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Old 08-21-2009, 09:56 AM   #1
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RRP All-in-one ?s

Seriously have been trying to do this for like 2 weeks now. I've actually made 3 but none of them are going to work as AIO. They are more like pocket fitteds with a fleece outer that stil need to be put under a real cover because I can't get my fleece to roll correctly. I'm sure the directions are super clear to more experienced ladies but this is my first time sewing anything other than a straight line. I'm burning through my canibalized clothes fabric and I hate to have to go buy some. Trying to save money by making these. Spending more $$ seems to defeat that purpose. So here are the things I'm confused about:

1. Her directions say to add a 1/4-1/2 seam allowance to the pattern. I get that. She then says that it doesn't have to be exact but I don't know how I'm supposed to properly line up the pieces if they aren't exactly the same all the way around. Am I missing something obvious?

2. The directions to change a cover into an AIO say to make the fleece outer about a 1/2 inch bigger than the inside fabric. Is that a 1/2 inch in addition to the 1/4-1/2 in seam allowance already added?

3. When I sew the elastic on the legs (I'm doing the seam allowance kind not the blind kind) do I have to sew it along the curve or can I I just go straight from one point to the other?

4. It says to sew the elastic into the seam allowance of the outer pattern so the fleece will roll in and keep it from wicking. Which seam allowance is my "outer seam allowance"?

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Old 08-21-2009, 11:08 AM   #2
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Ok, so I'm pretty new to this myself, but I've made around 23 RRP's. I haven't made hers into AIO's, BUT I do have the DD Unlimited pattern and I think I finally understand about the whole "rolling" part.

When I make RRPS I literally trace around the actual pattern and then cut around 1/4 to 1/2" out from the line (then I sew on the line... ) The extra seam allowance for the outer is I believe just around the leg parts and it's to allow for that fleece to roll. When you pin the the fleece to the inner you may have some minor tucks/puckers in the leg area since you are trying to sew more material in a smaller space kwim? Then when you attach the elastic, you sew it on the fleece side. That will encourage the fleece to roll inward. I've heard it works better if you use a non-stretchy fabric for the inner layer.

As the for the last question, after you sew the fleece to the inner your seam allowance will be the same, since you forced your fleece to match up with your inner. I think she just means to sew it on the fleece side.

I always sew my elastic along the curve... not sure if you have to, it just kind of became habit for me.

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Old 08-21-2009, 01:14 PM   #3
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Thanks Mama! now I don't have to put my fist through my sewing room wall I was expecting to crank out like 3-4 during nap time. Didn't happen before but with your help I think I can do it tomorrow.
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OooOO, I made one and I took pics!! Ok. here goes, I hope I make sense...

First I cut out the RRP on my inner piece which in this one is white flannel...


Then I traced around the actual pattern and just cut bigger for my seam allowance...


Then after my flannel is cut out I laid it on my fleece...


And then I marked where the "extra" fleece needed to be for the rolling effect

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Then I cut out my fleece using my flannel as the guide (of course it's all pinned together...


Then comes the pinning...



I then "finished" the pocket opening and I like my pockets in the front... (I'm weird)


Then sewing around ... whee! I just sew on the line I traced... Or try to! lol


Here's what my leg area looked like:
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Then I marked where I needed the elastic on the fleece side:


Sewing the elastic in the seam allowance:


and pulling it tight!! I use polybraid 3/8"


all done with the elastic ( I add back elastic where my pocket should have been


I trim my excess seam allowance (personally I always have some)


Then I turn and here's what we have so far:
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Woot it's ROLLING!

Ok, now there are lots of ways to finish it, if you just want to topstitch where there is no elastic, then the legs look like this:



(It's on my dd's doll, my LO isn't here unitl October... )


OR i got to thinking, since RRP tells ya to anyway, you could top stitch all around and really "encourage" that fleece to roll....( I was careful NOT to catch the elastic in the topstitch, I just sewed like it was a casing pulling tight as I was sewing)


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Here it is top stitched all around:



and on the poor doll:



HTH!! Good luck mama!! Also I don't think it would hurt to use 100% poly thread to minimize that whole wicking deal... lol

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Thanks for the photos! This is helpful
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YOU'RE AMAZING!!!! I am a super visual learner and those pics are so helpful!!!
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