3. Damn Good Dress Tutorial – Cut Out Your Fabric
3A. Place your pattern pieces on your self fabric as shown in the following layouts. Use the layout correct for your chosen fabric width and size. Size layouts are on the pages that follow.
Lay out your fabric on a flat and even surface safe for cutting with the right side of your fabric facing up.
The grey pattern pieces indicate that it is the back layer of your fabric folded, OR you need to flip your pattern piece to be laying face down if you are cutting a single layer of fabric.
The dotted lines indicate where you can fold your fabric to cut in 2 layers. The #1 Front Bottom and #2 Back Bottom pieces are cut on the fold to create one full piece.
3B. Pin the pattern pieces in place making sure the grainline is parallel to the selvedge of the fabric.
Grainline is indicated on the paper pattern pieces with the straight line that has an arrow at either end. Cutting on the !'straight grain!( means that this grainline should be parallel to the selvedge of the fabric. You can also cut on the !'cross grain!( or on the !'bias grain!( of your fabric, but you do not need to worry about those options for this project.
Selvedge is the edge produced during manufacturing on a woven fabric that stops it from unravelling. In this photo you can see the selvedge has a tiny little green line parallel along the full edge.
3C. Keeping your fabric and scissors resting on the table, cut out your self fabric along the edge of your pattern pieces.
*Make sure to use a sharp pair of fabric scissors. It truly makes the world of difference when cutting fabric!
3D. Save your scraps! Keep all the excess fabric leftovers after cutting. I will be sharing loads of project ideas and tutorials for your fabric scraps specifically so keep on the look out as you gather more leftovers!