAP... the top is so cute, I'll figure out a way to make it work even if I have to go out and buy more fabric!

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    ThreadKoe | | #5

    All the fabrics suggested in the article have 2 good sides, or rather 2 sides that can be used as the right side.  Cathy

  4. Tatsy | | #6

    The blue top shown is definitely two different shades. Could you use the front sides of two contrasting or coordinating fabrics?

    I know my mother used to do something like this with a single piece of fabric. I think she put the point in the front, crossed it in the back, and tied it under the bosom. Hope this helps.

  5. Josefly | | #7

    I'm afraid this is too late to help you if you want this tunic for tomorrow, but anyway...I, too, played with paper towel rectangles to see how this works out. I agree that there's no way to get the same side of the fabric on the outside of both triangles they way the instructions demonstrate the overlap of the two pieces. Frustrating, if you have a printed fabric you want to use.I did manage to overlap the triangles in a different way, still with the selvages at the top, to come up with a slightly different look from that shown in the article photos, and with the right sides of both triangles on the outside. If you want to play with it try this (those paper towels that come with perforations so you can tear off HALF of a towel are great for helping to visualize):When you cut the fabric (or paper) rectangle diagonally, then turn one of the triangles around so that the selvages are aligned, right sides facing you, one on top of the other, you then have two identical right triangles with selvages at the top, and perpendicular sides either on the left, or the right, depending on which way your diagonal cut was made.If you then slide the top triangle to the left or right, so that the two triangles only overlap for half of their lengths along the selvages, you get a pleasing arrangement of triangles. Then you have to fold the non-overlapping ends of each triangle around so that they overlap in the back. Clear as mud? However, the wrong side is going to be very visible, so when all's said and done, it might be best to avoid a fabric which has an unattractive wrong side for this project.The author does mention that three triangles can be used, for more coverage, and I think that might make for an even more interesting look, especially if one of the triangles is cut with the diagonal going the opposite direction from the other two, allowing for different points and angles overlapping in different ways. Or, if you have a friend who'd like to share the fabric with you (maybe someone who lives in a different city!), get two fabric rectangles, cut them diagonally in opposite directions, each of you take one half of the two rectangles, and voila! you each have two triangles which you can then align as the article photos suggest.

    Edited 6/27/2008 9:31 pm ET by Josefly

    1. friesebee | | #8

      I have a couple of ideas I'm going to try tonight. I may or may not finish it in time to wear it tomorrow, :( but when I do get it finished, I'll post some pics and let u guys know how I finally made my "creation". Thanks for all the great suggestions!

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