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sewletsgo | Posted in General Sewing Info on

Hi-I have not sewn in many years and don’t remember cutting fabric with patterns. Do i cut along the fold when cutting for pants?


  1. Foll | | #1

    If you mean do you cut each apttern piece on a double layer of fabric, yes, you do.

    If you mean do you use the fold line on which to place the pattern piece, no, generally you don't.  You cut around the whole pattern piece(s) eg with the fabric laid out double thickness, when you cut around the front and back pant pattern pieces you will have four pieces of fabric - two exactly the same as the front pattern, and two exactly the same as the back pattern.

    There are some exceptions to this rule - they tend to be flowing pants such as the 60s palazzo pants, flares and 'wrap-around'pants where the outside side seam is placed on the fold.

    I hope this has been of some hel

  2. Teaf5 | | #2

    Nearly every pattern company marks each pattern piece in bold lettering.  If you're to place it on the fold, there will be an arrow pointing to a straight line with the words "CUT ON FOLD." 

    The pattern layout on the instruction sheet will also show the pieces set along fold and those that are not; it's a good idea to follow that layout exactly at first so that you're sure to cut the right number and selection of pieces for the view that you are making.  Otherwise, you might end up with two left fronts or two right backs--speaking from experience here!

    On pants, probably only the facing or waistband will be cut on the fold.

  3. Ralphetta | | #3

    This is just a little reminder. If you plan to cut anything using the fold created when the fabric was on the bolt, check it carefully. Sometimes bargain, (and other) fabric is very slightly faded along that fold or I've had some that I could not remove the crease from. In those cases you can have a permanent mark or crease down the front of your garment. You can almost always just treat it as a flaw and work around it if you discover it before cutting. But do routinely check before you cut into your fabric.

    Edited 10/3/2008 11:22 pm ET by Ralphetta

    1. sewletsgo | | #4

      Thank you for the tip. I will be looking out for this!

      1. Ceeayche | | #5

        above all have fun!!!!

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