Finished dimension refers to the measurements of a fabric piece when it is sewn in place. Seam allowances, pleating, gathering, tucking, etc. are not included in this measurement, for example:
The finished dimension of a waistband is to be 2" x 26". In order to do this the piece of fabric cut must be:
If we are using a standard 5/8" SA, the measurements would be
Let use say that we wanted to attach a gather skirt onto this 26" FD (finished dimension) waistband. Gathers must be at the minimum of one and half times the length of the area:
Cuffs, waistbands, and certain facings are often finished with a fold *L facing. This eliminates some seaming, and is really just a piece of fabric that is twice as wide as needed that is then folded in half. On the finished garment, half the width of these items is sewn in place on the wrong side. This has to be taken into consideration when given FD. For example:
A cuff with a FD of 2" x 10" with a fold over facing.and a standard 5/8" SA.
COMMON TERMS, ABBREVIATIONS, AND SYMBOLS USED IN COSTUME CONSTRUCTION PATTERN MARKINGS:
These abbreviations and symbols are found on custom and commercial pattern pieces and written sewing
Any of these symbols indicate particular points necessary in the construction of the garment, such as where a seam is left open for a placket or zipper.
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