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Darling Ranges Sewalong | Pattern Alteration Roundup & Cutting

Darling Ranges alterations round up and cutting

Okay friends, by now we’ve done all our pattern alterations and we’re ready to cut our fabric! I thought it was a good time to do a pattern alteration roundup!

Just a recap, here are the alterations we have covered:

Obviously, this isn’t an exhaustive list of possible alterations you could do to the dress – but in the interest of time, these are the most commonly requested.

pattern alteration round-up and cutting tips for the Darling Ranges pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryNow let’s chat about cutting.

I admit it. Cutting is my very least favourite part of any sewing project. I always forget how much time it takes and then I get cranky. But honestly, even if you’re like me and you’re impatient to start, don’t forget to take your time with the cutting process and like any part of sewing, do it with care.

A few of my little tips to remember when cutting:

  1. Prewash that fabric!! Just incase you forgot – because I am literally the prewashing police.
  2. Iron your fabric before cutting. If you try and cut your pattern on wrinkly fabric it will be completely inaccurate. And can often end up a few sizes too big without you even realising it. I promise. Been there, done that.
  3. I think  most people cut out their patterns with scissors/shears. This involves pinning the pattern to the fabric. Though there is nothing at all wrong with that method – but personally, I prefer to do things a little differently. I use a big cutting table with a large self healing mat and a rotary cutter. I lay out my fabric, then my pattern pieces on top, use weights to keep everything in place, and then zip zip with the rotary cutter. I like this method because it feels quicker (remember i hate cutting? hehe) and i feel that for me, i’m able to cut more accurately this way.
  4. If you have a fabric which you find hard to distinguish the right side from the wrong side, mark the wrong side with some tailors chalk or a pin now before you forget which is which.


Here’s the full list of Darling Ranges tutorials:

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Holly writes part time for the Megan Nielsen blog– sewing like crazy, creating tutorials and sewalongs. She has been sewing since she was a little girl, and has her degree in apparel design. Now she’s a stay at home mama, and spends all her free nap times at her sewing machine.

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[…] Once you’ve decided what size you need, gathered all your supplies and prewashed your fabric  – cut out your pattern pieces. You might need to iron your pattern pieces with a dry iron before you cut them out so that they’re nice and flat. Also make sure that you iron your fabric before cutting it out if you want to stay friends with me. You’d be surprised how much of a difference it makes to the end size and fit of your garment. Cutting out wrinkled fabric will truly misshape your garment. I talk about a few more cutting tips in this post! […]