A failed experiment pt. 2

Regarding yesterday’s failed experiment, it never occurred to me that the cutting of the thing would be the difference (just goes to show how well I troubleshoot). Some first thoughts, one, more heads are better than one. Danielle -a student- was the first to offer a solution. Two, it’s another reminder that it’s good to admit you goofed so other people can help you solve the problem quickly. Three, this is a perfect example of a concept I’m planning to teach at some point; that not cutting enough fabric away (those big seam allowances) causes more problems than it solves.

First to offer a remedy was Danielle in her comment. She scanned in a handout she’d gotten at school. Her illustrations suggest a rectangle is cut from the slit area. Below is an excerpt:

Beth, who was next to respond, pointed us to a very nice tutorial (very clean and clear) on her website. In her example, she’s cut it differently but hasn’t actually cut out a rectangle. Below is Beth’s example.

Here’s another example of the concurrence between Danielle and Beth below

So, of the two, which method is correct? Since I’ve already done some thinking on it, I know that they’re both correct, neither of them are wrong. I plan on testing Danielle’s process because we already have a proof that Beth’s example works. I don’t think I’ll be disproving Danielle’s tho; the only difference I expect is the position of the underlap. I expect Danielle’s will have less of an underlap than Beth’s. I can’t do it today though because my husband’s been out of town all week so I’m going to play hookey this afternoon.

The thing that’s been running through my head since Jess brought the one-piece method to my attention, is that this one piece strip method is obviously the “parent” method of the two-piece method. If it was the parent method, why was it abandoned? Why didn’t it remain the defacto standard? What were the downsides to the one-piece method that necessitated the development of -what many of us could think of as- a more problematic two-piece method? What was it about the execution of the one-piece method that could have been resolved in the second two-piece method? Since I haven’t done a sample, I don’t know the answers to these questions. Between Danielle’s and Beth’s methods though -speaking specifically about whether you cut out a rectangle or no- I’d bet money that Beth’s method is more common between the two of those. The cutting would be simpler and easier.

Rose Marie also sent in a link to placket sewing on one of my favorite vintage sewing sites.

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