I have a *very* basic question about seam allowances. I am using a Neue Mode pattern for the first time and it says that the seam and hem allowances are not included in the pattern; they must be added.
My question is this: how do you add a 5/8″ seam allowance? The pattern directions seem to suggest that one simply cuts the fabric wider than the pattern piece. But that makes this perfectionist’s brain rebel. How can you make sure your cuts are exactly 5/8″ that way? I was thinking it might be better to use a hem gauge and retrace the pattern onto surgical paper, adding the 5/8″ allowance and then cutting the paper piece out and using it to cut the fabric. But is there a better, easier way?
Thanks in advance!