In this photo example above, I cut the top and a beginning seamstress cut out the bottom. Do you need to ask yourself which side best matches the shape of the pattern? Just in case...
Both top and bottom should look like this example with smooth edges and crisp sharp corners.
- Use a sufficient amount of pins to keep all layers firmly together.
- Aim carefully using long strokes with sharp scissors. use short strokes for curves.
- Don't lift your fabric up- keep it level with the table as much as possible
- Cut in the same "groove" as the cut before it.
- Ideally, move your body, not the fabric to get a better cutting angle.
- If you must move the fabric, cut around the pinned pattern piece leaving a fabric margin, then turn the piece to cut the margin away.
Want to get away from meticulous cutting? Mark all of your SEAM LINES with dressmakers carbon. Then your cutting line can be as sloppy as you please and no one will ever know!
Now that you are no longer a beginner, you may want to get adventurous and explore some of my other tutorials. If you have a pattern that just doesn't quite fit, try Pattern Sizing Tutorial Part 1: Small to Large or Pattern Sizing Tutorial Part 2: Large to Small