Add seam allowance and/or hem allowance

Adding seam allowance is something that has to happen in every pattern. We might also have a hem where we need to add more seam allowance, or hem allowance.

When doing this, it’s best to split up your path into sections that share the same seam allowance.

In the example below we have two such paths:

  • paths.saBase is the path that will require regular seam allowance
  • paths.hemBase is the path that will require more seam allowance, or hem allowance

When creating them, we disable rendering, effectively hiding them. Then we string together our real path and our seam allowance based on them:

  paths.saBase = new Path()
    .curve(points.tipCpBottom, points.tipCpTop, points.topLeft)
  paths.hemBase = new Path()

  paths.seam = paths.saBase.join(paths.hemBase)
    .attr('class', 'fabric')

  if (complete) {
    if (sa) { = paths.saBase.offset(sa)
        .join(paths.hemBase.offset(sa * 2))
        .attr('class', 'fabric sa')
    // ...
Use a multiple of sa for your hem allowance

Resist the temptation to use an absolute value for any seam allowance, including at the hem.

Always use a multiple of the sa value.