How to Cut Out A Skirt Pattern

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Cutting out a pattern, especially a skirt pattern, is not difficult, but when one first encounters the many lines, dashes, numbers, and notches inherent in a pattern, it can prove intimidating. Here's how to successfully and easily cut out a skirt pattern.

  • First of all, you will need your measurements. Most skirt patterns call for waist and length measurements, some occasionally for hip measurements. For your waist measurement, measure where you wear your skirts; for length, hold the tape at the waist (where you wear your skirts) and have a friend hold the tape at the bottom, where you want your skirt length to be, and tell you your measurement. For the hip measurement, measure at the fullest part of the hips.

  • With your measurement in hand, look at the back pattern flap. There you should find the sizes and measurements listed. Find the size that best correlates with your measurements (this will not always be your normal dress size; patterns vary, so don't worry if you have to pick a pattern size two sizes up from what you normally wear). This is the size that you will use in cutting out your pattern pieces.

  • Now look at the front of the pattern package and find the style of skirt you want (there are usually several). Open the instructions and find the numbers of the pattern pieces listed under that view. These are the ones that you will cut out.

  • Find the pattern pieces and look for the line that corresponds with your size - usually every size has its own different solid, dashed, or dotted line. Once you find your line, it may be helpful to trace that line with a colored marker or pen to make cutting out easier.

  • Now for the cutting part! Cut directly on your line, being exact and precise in your cutting; when you encounter a notch, make the notch outward instead of inward - doing so will prevent too-deep notches that may interfere with your ability to sew the pieces together later.

  • Congratulations, you're done cutting out your skirt pattern! You can now go forward with the remainder of the process of making your garment.

  • Photo Credit Pattern Review and Fashion Era, copyright 2009.
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