Teaching Ciarra to Sew-Part 2-Cutting Out The Gingham Top & Skirt

Teaching Ciarra to Sew-Part 2

Teaching Ciarra to Sew-Part 2-Cutting Out The Gingham Top & Skirt

Teaching Ciarra to Sew-Part 2

Hello, and welcome back to part 2 of our blog series on “ teaching Ciarra how to sew.”. Today we will be covering the process of how she cut out the pieces of her gingham plaid top and skirt. If you missed part one of this blog series, click HERE to read it, so you don’t miss a thing!

Working with plaid….

Because Ciarra has chosen a plaid for her outfit, she had to make sure each piece would properly line up at the seams. To do this, the easiest thing to use for your pattern pieces would be something that you can see through, such as tracing paper in a roll (like we used) or even clear plastic, such as a clear shower curtain liner, or drop cloth from the hardware store. This makes it super easy to see through in order to line up your side seams correctly with the lines in the plaid.

“On the fold” pieces….

If you have any pieces in your pattern that instruct to cut on the fold, you need to convert these into one whole piece in order to make sure your plaid stays straight. If you cut on the fold, you run the risk of the plaid being cut off grain (the lines will not be straight!)

Let’s begin!….

 

 

Teaching Ciarra to sew-Part 2-Cutting out the top and skirt
Making sure the front of the top is lined up properly on the gingham plaid

Teaching Ciarra to sew-Part 2-Cutting out the top and skirt

The wood block you see pictured here is actually called a “tailor’s clapper” and it created perfect seams while pressing your garments! I use it for a pattern weight sometimes when cutting out garments. To learn how to use a clapper just click HERE. If you would like to purchase one, you can click HERE.

Teaching Ciarra to sew-Part 2-Cutting out the top and skirt
Once properly lined up, Ciarra begins the process of carefully cutting the bodice front out, making sure not to shift anything out of place.

Teaching Ciarra to sew-Part 2-Cutting out the top and skirt

Teaching Ciarra to sew-Part 2-Cutting out the top and skirt
As you can see here, one of the back pieces is lined up next to the front. We need the lines to properly match (as much as humanly possible) on the side seams. If you don’t do this, your finished garment will look lopsided!
Teaching Ciarra to sew-Part 2-Cutting out the top and skirt
Ciarra snips all notches and darts to make sure the pieces are easy to line up when stitching seams. We nip the dart points in the side seams to easily match these points when closing the dart.
Teaching Ciarra to sew-Part 2-Cutting out the top and skirt
Here you can see the grain line is lined up with one of the stripes in the plaid! This makes it easy to see you are correctly cutting “on grain”
Teaching Ciarra to sew-Part 2-Cutting out the top and skirt
Here she is cutting out another back piece. She made sure the positioning of the plaid was aligned with the other half.

Teaching Ciarra to sew-Part 2-Cutting out the top and skirt

Teaching Ciarra to sew-Part 2-Cutting out the top and skirt

Teaching Ciarra to sew-Part 2-Cutting out the top and skirt
She did a great job lining up those lines! You can see the slight curvature of the back piece where the center seam will be (it curves with the body)

Teaching Ciarra to sew-Part 2-Cutting out the top and skirt

Teaching Ciarra to sew-Part 2-Cutting out the top and skirt
cutting out the front waistband piece for the skirt.
Teaching Ciarra to sew-Part 2-Cutting out the top and skirt
The front piece of the waistband is interfaced, to give it proper structure.
Teaching Ciarra to sew-Part 2-Cutting out the top and skirt
She is now cutting out the sleeves. These too, must be lined up with one another.

Teaching Ciarra to sew-Part 2-Cutting out the top and skirt

Teaching Ciarra to sew-Part 2-Cutting out the top and skirt
cutting the skirt pieces

Teaching Ciarra to sew-Part 2-Cutting out the top and skirt

Teaching Ciarra to sew-Part 2-Cutting out the top and skirt

Teaching Ciarra to sew-Part 2-Cutting out the top and skirt
This is one of three pieces that make up the lower tier of the skirt.
Teaching Ciarra to sew-Part 2-Cutting out the top and skirt
and now for the back waistband piece. This will be elasticized.

Cutting of the top and skirt is now complete!

All pieces of Ciarra’s black and white gingham outfit are now cut, and ready to be sewn! She did an amazing job of lining everything up!

Teaching Ciarra to sew-Part 2-Cutting out the top and skirt
A job well done!!

Stay tuned for part three of this blog series-“Sewing the top”

Until next time….

Amy & Ciarra

 

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