You asked: What is the fold line on a sewing pattern?

Why do pattern pieces have a fold line?

On the Fold – Represented by a line with arrows pointing in a particular direction, the “on the fold” marking shows you where to position the edge of your pattern piece on a fold of your fabric. This allows you to cut a piece of fabric that is twice as large as the pattern piece.

What is the basic pattern?

The basic pattern is the very foundation upon which pattern making, fit and design are based. The basic pattern is the starting point for flat pattern designing. It is a simple pattern that fits the body with just enough ease for movement and comfort (Shoben and Ward).

Does it matter which way you cut fabric?

The fabric grain is important because it determines how your garment should be cut and whether or not your garment will hang correctly on your body after it’s sewn. Fabric grain is straight when the cross grain is at a right angle to the straight grain.

What are the four folds used when cutting the fabric?

Also cut a piece of paper the size of the dimensions given to represent fabric from which the garment is to be cut. Try various fabric folds—lengthwise, crosswise, partial, and double—and ways of placing the pattern pieces on the fabric.

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What does self mean on a pattern?

This term refers to fabrication groupings which are traditionally marked on each individual pattern piece. Self or Shell mean the same thing (these terms are interchangeable). Self refers to the specific main fabrication of a product. If you’re making a pair of jeans, the denim is the self or shell.