In today’s article, guide and FREE online fashion sewing video tutorial, I’d like to demonstrate for you, the technique of cutting out sewing pattern pieces on lace fabric.
I’ve written this post, to run in conjunction with the article, Lay Planning on Lace Fabric which provides the initial steps for fashion sewers to follow, when laying down and placing sewing pattern pieces onto lace fabric.
This post now takes the next step and shows you, step by step, how to cut out the lace fabric using a method knows as appliqué seams.
What is an Appliqué Seam?
An appliqué seam is a lace onto lace technique.
To put it simply, when you begin to cut around a sewing pattern piece, rather than cut straight down and through a lace’s motif, instead, you cut around the pattern within the lace that in turn extends the seam edge.
When, eventually you construct your garment, the lace (appliqué seams) overlap and assists carrying the repeated pattern through, without the garment looking to cut up.
I hope that makes sense!
Appliqué seams are one of the best methods of sewing lace but you need to work carefully and plan uniformity during the lay plan phase.
Let me show you how to cut out your lace fabric!
Cutting Out Lace Fabric with Colleen G Lea
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Cutting Out Lace Fabric
1 – Allow for the complete motif outline on one edge of the seam. This will be the overlap seam when construction begins.
2 – Begin to cut around your sewing pattern piece, also cutting around the lace’s motif which extends the seam allowance.
3 – Thread trace around the motif.
4 – Thread trace along the seam line.
You are now ready to begin the construction process!
I’ll show you how to construct a garment from lace fabric in another FREE tutorial. In the mean time, if you have any questions with regards to this article, then please do get in touch.
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