Okay, so I find myself having to make serious full bust adjustments to every pattern I use, so I figured I would post this easy tutorial on how to avoid cutting up your patterns to alter them. Also, I despise that light fluffy tissue that patterns come in.
So, here goes
What you will need: Pattern to trace, scissors used for cutting plastic, 1-2 white plastic garbage bags (I use the Walmart brand 13 gallon ones), a yardstick/ruler, cans/bottles to use as weights, a medium or fine point sharpie pen (multiple colors if you want).
Unfold the plastic bag, but don't OPEN it. Lay it flat.
The bag should have two lengthwise "seams". Cut these off so you can open the bag.
What it looks like after cutting off the seams. Open it up so it's a long piece.
I am going to be tracing pieces 1-6 in a size 18 to make Top A from this pattern.
Lay out the paper pattern that you want to trace. Here, I need pieces 1 and 2.
Place the plastic bag over the pattern pieces you want. Smooth everything out so you can see through to the paper pattern markings.
Begin tracing with your sharpie, careful not to smudge wet lines. I used a can and a jar to hold everything in place. A ruler or other straight edge can help trace longer portions.
Make sure to transfer ALL pattern markings and labels, including the # of the piece and notches, folds, etc. Repeat the steps above until you have all your needed pieces traced. I was able to get all but 1 (very long) piece on 1 garbage bag.
Finished (uncut) pattern pieces laying on my kitchen floor. I much prefer the plastic to the paper, and like that it isn't opaque like regular paper. When going to cut these, I suggest using a rotary cutter, it works wonders!
Thanks for reading. Hope this helps you, even if it is kind of a "duh" tutorial, and I hope I posted this in the right section. Not sure where ELSE it would go ^_^;