Sewing Adventures Part II–The Pattern

Once my daughter had decided on the style and fabric of her new dress, I had to show her how to cut out the pieces. Of course, since it had been a while since I’d actually cut anything other than quilting pieces, I had to refresh myself by reading the instructions. Fortunately, the how-to came flooding back so I passed them on to my daughter. She looked at them, looked at me, then looked at them again and said, “I thought you were going to teach me.”
“Yeah, I am but you should know what we’re doing before hand.”
“Oooookaaay.” Seven syllables. When we started, she handed them back to me.
I didn’t ask if she’d read them; I wasn’t in the mood to be lied to and it was enough that the papers hadn’t been shredded by her cat. So I showed her the pieces we needed from the pattern that we would have to cut out, how too measure the grain, what the shading meant and how to pin.
I also emphasized that you should layout as many of the pieces as possible before cutting a single one.
Those words would prove phrophetic as I eventually realized that the fabric she’d chosen for the practice dress had owls on it. You see the owls were perched on trees and if I had used the selvage they would be all lying on their sides instead of sitting on branches. Not exactly the look we were going for.
Being that she is a teenager and can’t control the flow of words out of her mouth, she said, “So what good are the instructions again, if we’re not going to follow them?”
Only seven more years until her whole head remodel is complete! But I digress.
You see, somewhere in my lecture of why close isn’t good enough in clothing sewing, I forgot about the diamonds. Once the pieces had been pinned, she’d began cutting everything out. Unfortunately the diamonds, she’d cut in toward the pattern piece.
Thank God for large seam allowances.

About Linda Andrews

Linda Andrews lives with her husband and three children in Phoenix, Arizona. When she announced to her family that her paranormal romance was to be published, her sister pronounce: "What else would she write? She’s never been normal." All kidding aside, writing has become a surprising passion. So just how did a scientist start to write paranormal romances? What other option is there when you’re married to romantic man and live in a haunted house? If you’ve enjoyed her stories or want to share your own paranormal experience feel free to email the author at She’d love to hear from you.
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