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This is my first time using Burda and downloading a pattern is a new concept for me. I’m also confused about seam allowances. When it says — This pattern doesn’t include seam allowance – does that mean the allowance isn’t printed on the pattern? That is OK for me. Or, do you have to take a ruler and add the seam allowance after cutting out the pattern? You would place the pattern pieces on the fabric, use a ruler and chalk and add the allowance? It would be too tedious. I’m hoping to use Suit Trousers 04/2011 #117B. I like this style because you don’t get the bulk from a fly and it also has pockets.

Thanks – I hope I can use this pattern.


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    Jun 8, 2014, 10.19 PMby Sabrina Wharton-Brown

    It means you have to add the seam allowance with a ruler. A lot of people prefer this because they can alter/adapt the pattern more easily for fit and style, and can use whatever seam allowance they like. I use 1cm on most seams, and change for the zips depending on which zip application I am using. You can also use whatever hem allowance you like, which can change depending on your fabric (or how much fabric you have).

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    Jun 12, 2014, 02.01 AMby DGulleyDesigns

    Since the pattern doesn’t included the seam allowance, you can add whatever seam allowance that you like. I generally use an 1/2 inch seam allowance for my side seams and I used a 1/4 inch for most necklines. I generally use a 1 1/2 seam allowance for my hem. Just know that the seam allowance is the distance from the edge of your fabric to where the needle is position. You can adjust the amount to fit your personal needs.

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    Jun 18, 2014, 02.12 PMby DanaRose84

    I’ve found that the best way to add seam allowances is to just use a double tracing wheel when I’m tracing the pattern onto the fabric. They are adjustable so you can choose the depth of the seam allowance.

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      Jan 30, 2015, 03.19 PMby tailormaid2

      Do you cut double layer or single layer when using the double tracing wheel? What tracing paper do you use? If you cut double layer, do you have the wrong side out and paper on top and underneath the fabric? Thanks!

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    Jun 20, 2014, 03.17 PMby purplefan

    If the new sewer is used to North American patterns, it might be easier just to make all seam allowances the same size such as half-inch to make the process faster when adding allowances, then cutting out the fabric. Burda patterns online and from the international (BurdaStyle from Germany) magazine suggest various seam allowances on the different seams-it can be overwhelming for a new sewist but worth trying on a simple pattern first.

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