|CUTTING PLAIN AND PATTERNED FABRIC
that most of the preparation has been done, it is finally time to start making
up! But before you wield the scissors for the first time, read through these
important notes: As soon as you unpack the fabric, check the reference number
and the colourway with your original sample and order. This is especially vital
if you ordered by telephone or by post. Many companies make similar designs in
the same or slightly varied colours, but once you have cut into the fabric they
are very reluctant to change it.
Roll out the fabric right to the end
and check for flaws, and that the correct quantity has been sent. Again,
manufacturers will not replace fabric once it has been cut.
to work in either centimetres or inches!
|CUTTING PLAIN FABRIC
Calculate the cut drop by adding a heading and hem. allowance to the finished
length. See table on pll6 for the
fabric quantities you will need. The diagram, right, shows how you lay out the
roll to begin cutting.
2 Always cut out the fabric using a metal ruler
and an L or a set square, otherwise the curtains will never hang straight. Keep
the ruler firm and, with a fabric marker pencil, draw right across the width
3 Check that you recognise the right and wrong side of the
fabric, and as soon as you have finished cutting each drop, mark the top of the
length and the right side of the fabric with a fabric marker pencil.
Before cutting linings and interlinings, check that they are the same width as
the fabric; if not, you will have to cut more or less to match up the total
5 Ideally, you should cut each fabric or lining for a pair of
curtains from the same batch, as colours do vary.
|6 If the selvedges
are tight before you cut out the lengths, release any puckering by snipping to
just within the seam allowance. If this is not done, the fabric will not lie
straight and you will find it difficult to cut straight lines.
7 The cut panels of fabric are joined together with
a plain seam.