As you know, three lucky people are going to win a Seam Allowance Guide on Saturday. The lovely lady who provided this offer asked me to do a quick review – so here you are.
The simplest ideas are often the best, as Handmade Jane commented about The Pyjama Party. She ain’t wrong, people! She’s right! (Handmade Jane is always right.)
The Seam Allowance Guide is one of those fabulously simple but successful ideas that makes you slap your head and scream, ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’ I have only one issue with The Seam Allowance Guide – it doesn’t have a snappy name. You know, the kind of thing that enters common parlance with the shake of a lamb’s tail. Hoover, Tupperware, Aspirin … The Seam Allowance Guide. Nah, it’s not tripping off the tongue. What should it be?
- The Seamolator!
- Seams Simple (Step away from the alliteration, Karen.)
For the purposes of this blog post, I’ll call it the Dooda. Let me know if you have any great ideas for names! (Assuming you’re happy for the producer to run off and use your genius idea gratis, should she choose to do so.)
Okay, so in your package come two Doodas. One green; one yellow. The yellow one is ever so slightly angled for a blade that has a slope; the green one is for a straight blade. My shears are straight:
Now, I’m left handed. The Dooda’s website suggests you place the magnetic Dooda on the left blade and cut fabric in an anti-clockwise movement. Nah, mate. That way, my Dooda disappears beneath the fabric as I cut and I can’t see what I’m doing. I’ll do what left handers have been doing since the dawn of time: adapting myself to a right handed world as all left handers have learnt to do since birth BECAUSE WE ARE BRILLIANT GENIUSES IN A CRUEL RIGHT-HANDED WORLD AND DOESN’T EVERYONE KNOW LEFT HANDERS ARE CREATIVE TYPES! Discuss.
Moving on! It doesn’t really matter one way or another, because both my blades are pretty much the same size. I attach my Dooda to the right hand blade.
Next, pin your Burda pattern to your fabric and chalk a mark 15mm from the edge. This is the only chalk mark you’ll need to make. Oh, the relief!
Then take your scissors and place the cutting edge above the chalk mark. Your Dooda will have a small, malleable black ring around it. Adjust the ring to sit in a ridge that lines up with the edge of your pattern.
Start cutting! It’s that simple. You will automatically create a 15mm seam allowance. Isn’t that clever? One point I should make about tricky cutting out details:
Simply slip your Dooda down your blade to the tip, to keep cutting accurately around fiddly bits like these.
If I was cutting out something that needed extreme accuracy, I probably wouldn’t use my Dooda – simply because I wouldn’t use scissors, I’d use a rotary blade.
But the Dooda couldn’t be more simple or more effective. I think this is my excuse to make a third Burda sleeveless blouse, don’t you?