|This is a fabulous style with open back but the previous owner decided to make |
an alteration and cut the main dress pattern piece.
|This is the pattern before mending.|
To start with, we need to straighten the crippled pieces using hot iron. I was reluctant to do so initially, especially with printed patterns, but in fact, they are designed to be used with hot iron. Anyway, I had to try with a scrap of the printed tissue paper first before I attempted on the real pattern.
|Ironing is OK, but please no steam!|
Paper glue does not work instantly, so you have time to readjust the pieces if necessary. They have to match perfectly - if not, the pattern will be disfigured. Compare the edges - they should go smoothly and form one line. If your pattern has printed marks, they are also very useful, like this straight grain line here:
So the bottom line is: keep some tissue paper strips left after cutting your pieces out, because you may need them to mend your broken or cut pattern pieces.