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« on: July 05, 2006 10:04:27 PM »

I know this is probably a silly question to ask, but when you find a pattern you love to peices, do you just keep cutting it out of the same pattern paper, or do you trace it onto something?

Me, I have almost ALL multi-size patterns, and I have no idea what I'll do when I fall in love with one. I find it VERY tedious to have to mark underneath my patterns (I'm usually 2 sizes smaller than the largest size in my pattern envelope).

So, do you guys have some tips on what to do or use?
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« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2006 10:30:14 PM »

in some patters there's that really thin brown paper, sorry don't use patterns a lot, so after you make the adjustments, transfer it to the brown paper, then keep it!
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« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2006 01:18:45 AM »

I don't tend to plan for the future, so I just cut out my patterns in the size that I want, and just keep reusing the same patttern. Everytime that I use the pattern I shave off a sliver around the edge, so I don't cut exactly around the shape if I have used the pattern a few times already.

When it comes to growing and changing shapes, I do not change sizes at the exact same rate all over the bod, so if I am redoing a blouse and the initial version does not exactly fit it will be a bit of "Don't change waist, haven't changed. Add inch to hips here and here..."

I think it is all very personal-tracing the patterns I buy or marking underneath would mean that I would never start projects.
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« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2006 01:37:43 AM »

I have a big roll of sew-on interfacing, and I trace my pattern pieces off that, rather than cutting the originals up, just in case I need a bigger size later. For smaller pieces, like collars, etc. I use baking paper, rather than going through my roll of interfacing (which is a pain to work with sometimes, because it sticks to everything).
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« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2006 05:40:02 AM »

Until my sister died (married to a doctor), I would buy medical paper from their office.  Since then I finally ran out and had to look around.  You can purchase the medical paper under another name from Clotilde for about 6 or 7 dollars a roll.  It sometimes goes on sale.  It is light enough you can see through it to make your alterations and changes.  It also can fold up and be put in the envelopes with the patterns when you are through because it is light.
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« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2006 08:13:03 AM »

1--you can iron on fusible interfacing to the back of your pattern to help preserve it.  when you use this pattern, it will often stick to the fabric without pinning.

2--you can cut it out of something like non-woven, non-fusible interfacing, label all the pieces, and when you use this pattern for cutting, it too sticks to the fabric without pinning.

3--we cut patterns in brown craft paper if we are going to use them more than once.

4--if we are going to use them over and over, from season to season, we cut them out of tag board, when we use them we trace around them directly onto the fabric before cutting.

5--i know of people who trace their patterns onto clear vinyl--soil separator--medical paper--muslin--wrapping paper--and all kinds of other stuff.  use whatever appeals to you, and whatever suits your needs in terms of cutting and storage.
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« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2006 04:36:05 PM »

I use a product called pattern ease.  But like rostitchery pointed out, there are tons of stuff out there that is sturdy that you can use, it's just a matter of preference in the end.  I tend to use pattern ease because it's sturdy, I can see my pattern underneath, and I can always find it at Joann's (and use a coupon).
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« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2006 08:28:41 PM »

 I have used a lot of  multipatterns...I always used paper. It is very useful.
 I lately followed the tip of my friend here Stacysews about Pattern easy....It is a great thing. I guess with a preferred costumer coupon the pattern easy price ends up cheaper than paper...you can fold it and put in an envelop with you want to. Wink
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« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2006 04:41:08 AM »

my preference has always been brown paper because i HATE trying to see thru other mediums.  and now that i have reached the trifocal stage of my life, i just don't feel like making myself mad about it.  Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2006 11:53:54 AM »

I just cut out the biggest size and fold back the paper to the size I need.  I usually have to cut slits around the curves to make it work.  But at least if I need a bigger size I can iron the pattern back to normal and use painters tape to bandage the slits that I cut before. 

I learned this while sewing my childrens clothes.  I don't want to buy patterns year after year for the same types of items, or 3 different but same patterns for my three girls, so I started folding back to save money. 

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