Hi,
I’m a beginner and I decided to try this pattern because I was having some difficulty drafting my own pencil skirt. I attempted view D size 12. I traced out the pattern and cut it out, but I can’t seem to figure out how to line up the notches for the front pattern. I have included all the little triangle notch things to help me line it up (not that there were alot), but the side panels seem to be too big, and the curve too ….. well off.

http://butterick.mccall.com/b5566-products-13457.php?page_id=367

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    Jun 10, 2013, 01.01 PMby bjr99

    First off. I hope you are working on a muslin to check the fit of the garment and not the fashion fabric. You can make any fitting adjustments on your muslin. It is the cheaper and best way to go. Second. Your seams are not lining up between the notches because there is ease built into the curve. Begin by stay stitching about an eighth of an inch in from the seam line. This will prevent the fabric from stretching out as you sew it. When putting the 2 pieces together you line up the notches and then ease the excess fabric in between the notches. It takes some practice to ease fabric in without getting puckers. This is another reason for working with a muslin first. Once you have the seam stitched you will need to clip the seams to the stay stitching to help them lie flat.

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      Jun 10, 2013, 09.15 PMby Stacia Mason

      Hi

      Thanks so much for your response. I’m doing the skirt on brown cotton (not sure if its the same as muslin) since the woman in the store said that’s what I should practice on.
      I tried my best to follow your instructions…. there is some slight puckering…..

      Again thanks

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    Jun 11, 2013, 11.37 AMby sewingfan1

    Look up tutorials online for sewing curves. I found a really good one called “sewing princess seams and other treachorous curves” from Threads magazine but it doesn’t seem to be available any more unless you register with them and pay but I’m pretty sure I found others too. They’ll pretty well match Bjr99’s instructions but it’s sometimes easier with visuals especially for seeing how to avoid the puckers. There may well be a tutorial on this site too if you type “sewing curves” or similar in the search box :-)

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