Hello. I have downloaded a free pattern for a child’s full circle dress. I have printed out everything and on the instructions, it says things like ‘First skirt panel – Cut 2’, and ’ Back Waistband – Cut 4’.

What does the word ‘Cut’ followed by a number mean? What does ‘Cut 2’ mean? ‘Cut 4’?

Your help will be greatly appreciated!


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    May 9, 2013, 09.46 AMby sewingfan1

    Can you tell from the layout instructions for the pattern pieces?

    It sounds like it means the back waistband piece you need to actually have cut out 4 fabric pieces of it and 2 fabric pieces of the front skirt panel. If the layout shows the pattern piece for the waistband on the fabric twice and it’s folded fabric, you would end up with 4 pieces of fabric when cut out. Presumably there is some sort of opening (like a zip) down the centre back so you would need an outer (visible) left side back waistband piece and matching piece for the inner (non visible) bit and the same for the right hand side. Although I’m not 100% positive as it seems a bit weird to need an inner waistband piece if it’s a dress rather than a skirt you’re making, Unless it maybe has an elasticated waist and you thread the elastic within the waistband? Have you got a picture of the pattern that you could post at all?

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    May 9, 2013, 10.01 AMby Sabrina Wharton-Brown

    I did a series of posts about how to make a dress. Since you are new to sewing patterns, it may help you.


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    May 10, 2013, 07.37 AMby katexxxxxx

    It usually means that you cut two pieces that shape. What you do is fold the fabric and cut it once out of the double layer. Cut four will mean you do this twice. Look at your pattern layout diagram for how to lay the pieces on the fabric.

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    May 10, 2013, 07.54 PMby 20beverly08

    ‘cut 2’ means cut 2 pieces. ‘cut 4’ means cut 4 pieces, etc.

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