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I love the Burdastyle site but I am hesitant to purchase patterns that I have to add seam allowances to. If I purchased a pattern at a size or two larger, can I avoid having to add a seam allowance ? Just curious … Thank You!


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    Aug 7, 2013, 09.52 PMby bjr99

    One of the reasons for not having seam allowances is so you can customize the pattern to your own shape. Many people are not just one size. Some are larger on top and smaller on the bottom, others the oposite. By not having seams you can alter the pattern easily to suit your body type. If you were to purchase the pattern a size or two larger then the proportions of the pattern would be incorrect.

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      Aug 7, 2013, 10.47 PMby shedoz213

      Thank you bjr99, that makes sense. Any tips to adding a seam allowance? Should I add the allowance prior to cutting out the pdf pattern or measure and mark the allowance on the fabric and then cut? Im really interested in purchasing the Cape with Scarf#122. pattern.

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    Aug 8, 2013, 06.50 AMby camelia db

    Hi, I used to add the seam allowance on the fabric and then cut. Now I use the SA rulers to add them on the paper as I trace the pattern. It makes it so easy. My layout on the fabric is also better as i lay my pieces closer to each other . Good luck if you decide to make that cape.

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    Aug 8, 2013, 12.01 PMby bjr99

    I have always added the seam alowance to the paper pattern. Since I am a costume designer and make the same piece many times it is more cost effective to add the seams once and cut many times. Since I am also doing multilpes I also try to cut out several costumes at a time depending on the fabric.

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    Aug 12, 2013, 08.09 PMby thecuriouskiwi

    I use the SA ruler too, I just did a review on my blog of all the different ways I use it.

    I like to add my seam allowance to my fabric after I pin the pattern pieces down.

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    Aug 13, 2013, 03.31 AMby jenss-1

    I recently got the magnetic “seam allowance guide.” It’s a little thing that sticks onto the scissor blade and has an adjustable mark that shows how far your blade is from the edge of the pattern. You line up the mark with the pattern edge and cut. Slight learning curve, but works fairly well and it is faster than my older method (clover double tracing wheel with carbon paper). I think the SA ruler looks good too, but unfortunately it’s just too pricey for my budget!

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    Apr 22, 2014, 04.27 AMby motera

    I too was hesitant, but now am an enthusiastic convert. with print your own patterns, it is very easy to add the seam allowances, just trace around the piece. They sell special tools for this, but I do not have any, i just eyeball it.

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    Apr 14, 2016, 08.03 AMby FrankCohen76

    Just allow yourself 2-3 cm and you’ll be fine. Besides, you’ll be able to customize the pattern that way.

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