Welcome to the Fuchsia Sew-Along! Today we will cover how to pick the right size, printing and putting together your pattern, as well as cutting the fabric, lining, and interfacing. Since this is our first sew-along, we are counting on all of you to tell us what pace works best for you. So let us know if we are going too slow, too fast, or just right. Also, please post in progress or finished pics in the Fuchsia Flickr Group. We want to see what you are making!
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Picking Your Size
The sizing chart for the Fuchsia is very simple because it only needs one measurement–your waist! This is not a tight skirt so the hip measurement is not crucial. This pattern is designed to sit two inches below the waist and has a curved waistband for a nice fit. The sizing chart includes both waist measurement, and finished garment measurement so you can decide which size based on how you like your skirts to fit. Each finished garment waist measurement is two inches larger than the actual waist measurement. This is for two reasons: 1) The skirt fits two inches below your waist where the measurement is larger, and 2) Wearing ease is built in so you can move while wearing the skirt. The skirt would be awfully constricting if the finished measurement were the same as your waist measurement. It would constantly ride up to find your actual waist and it would be difficult for you to sit!
Because this skirt only requires your waist measurement, it should be fairly easy to pick your size. If you go by your waist measurement, you should not have any problems. If you suspect you might, take a garment you know you like the fit of that fits two inches below your waist, and measure that garment. Then pick your size based on the finished garment measurement and it should fit exactly the same. Still have questions about sizing? Leave a comment here or send us an email.
Printing Your Pattern
After you receive your download, you can open it with Adobe Acrobat Reader. Next thing is to print the pattern. First, only print page 1. Make sure when you are printing that you have the page scaling set to NONE. You do not want the settings to say fit to page or auto-shrink. You want to make sure it says none. Then to test that it is printing correctly, you measure the test square on the page one that you printed. The test square should measure 4 inches by 4 inches exactly. If the test square does then you are all set! Go ahead and print out the rest of the pattern using those same printer settings.
Our pattern has cute skulls on each edge of each page so that matching up the pattern is a breeze. To make it even easier, these skulls have numbers on their crossbones so that you can make sure you have the right pages meeting each other.
When I put a pdf pattern together, I cut off the right and bottom sides of each page.
Next, line them up following the numbers on the skulls and making sure the lines match.
Then use tape or a glue stick to put the pattern together. Once you tack all the pages together, your pattern is completed! Still having trouble putting your pattern together? Leave a comment here or email us for help, or visit this great tutorial Tilly has for putting together a pdf pattern.
Cutting Your Fabric
I am all about saving time when cutting my fabric. So I like to do layers whenever possible. For this pattern, you can use either the lengthwise or crosswise grain. However you get your pattern to fit will work well. We have tried it every possible way. Even putting some pieces on the lengthwise grain and some on the crosswise grain and this skirt still looks wonderful. When I made this pattern, I used a size 2. The smaller the size, the shorter the pieces. So I was able to fold over just enough of my fabric to be enough for the longest piece. You can see this below. I only folded over enough fabric for my longest piece.
The great thing about this pattern is that all the edges are straight! This means you can butt all the pieces up next to each other and save some fabric.
I layered my folded over lining on the bottom, and then my folded fashion fabric on top.
Next, I line up all my pieces on the fold.
And butt them up against each other like you saw in the first photo about cutting the fabric.
But my way is only one way of cutting fabric! Nhi likes to really maximize her fabric usage and cut in single layers. She traces the pattern off into full pieces so the piece is one very long pattern piece that you do not cut on the fold. This way she can lay out full sized pieces on a single layer and not have to worry about folding the fabric.
The point here is that there are so many ways of doing things that there is no one right way! Hopefully, between the two of us, we can show you a way that will work for you. The reason Nhi and I make such a good team is that we do things so differently! When we made Tina’s eyelet Fuchsia, we folded the fabric in from both sides so that the selvages met in the center. Be creative, and do what works for you.
As far as cutting the actual fabric goes, I am a firm believer in using my rotary cutter…especially when the fabric is slippery which is the case for my polyester taffeta you see above. I use weights to hold the pieces down and then my rotary cutter to cut the pieces. You can see my “weights” in the above picture. My phone, water bottle, pin holder– anything I have handy!
Nhi uses weights and cuts with scissors. If you put enough weights on the fabric, it will not move, even when cutting with scissors. Nhi proved this by using the most slippery polyester satin you could possibly imagine. We tried out the most difficult fabrics to make sure we were able to help with any issue that may arise!
The last part you will have to cut is the waistband pieces and interfacing. Don’t forget to cut 2 of each waistband piece on the fold. And then 1 out of interfacing–also on the fold. Also, save some interfacing scraps for us to use on high stress places such as the zipper. We will cover that in the next post.
Now you are done with cutting!
The next sew-along post will cover the last odds and ends we must do before sewing. This includes, fusing interfacing, transferring the markings to the fabrics and finishing edges. We are planning on posting this on Wednesday, February 13. Do you think you will be ready by then?? Please give us feedback on the speed you want this sew-along to go. We want to make sure everyone can follow along!