In the days since the Tiramisu Knit Dress Pattern shipped, y’all have been so kind as to let me know when the pattern arrives. I hadn’t foreseen that, and it’s such fun! So far as I know, no one in Europe has received their pattern yet, nor Western Australia. Let me know, it’s so interesting!
Over the weekend, I buried myself away from the world to tame the sewingcake.com site into the useful resource I can see in my head. I also fielded some very intelligent questions about the Tiramisu pattern. This one from Carole in Bowling Green was particularly delightful:
This seemed most correct to me, as it preserves the length and volume of the half-circle. I don’t have anything against “slash and spread” lengthening except it’s a bit time consuming, so I responded:
Then, as I was typing (and feeling like I’d seen altogether too much of my laptop screen lately), I got the itch to experiment. I was sure I’d accurately told Carol what her options are (I really don’t like to make decisions for others), and I was just as sure I’d hear this question again. I wanted to see the difference between the two alterations.
So I made up two half-circle skirt pattern pieces, altered for length both ways.
The Tiramisu skirt pattern piece is 24″ long. I added ~6.5″ (16.5cm) in length using both methods Carole and I discussed. Some time ago, I decided the “slash and spread” method of lengthening a pattern was kind of messy and cumbersome, so I started doing “trace and slide.” It achieves precisely the same result, with less mess. You can see the full pictutorial on sewingcake.com. This method works for pretty much any pattern piece that needs to be lengthened.
Then I lengthened another Tiramisu Skirt piece by simply tracing off the hem that was ~6.5″ below the hem marked for my size. That’s all.
I grabbed some lightweight, fluid, freebie “friends’ destash” fabric to test it- but before I post the results, I’d be really interested to hear your thoughts on this.
What do you think? Which way would you do it? Do you think the difference will negligible or pronounced? Which will look better?