seam allowance

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A pattern shows excess at the edges for a seam allowance.



seam allowance (plural seam allowances)

  1. (sewing) The part of the material or fabric added to the dimensions of a sewing pattern outside the seam.
    • 2001, Claire B. Shaeffer, Couture Sewing Techniques‎, page 40
      Trim the seam allowances to between 1/4 in. and 1/2 in. Fold one seam allowance in toward the other and pin along the fold.


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