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The front and back pattern pieces for a caftan I want to sew are, incredibly, way too long—almost 1 1/2 feet too long!! I don’t know how many times I looked at the hem cut-off line on the pattern piece; but it plainly
indicates “cut here” for my view. How frustrating! So my problem is, “How do I shorten the pattern with such a great difference?”

My girlfriend bought the material and is going to pay me for the finished project. So I need some advice before I cut those pieces. I need to keep the front center seam line straight (it’s seamed down the center front). The hem cut-off is a slightly curved line. What do I do about the side seams, since I would have a gap between cutting lines if I simply folded up the pattern to get the right height? I’m stumped about how to approach drawing a revised side seam line and hemline. Can you help? (I’m stuck with this pattern
since I already cut out some other pieces.)


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    Nov 1, 2017, 03.39 PMby bjr99

    Could you post some photos of the pattern so we have an idea of what it looks like?

    Also, once we figure out what you need to do be sure to make a muslin of the pattern to test the fit of the garment. You should always make a muslin for a test before you cut the fashion fabric.

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    Nov 2, 2017, 08.23 PMby pineapple33

    How do I upload photos to this post?

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