Right Sides Together
Right Sides Together (RST), also known as Like Sides Together; describes the way fabrics are placed on top of each other when they are sewn together. The Right Side, that is the Front Side, of each fabric is placed facing each other so when the seam is sewn and opened, the same side will be facing outward. The term "Right Sides Together" is used in quiltmaking and garment making patterns.
Benefits of Right Sides Together
- The right side of printed fabric is generally brighter and the pattern will be more defined.
- Depending on your project, when making blocks or sewing, the right sides are placed facing each other so when the seam is open the fabric matches or is the same across the project.
- Keeping Right Sides Together will ensure that the seam allowance will consistently be on the same side.
Supplies and Tools for Rights Sides Together
- Determine the Right Side for your fabric. In most circumstances, the brighter, more clearly defined print or pattern will be identified as the "Right Side". In some cases the back of the fabric may be the perfect fabric color and value for your quilt. You make the decision for your quilt or project.
- Many Batik fabrics, Shot Cottons, Solid Cottons, and Dupioni Silks do not have a right side - both sides are the same.
What I Wished I Knew When I Started Right Sides Together
Always double check that RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER before sewing seams, especially really long seams, like borders. Sometimes it's hard to tell which is the "right" side, and sometimes it's also preferable to use to "wrong" side if it gives you a color or value that you need for a project. You paid for both sides! Use them!!