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Seam allowances on downloaded patterns

cycler1729 | Posted in General Discussion on

When you print out a pattern there is no seamline marked but it says 3/8″ seam allowance.

Is that inside the cut line or do you need to add 3/8″ to the piece?  It has to be inside the cut line – right?



  1. starzoe | | #1

    I would think if the pattern says "3/8" seam allowance" that it is already on the pattern. It's always best to measure the pattern against your body measurements (if it is a garment), so there will be no doubt. Just because the 3/8 is there, that doesn't mean you can't make it 1/2", 1" or any width you like.What site was this pattern on? Designers do differ.

    1. cycler1729 | | #2

      It's from the Wild Things! accessories free downloaded program.  There was nothing in the instructions about Seam allowances.

      1. starzoe | | #3

        I have made the slippers from Wild Things, and they have the seam allowances on them. Actually, 3/8" would not have made much of a difference anyway. It's a great free site, isn't it?

        1. cycler1729 | | #4

          Thanks!  I just wanted to be sure before cutting the fabric.

          Yes, it is great! 

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