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This is the first time I am using a Burda pattern and the first time I encountered a pattern that doesn’t allow for the seams and hem. What is your approach to this? Do you cut a little bit around the pattern? Do you trace the pattern a little larger?



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    Oct 16, 2012, 08.35 PMby sewingfan1

    It’s quite good as it means you can easily choose how much of a seam allowance you want (like I prefer a larger seam allowance on fabric that frays easily). It usually recommends 1.5cm I think for seam allowances with Burda and tells you how much to allow for the hem & sleeve cuffs. I tend to pin the pattern pieces to the fabric and as my finger is about 1.5cm wide use that as a guide for the seam allowances and place it next to the pattern edges and cut just to the right of it. I’m not a professional sewer though so though it works for me, it might not be a recommended technique. I measure my hem allowance from the bottom edge of the pattern piece and put pins in the fabric (or use tailor’s chalk) before cutting it out.

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    Oct 16, 2012, 11.18 PMby Wendy Ruggles-Wolfe

    Another option is to cut your fabric pieces with a rotary cutter with an adjustable guide ( shows one of many options available … not the one I use, but the best picture/example I could find).

    You can use the Burda patterns “as-is”, and use the guide to set the amount of seam allowance you need for the project. It takes a bit of practice, but I prefer this method over pinning & cutting with scissors (one weights the pattern on the fabric – which saves TONS of time).

    I use a 45mm cutter for straight lines/soft curves. For tight curves, I prefer a 28mm.

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