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There will be occasions when your sewing pattern asks to be cut out on the bias of your fashion fabric.

Do you know how?

In this quick and easy video tutorial, let me demonstrate the technique of laying your sewing pattern pieces correctly onto the bias.

Get the ‘true‘ stretch of the fabric and create clothing that exudes natural shaping and figure hugging perfection.

Laying On The Bias

If your sewing pattern or sewing project asks to be laid onto the fabric bias, there are differences that you must adhere too.

For example, sewing pattern pieces for bias cut garments are generally a whole pattern piece, i.e the whole front / back of a dress.

The sewing pattern pieces should be laid out on a single thickness of fashion fabric.

The fashion fabric single layer should be right side up.

When working with half sewing pattern pieces, after the first fabric section is cut out, reverse the sewing pattern piece (i.e. wrong side of pattern onto right side of fabric) to ensure the second fabric piece is cut correctly.

No matter which type of sewing pattern piece you’re working with, you’ll first need to identify the straight / lengthwise grain of your fabric.

Only then can you correctly lay sewing pattern pieces on the bias.

Sound complicated?

It isn’t! Let me show you how it’s done.

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    Jun 29, 2016, 09.56 PMby AliceinAtlanta

    I have a pattern for a trapeze style dress, NEW LOOK 6352. I’ve made this in the past using a knit but it was not as close fitting as I’d like and I thought it looked like a cheap nightgown. Could this be made on the bias? This time I think I’ll use a finer knit than before. The front and back of the pattern are one piece. Would I need to cut each in half making two for the front and two for the back (4 pcs.) and lay the fronts going in opposite directions on the bias, same with the back. I know how to lay things out on the bias, so that’s not my problem, I’m just not sure if one piece goes to the left and the other goes to the right of the straight of grain. Since I plan to use a solid color I won’t need to match a design which should make this fairly simple. I’ve made this pattern before and it’s really simple but I’d like the dress to have a better fit this time. Maybe a softer knit and a bias cut will look a bit more couture. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.pettifour@yahoo.com

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