Question One Is there a case for launching straight into a make, without toiling first? I hope so – because I’ve just done precisely that.
I do this when:
- The general fit is forgiving
- It’s an outerwear make that doesn’t require uber precision
- There’s enough fabric to allow you to cut generous seam allowances – fit can be let out. Remember, you don’t have to follow the 15mm rule
- I’ve studied the construction lines and judged opportunities to tweak fit as I work
Question Two How do you cut out fabric when there are lots of fiddly pieces?
I usually swear by my Olfa Rotary Cutter but my Merchant and Mills shears have proved themselves to be a reliable, workhorse alternative – especially when there are odd little quirks to a pattern piece that a blade needs to negotiate.
Question Three Do you ever impatiently cut out pattern pieces when your fabric is still damp from its pre wash?
I have! Here are the cut pieces, out in the garden to complete their drying session in the sun. Yes, there may indeed be some shrinkage. I don’t think I particularly care.
So, what about you? Do you toile, do you snip, do you damp cut? Do tell!