I am new to sewing with patterns and am having alittle trouble with my first one. The pattern that I have (simplicity 8881) has several pieces that call for double thickness. I’m not sure if that means doubleing up the fabric so that I come up with two pieces or four? Can someone please help me!!!!!!!!!!!!Thanks
A "double thickness" would be two layers of fabric (it just so happens that fabric is usually folded in half on the bolt). That way, when you cut out, say, a sleeve, you'd get two, one for your right arm and one for your left. On a cutting layout if you needed to end up with four pieces (say, for a cuff) they'd show the piece twice (two layouts times two layers of fabric equals four pieces total). Also, you'd usually want to cut out your pieces on a double layer of fabric so they'd be symmetric (unless you're working with something really slippery or really thick, when you run the chance of the fabric having a mind of its own and your pieces coming out two different sizes).
The "bad" news is that you didn't choose something easier for your first try...those period costumes can be quite tricky (mine actually took longer for me to make than my prom dress did). Make sure you read the directions all the way through before you start...sometimes things that seem unclear when cutting are cleared up later during the sewing part. Just don't get discouraged, you've certainly come to the right place to find help!!
Thanks so much for you help. I tried to call simplicity today, but they had closed early due to mechanical difficulties and I was ready to pull my hair out. I got confused when it showed the layouts in two different ways. Both looked to be with the fabric folded in half, but only one said double thickness.. Thanks again
How is the project going?
It's going slow but sure. It's a lot of sewing. I'm working on the overskirt now, so I'm about half way done. Thank you for asking.
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