## Riding slit

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• Can you describe what you mean exactly by hang funny ? A slit down the straight of the grain is going to separate at the bottom. I forgot what the formula is
Message 1 of 4 , Apr 2, 2001
Can you describe what you mean exactly by "hang funny"? A slit down the
straight of the grain is going to separate at the bottom. I forgot what
the formula is - an eighth of an inch per x amount of vertical distance.
I just don't remember what the value of x is. Are you constructing the
back with a center seam, or cutting the slit into the center back?

Ilijana Krakowska

From: "Robert L. Parker" <parkrobe@...>
Subject: Garb questions

2) How would you add a back slit for riding that doesn't hang funny. I
am planning on trying a rectangular pattern and the pics I've seen don't
mention this.

Thanks,
Sergei
• ... Hmmm, do you mean hang funny at the apex of the cut? Are you asking how to bind off the raw edges so that the point lays flat? Am I making any sense?
Message 2 of 4 , Apr 2, 2001
>2) How would you add a back slit for riding that doesn't hang funny. I
>am planning on trying a rectangular pattern and the pics I've seen don't
>mention this.

Hmmm, do you mean "hang funny" at the apex of the cut? Are you asking how
to bind off the raw edges so that the point lays flat? Am I making any sense?

--Yana
• ... Yeah, this is an approach. I ve always found turning bias tape at the apex of the slit difficult, but I m sure you ll figure something out. Another
Message 3 of 4 , Apr 2, 2001
--- Robert Parker <parkrobe@...> wrote:
> First off, thank you all very much. Ok, I am planning on doing a
> Polish
> Hussar's coat with a Rectangular pattern as per all the sites I
> have
> seen posted on the internet. I will cut the rectangle (front &
> back all
> one piece), cut 4 (right?) trinagle gussets, slit the front for the
> opening, cut the neck hole, and slit the back for a riding slit.
> If I
> cut the slit, instead of using a 2 piece back, then when I sew the
> hem
> on each side of the slit, I will have a gap from missing fabric and
> it
> won't hang right (IMHO). I guess I could use bias tape or some
> such. I
> figure this is probably the answer to keep the edges the same. If
> anybody has a better idea for anything I have mentioned, I would be
> very
> grateful.
>
> Thanks again,
> Sergei

Yeah, this is an approach. I've always found turning bias tape at
the apex of the slit difficult, but I'm sure you'll figure something
out. Another approach (and one that might actually save fabric,
depending on how you cut) is to do a center back seam. That'll solve
the issues with it hanging oddly.

You do want right triangles for the gussets; make sure to cut them
bigger than you think you'll need, because you'll want to allow for
seam allowance on all three sides.

Also, cut the neck opening *before* you slit the front; it'll be
easier to handle. In fact, if you're finishing the neck with a
facing, you can stitch that to the place where you want the neckline
first, then cut inside the stitching. That way you can stitch where
you want the neckline to fall and not worry about allowing for seam
allowance.

How are you closing the front? That might make a difference on how
you finish it. You might have to add a bit to get a good-looking
overlap.

I find bias tape and quilt binding invaluable for finishing raw edges
and trimming garb. Also, if your fabric has a tendency to ravel,
zigzag stitch along the edges. That'll keep it from coming apart
before you get the garment finished. (I'm using rayon for a court
outfit, and it was coming apart in my hands until I zigzagged it.)

That's about all I can think of at the moment. Let me know if you
have any other questions.

Tasha

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• First off, thank you all very much. Ok, I am planning on doing a Polish Hussar s coat with a Rectangular pattern as per all the sites I have seen posted on
Message 4 of 4 , Apr 2, 2001
First off, thank you all very much. Ok, I am planning on doing a Polish
Hussar's coat with a Rectangular pattern as per all the sites I have
seen posted on the internet. I will cut the rectangle (front & back all
one piece), cut 4 (right?) trinagle gussets, slit the front for the
opening, cut the neck hole, and slit the back for a riding slit. If I
cut the slit, instead of using a 2 piece back, then when I sew the hem
on each side of the slit, I will have a gap from missing fabric and it
won't hang right (IMHO). I guess I could use bias tape or some such. I
figure this is probably the answer to keep the edges the same. If
anybody has a better idea for anything I have mentioned, I would be very
grateful.

Thanks again,
Sergei
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