Greetings! I’m sewing a Burda skirt that does not include a seam allowance. I have two questions: 1) do I include the allowance around the whole pattern piece, including the waist (and facing)? Or just to the side seams (and hem)? And 2) is it better to add the allowances to the pattern itself or to just chalk them to the fabric?

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    Sep 13, 2012, 07.33 PMby bjr99

    Seam allowances are added to all sides of the pattern unless the pattern piece is placed on a fold. The seam allowance is what you use to finish the raw edge of the garment. You can add the seam allowance to the pattern piece or just trace it on to the fabric whichever is easiest for you. If the accuracy of a seam is critical then trace the actual seam line and cut extra for seam allowance. You would then sew on the traced seam line.

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      Sep 13, 2012, 08.28 PMby gregorpb

      Thanks for the quick and helpful reply. Sewing on the chalked seam line is s great suggestion!

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