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Here are the most useful things that I learned:
- Make sure that your fabric is not stretched. This is done by folding the fabric so that the selvedge edges are together, and make sure they line up nicely.
- If you are not comfortable with cutting your pattern paper, trace it onto something else first and use that to pin to the fabric. I figure if I change sizes much I can just add or subtract inches all the way around, I would likely change sizes proportionally.
- Make sure to pin inside of the lines that you are cutting so you keep the pattern pinned to the fabric and don't accidentally cut one in half and dull your scissors.
- Ensure that you cut along the grainline so your piece doesn't twist and pull in weird ways.
- Double check before you cut (measure twice, cut once).
I got to use my fancy new tracing paper and wheel to cut the lining of the skirt, I think I might use that method a lot going forward - it is fun! Also, there are instructions and glossaries on the pattern (inside the envelope), so keep an eye out for those and keep them on hand. My sewing teacher gave us a copy of a generic one, which I am sure I will put to good use.
I know I said I would have pictures, but I lost my camera and just plain forgot to take phone pictures. Hopefully next time!
This week we get to bring our sewing machines, which I am very excited about.