Today I am sharing some of the short cuts to manufacturing I have learnt along the way. Just a few tips that can save you time and money.
Number 1 - If you are going to cut the same item out repeatedly then I would recommend you invest in some card, avaliable from your local printers. You want it strong to handle wear and tear of repeated use. I store mine flat and have them all marked clear to avoid any mistakes. Don't forget the most basic of rules "Measure TWICE cut ONCE"
Number 2 - Gather up some weights and place the pattern over your fabric (I cut 2 layers of fabric each time). Use a tailoring chalk to trace around your pattern and lift off.
Number 3 - Super Important : Cut on the INSIDE of the chalk line......Why?.......When you cut on the out side, your size will be different every time. As your chalk becomes blunt the line gets thicker, it is very easy to increase your pattern by half a size when cutting on the out side of the chalk line.
Number 4 - Tailoring Shears. If it has been recommended that you purchase large tailoring shears, reconsider that advice. They are hard to handle and heavy. If I was a giant with super size hands then they would be manageable. Save your money and go out to a fine dining restaurant!!
Good Luck and Enjoy! x