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    Lightning McStitch @LightningMcStitch

    Hi Natalie, sorry for the late reply, I’ve been trying to find a moment to pull out my pattern.
    I have the paper printed pattern and you’re absolutely right, the pocket pattern pieces for both views A&B are 1/8th of an inch longer on one side. (Size doesn’t matter for the pocket pattern pieces)
    I certainly didn’t notice that when I sewed the pattern as a tester and I’m impressed with your cutting and sewing precision that you did.
    Practically, it won’t make a discernible difference, do I can’t imagine it is a design element, but @liesl might like to comment.
    If you’re matching plaid or stripes then I’d use the seam allowances to correct the minor differences and have it look straight as I eyeball it.
    Hope you’ve already enjoyed the rest of the sewing.
    Shelley

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    Lightning McStitch @LightningMcStitch

    You certainly could Sandy. You might find you don’t need to adjust it much as I think from memory I can get mine on/off without undoing it. If you mark the centre front pattern piece half an inch or so lower then draw in a new curve meeting back at the same shoulder point. Just remember to lengthen your bias finishing tape as well

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    Lightning McStitch @LightningMcStitch

    Hi @clairemichel , this is a nice,easy one to add length to.
    You’ll see that in view A both the bodice and the skirt have straight sides so you can simply add length at the bottom of each pattern piece.
    I have a long torso’ed daughter and find it’s easier to guesstimate how much extra length she needs and add that. If you try and lengthen to the next size, you’ll notice that the length on the drafted pattern for the bodice is added at both the shoulder height and the waist hem. Bit trickier than just adding an arbitrary cm or two at the hem.
    The way the belt loops are sewn in won’t change. Just extend those straight lines down and make each piece longer. Easy peasy.

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    Lightning McStitch @LightningMcStitch

    In step 2 the “cut placket piece” is not the 1″ strip you’ve just removed, but a separate pattern piece that you’ve cut from your fabric. Main, or possibly, a contrast fabric.
    That should set you back on track.
    Enjoy the sewing.

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    Lightning McStitch @LightningMcStitch

    @dorilloyd if I’m lining something then odds are it’s a special occasion dress that will need some ironing anyway. So ironing the lining is not a deal breaker. I have made many Fairy Tale dresses with cotton voile/Batiste lining and the bodice can all be ironed as one and just the lining and main skirts ironed separately. It’s not that much extra work.
    To be honest, I hate ironing, and my kids live wearing stretch fabrics, so most of my sewing these days is knits 😉

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    Lightning McStitch @LightningMcStitch

    You could definitely do that. Do you have the Gallery Dress pattern? I imagine it working much like that. Cut the back with extra at the centre back fold line, then create a box pleat with a rectangle about 1&1/2″ deep at the neck line.

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    Lightning McStitch @LightningMcStitch

    Full of trial and error and past failures, 🙂 but your compliment is gratefully received.
    Shelley

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    Lightning McStitch @LightningMcStitch

    When a pattern is drafted to be sleeveless, the shoulder will be narrowerer and the armhole more inward, so just attaching a sleeve won’t work so well.

    But, it’s easy. Trace the Birthday party dress in the size you want then lay the bodice tracings over another pattern and redraw the shoulder/armhole area. Now you have the “pattern X” armhole in the Birthday Party bodice and therefore, the “pattern X” sleeve will fit perfectly.

    This will work for those patterns that have a simple shoulder seams. The ones that come to mind which WON’T suit are Sailboat, Book Report etc – those with an unusual shoulder seam.

    Have fun with it.

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    Lightning McStitch @LightningMcStitch

    Next week four patterns arrive
    I think I’ll be buying all five
    But oops, I bought six

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    Lightning McStitch @LightningMcStitch

    Next week four patterns arrive
    I think I’ll be buying all five

    🙂

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    Lightning McStitch @LightningMcStitch

    I wish I was living in Spain
    Where the rain stays mainly on the plain
    But I’m here in Nantucket

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    Lightning McStitch @LightningMcStitch

    Whatever you like!
    But here’s a picture where i prove that you can French seam every seam on the Lullaby Layette blouse/bodysuit. It’s a lovely, tidy finish if you can be bothered. If you look in the tutorials section of the website you’ll find quite a number of seam finish tutorials.

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    Lightning McStitch @LightningMcStitch

    I confess I bought myself a big, benchtops snap press a few years ago – what’s a hobby if it doesn’t allow for tool purchases, right?!
    I’ve heard good things about the Snap pliers (KAM or Snapsource), but in my experience the hammer in snaps you can buy from fabric shops are a nightmare. (Bear in mind I’m in Australia and the plier snap sets don’t seem to exist here)
    Another option is snap tape, where the snaps are already applied to a strip of cotton tape and you just sew that in. That would work for the shirt placket and the onesie but not so well for the jacket.

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    Lightning McStitch @LightningMcStitch

    I think I’ve only made the tulip sleeve once in all my Fairy Tale iterations, but no, no problems…
    Did the sleeve sew into the armhole ok? Obviously, the amount of overlap would affect the tightness when worn but would also change how the sleeve attached.
    From memory, after you’ve overlapped there’s still a bit of gathering of the sleeve head. If you overlap too much and it didn’t need gathering then it could certainly end up too tight.

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    Lightning McStitch @LightningMcStitch

    Hi Nancy. My feeling is that the pants are the simplest of the three garments in the Lullaby Layette.
    However, there’s nothing overly tricky about the jacket or blouse/bodysuit and the instructions will walk you through it nicely. In fact, if you ever quilted and you’re a dab hand at applying binding then you might find the jacket the easiest.
    Have fun with it, it’s a lovely pattern (and quite addictive!)

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