second hand pattern with no instructions

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second hand pattern with no instructions
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Sun, 01-22-2012 - 3:04pm

I hope I'm posting in the right spot. I have pieces of a Simplicity 9455 babies pattern and no instructions. The pattern pieces are pinned to fleece fabric and already cut. I have it figured out that the pieces go to a bonnet and a pair of overalls/jumpsuit. I am not going to attempt to make the bonnet, but am interested in making the overalls. I have a similar Butterick pattern, and that helped me get the above pieces figured out to this extent. My main question is: I have front and back facing pieces for the overalls and I'm wondering if these go on the inside and when to attach them? I think they do and to attach them after I have sewn the L & R front and L & R backs together, but before making the bottonholes on the straps. Would I still need bias tape for the straps? My Butterick pattern does not have facing pieces. Also, for the legs my Butterick pattern suggests using snap tape but I was thinking about a zipper instead. Any thoughts? TIA!

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Mon, 01-23-2012 - 12:42pm

Lydia, you are in the right place but, sadly, I am totally useless when it comes to interpreting sewing patterns.

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Registered: 07-25-2000
Tue, 01-24-2012 - 1:15am

Hi and welcome. It can be confusing enough sometimes to sew a garment with the intructions. It is much harder without them.

You are right that facings go on the inside. They are a way of finishing off edges without using bias tape or hemming the edge, which is hard on a curve like a neckline or armhole. So, no, you would not need bias tape. The way they are sewn on will depend a little on the way the overalls are made.

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Thu, 01-26-2012 - 1:30pm

Hi, Carol. Thanks for the reply. This is not a pinafore pattern. Yes, like the OshKosh overalls. It did look like the Butterick pattern that was included with this Simplicity pattern was using bias to bind the edges of the straps. I thought that might be a bit thick with fleece, especially with the facing being fleece as well. I've put in zippers on coats before, but have no experience with snap tape. I'm not sure what I'll do yet.

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Thu, 01-26-2012 - 1:54pm

Hi, Becky. Thank you for your reply. Glad to know I don't need the bias tape. Yippee! The straps are not separate pieces, but the facings are. I think they are more like the second link. Here are pictures of the pieces I have. No snaps, snap tape, or zipper included. I have never used snap tape before, but if it is easier (hence equaling faster) and would work better than a zipper I am willing to try. I would love to have these ready for my son when he makes his apperance in about 6 weeks. I thought about making the small size so it wouldn't be too too large, but my husband pointed out that it might still be too large now but when it is the right size the weather might not be right for fleece. So, I think I will make it the large size and just roll up the legs or save for colder weather.

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Thu, 01-26-2012 - 7:11pm
Is that black & white Coe or pony print fleece? So cute! And your husband has some great ideas...

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Thu, 01-26-2012 - 9:14pm

It's a B&W cow fleece. LOL, I thought it was too cute not to try to make the overalls.

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