I've started cutting the Second Dress. I am so fortunate that those special ladies at Gayfeathers always make their fabric cuts generous so I didn't have to go back for more! Plus, you know how I love the crinkle of a good piece of pattern paper! AND! I feel totally professional when I iron the pattern pieces before using as instructed. Lah-dee-dah-dah!
I do have this to say though: Have you ever tried to cut matte jersey? And in weird shapes like this?!:
Whew. That was a little weird. I learned a helpful hint for next time: use a rotary cutter. Any and other other tips for working with this stuff are welcome.
Also, have you ever tried folding matte jersey?! Not an easy task, my friend. It almost sticks together and is difficult to get to lay flat. This piece had to be folded almost like of like a burrito so there were two folds to cut on. The selvedges met in the middle. If you're working with a striped pattern like I am, I'd also advise making sure the folds are consistent so you don't have a pattern along the middle seam that starts
Finally, I remembered the importance of cutting the notches in all the patterns for matching up later on. It's not just a dangly little step to be ignored. Who knew? So anyway....Ball point needle in hand (most advised when sewing with stretch knit), I'm off to assemble these mothers.