2 April 2013

Miette: Choose Your Size and Cut Fabric

How to choose your pattern size and cut your Miette skirt

Making the Miette skirt sewing pattern? I'm going to show you how to choose your pattern size and cut the fabric. This pattern is so easy to fit to your measurements - hooray!

1) Choose your pattern size

Measure your waist – your natural waist is where you bend at the side. If you'd like the waistband to sit lower, take this measurement a little further down your hips.


Find your waist measurement on the "pattern size – body measurements" chart in the pattern instructions. There are eight sizes included in the pattern, roughly equivalent to UK 6 - 20. The flared A-line shape means the waist is the only measurement you need.

If a measurement is between sizes - for example if your waist is 33in - it's always safer to go with the larger one. The beauty of this skirt is that you can always pull the waist tie a little tighter if you need to!

Now that you know your pattern size, you know which lines to cut on the pattern – your size will be indicated by a particular style of dashed, dotted or full line and the size number.

How to choose your pattern size and cut your Miette skirt

2) Lay out your fabric and pattern

Wash, dry and press your fabric before cutting. Fold it in half lengthways, right sides together, selvedge to selvedge and smooth it down. Find out what I mean by "selvedge" and why we're doing this here!


Cut roughly around your pattern pieces with paper scissors. Lay your pattern pieces on your fabric. There's a cutting layout diagram included in the pattern instructions to help you lay out the pieces while using the minimum amount of fabric. If you're making size 7 or 8, or if your fabric is 115cm wide, you'll need to lay some of the fabric out flat, rather than folded in two - take a look at the diagrams in the instructions to see exactly where to place the pieces.

How to choose your pattern size and cut your Miette skirt

Align the long double-pointed grainline arrows so they are parallel with the selvedges. Pin the pattern in place. Read more about aligning the grainline.

How to choose your pattern size and cut your Miette skirt

3) Cut your fabric

Cut out your fabric with fabric scissors on the lines which correspond to your size. The pattern pieces tell you how many to cut of each – 2 x Front Skirt, 2 x Back Skirt, 6 x Waistband (3 of these could be contrast fabric), 4 x Waist Ties, and optionally 4 x Pockets (2 of these could be contrast fabric). Read more about cutting and marking fabric.

How to choose your pattern size and cut your Miette skirt

4) Add in the markings

Mark the notches (the little lines perpendicular to the cutting lines) with a short snip (less than 1cm). The notches will help you line up the pieces accurately when pinning them together.

How to choose your pattern size and cut your Miette skirt

Mark the dots on the waistband with chalk or washable pen. The way I do this is to stick pins in the dots, through the pattern and fabric pieces, then mark all layers of fabric at the points where the pins pass through them.

How to choose your pattern size and cut your Miette skirt

5) Cut out interfacing

Cut three pieces of interfacing to the waistband pattern. Read all about interfacing and what it's for.

How to choose your pattern size and cut your Miette skirt

Now we’re ready to start stitching! Thread your sewing machine and read up on basic sewing construction techniques if you need to. Then we can move on to the next step in the Miette sewalong...

18 comments:

  1. Question -- I'm looking for a no frills sun dress to make and wear this summer around the lake where we dock our boat. Might you have any ideas? Thanks -- just joined your blog!

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  2. I just wanted to comment that I love that the notches are just snips. That's what I do with any pattern, just a snip to mark. I find it to be more accurate, easier, and less susceptible to accidental fraying than a "V" cut notch. Yours is the first pattern that I've seen it on the pattern that way.

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  3. Yippee Tilly, I think you did wonderfully on the Sewing Bee. You were a little too critical of yourself, I think your projects were stunning. And that red dress was so beautiful, I'd gladly have worn it.....though with me you would have been stuck with an even bustier woman, lol. Well done, I look forward to seeing next weeks show. Lee x (Ps....Im a new follower, woowhoo! lol)

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  4. Hi
    really enjoyed sewing bee programme - thought that you did really well xxx

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  5. Congratulations Tilly. You did really well in the show tonight. You came across really well. I can see why you and the other contestants were chosen. Looking forward to next week's show!

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  6. Congratulatiosn Tilly - I loved the show tonight and you did so well. You didn't play safe and went for it and like Craftyloops it's probably best I wasn't your model otherwise you would have been doing a FBA!Thanks for the tutorial - I also love how you mark the fabric :)

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  7. Hi Tilly - I just wanted to add my Congratulations for last nights show. I loved how you pushed yourself to do extra, the pockets on the skirt were lovely and the red dress amazing. The time given for the tasks seems very tight, not much time for thinking before you have to get on with it. I too thought you came across really well,very modest. Well Done - can't wait for next week. x

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  8. Hey Tilly u were great last night!! Can't wait for rest of your show and ur blog will b added to my favourites ! X

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  9. Tilly, I watched the show on the edge of my seat and was totally wound up at the end of it. You were superb. There was so much pressure. Loved your ideas and so glad you are going to be there next week.

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  10. I have a question about cutting out the pattern pieces. You wrote to "Cut out your fabric with fabric scissors on the lines which correspond to your size." As far as I understand from the photo, you're also cutting through the paper pattern with your fabric scissors. Doesn't it ruin them?

    Thanks!

    Esta

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  11. Just bought your pattern and doing the cutting at the moment... Not sure I'll need this this time, but somewhat confused by "Lengthen or shorten here"... how does it work? Might have missed your instructions for this somewhere on your blog! Cheers

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  12. Hello, am thinking of giving this a go - I'm 5' 2" - if I make it without the pockets, do you think I could make a Miette out of 1.75 yards of (normal width) fabric? Do you think it is possible, anyone?
    Thanks!

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  13. Hi, I have bought Miette and want to make a striped one, but to make the stripes line up I will need to alter the grainlines (they will no longer follow the grain of the fabric). Is this possible, or will it stop the skirt from draping properly? Loving the book, too - Megan dress on the go. :-)
    Thanks, Jan

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  14. I want to make a red one, what kind of fabric you used? Your fabric looks lovelyy

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    1. Thank you! I used a linen blend.

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  15. The link for grading up sizes doesn't work- is it possible to provide some guidance?

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    1. Ah thanks for letting me know. The pattern actually goes up to two sizes bigger now, so you might be in luck there - size 8 waist is 96.5cm (38in), size 8 hip is 119.5cm (47in).

      If you still need to grade it up, basically the super simple method (which would work on this skirt) is to work out how much larger than size 8 you need, divide that number by 4 (since each skirt pattern piece represents 1/4 of the skirt), then draw a new side seam on each skirt pattern piece that far out from the size 8. Do the same for the pocket pieces.

      Easiest thing to do with the waistband pieces is to measure the new waistline on the front skirt piece and cut them so they measure (2 x front skirt waistline minus 3cm). There's a bit more wiggle room on the waist ties as they don't need to be exact - just make them a little longer.

      I hope this helps!

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