Notches

anonymous asked:

Hi, I'm in need of some help (Google has failed me). I'm sewing a REALLY simple pair of pants (pattern is Kwik Sew 3345). I totally understand the directions, that's not the problem. The problem is that my pieces aren't lining up evenly like they should or as pictured. I triple checked and I cut out everything just fine. Front and back pieces are both the same size so I don't know what I'm doing 'wrong'. If anyone could help, that would be great. Thank you in advance!

When you’re using the pattern, there are usually little notch marks (triangles) that help to make things line up properly. You can cut those into the fabric so when you match the pieces, you’re matching the notches. This is a great guide that explains the function of these markers.

Tip: my mom always suggests cutting them outward rather than inward, because it gives you a bit more room to work with if you need to let it out.

So first, are your triangles / notches matching up? If not, then that is likely the problem! If there are large gaps, make sure to read the pattern directions to see if you’re supposed to baste stitch the area (like with a sleeve) or otherwise make one piece smaller. 

If your notches are lining up, then it might be part of the pattern, and something that gets resolved later. However I have come across patterns that just didn’t make sense lol. It helps to make your first draft in mock-up fabric so if you come across something weird, you can test out making alterations (like cutting off the extra) and not worry about messing up your good fabric. 

Lastly, are you using a fabric that was suggested by the pattern? If it’s for stretch fabric and you’re using a non-stretch fabric – or vice versa – it can cause issues with sizing and matching. Especially with lining up notches!

All the best!