Here are all the pieces for the Christening gown all cut out ready to sew. This dress has a full yoke facing/lining with an unlined skirt. So I needed to cut 2 front yokes, 4 back yokes, 1 skirt front and 2 skirt backs.
MY SEWING TIPS PART 2- CUTTING OUT
These tips apply to all sewing projects
* Make sure you have sharp pins with no snags in them, otherwise you may permanently mark your fabric. This can be an unsightly mistake to make with expensive or delicate fabrics.
* Make your iron your best friend! Pressing takes time but ultimately will give you the best results. Have your iron and ironing board close to your work area. Press pattern pieces and fabric before you start pinning and cutting.
* Keep your nails filed smooth to prevent snags in the fabric. This one may sound a little silly, but if you have ever tried sewing with very fine fabrics and your nail has caught the fabric, you will know what I mean!
* Pin the pattern pieces to the fabric within the seam allowance, that way if the pins do mark the fabric they will not be seen once the garment is made.
* Make sure you have a sharp pair of dressmakers scissors. There is nothing more frustrating than not being able to cut your fabric properly! See this post to see how I keep my scissors sharp.
* When cutting out make sure you follow the layout instructions and double check everything before you cut. Otherwise you could make a very costly mistake!
* Make sure you transfer necessary markings to your fabric. Pleats, center line , ease, notches etc. These are a big help as you sew.
* Check each step before you sew. Unpicking is time consuming as well as frustrating and can permanently damage some fabrics.
I will add the links to my other sewing tips here once they are published.
SEWING TIPS PART 1 - PREPARATION
SEWING TIPS PART 3- SEWING
SEWING TIPS PART 4- FINISHING
I hope you find these tips useful. If you have any handy sewing cutting tips you would like to share, please feel free to share them here by adding a comment below.