Does anyone have the directions for a cat vest Butterick pattern 5289? I need to know what order the cats go on the vest and how the vest goes together because it has an upper and lower front.
It's a pattern for a vest that is in two pieces, an upper and lower piece, but just the front. Then you have to lay the cats on top of the vest, but in order so they over lap. The vest in lined and I need to know how to place the cats, through the layers of the vest or just the one front layer. It has to be quilted when it's finished, so I need to know what order to sew everything.
Thanks for any help you can give me.
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It usually means that the pattern maker is saving paper by giving you only 1/2 of the pattern piece--the center of the pattern is laid on the fabric fold. You cut out only 1/2 of the pattern but when you unfold the fabric, you get a full piece because it is a mirror image of the other half (like the back of a shirt). The fabric is folded so the selvedges match. The pattern's center back is placed on the fabric fold. Essentially, after you've cut out the pattern and unfold the fabric, you will have the whole back.
The lay-out pattern will show those pieces placed on the fold before they are cut out.
The interfacing is just an "echo" of the pattern part, ie collar, and adds body to the fabric piece. There are fusible and sew-in interfacing. If it's sew-in, you just lay the fabric and interfacing together and sew as one piece.
Try contacting the pattern manufacturer for assistance or perhaps find a duplicate pattern with the instructions. Sometimes, you can take the pattern to the local fabric store and implore some of the kind ladies to help you.
As for laying out pattern, it is generally recommended to lay the garment so that the tops of the pieces are always at the same end of the fabric, ie do not place the pieces facing different directions in case there is a nap. Also, make sure the straight-of-grain lines are all placed even with the fabric selvage--you wouldn't want the drape of the fabric to be off because the grain is off.
The pattern and instructions should designate (ie A, B, C...) for the robe or nightshirt. Be sure to use the pattern pieces that signify the nightshirt and ignore the pieces for the robe (be careful though, some parts of the pattern may be used for both). Then be sure to follow the instructions that apply specifically to the nightshirt. Somewhere in the pattern paperwork, perhaps the back of the envelope, there is a breakdown of what pieces you need for which pattern. Also, make sure to lay the pattern pieces out on the fabric as shown, otherwise you will get fabric cut on a crossgrain which will make your garment hang funny.
You may want to check out some books from the library for beginning sewing projects or look for sewing tutorials on the internet.
Your pattern should have directions as to how to place the pattern pieces on your material. Be sure that you put the pattern exactly like it says - until you get proficient, then you can play:) Check that you have put the pieces that go on the fold are on the fold and that the pattern goes only in the direction that the pieces show, especially if the material has a 1 way design, like chickens, flowers, cats, etc. Otherwise one side will be right side up and the other will be upside down. Also, check that you are using the proper diagram for the size of material you are using. If you are making a jacket or something with buttons, it is a good idea to put a smaller button on the inside of the material and sew that along with the real button. That would be, on the inside of the material that is against the body, a small button. The material, then the outside button. This keeps the thread from tearing the material and the button will stay on longer. If you are new at sewing, don't get frustrated and give up if you run into trouble. It's fun and if you can sew a straight line, you can make pillows, cat/dog beds, toys, etc. Check out these sites for help. Good luck and happy sewing. http://sewing.about.com/od/beginner1/bb/sewing101.htm and http://www.instructables.com/id/Learn-to-Sew-1/
This is a bit complicate. the reason the pattern pieces are different in length is because the front is usually longer because on a woman, there is the bust area to consider. This make the front longer to accommodate that extra fullness.
If you do not have a bust area then why not just use two back patterns? Hope this helps.
Your pattern instruction sheet should have a diagram of the pattern pieces, if you dont have this, then the pattern pieces should have their name on them. I would assume hat the upper ruffle piece is smaller as its attaching to the uppwr yoke while lower ruffle is going around the hem and looks twice as long.
is this a fitting problem with the pattern? or do you mean that the seam is pulling up?
If the sleeve pattern is too small, then you may need to alter it.
There are lots of books on altering to fit you, Palmer Pletch write several and you should be able to find these in the library. But put simply, you need to add some more fabric in to the back of the sleeve if its too tight in the top of the shoulder and the easiest way is usually to "slash and spread " the pattern piece, then paste this new shape down over a sheet of paper and remark the outside cutting edge. Remember, if you add in an inch in the back of the sleeve piece, you will need to add an equal or similar amount into the back of the shoulder where the sleeve fits in to match.