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« on: June 27, 2010 11:18:32 PM »

I'm just curious to know if anyone else traces there store bought patterns?
If I have patterns for clothes or items that have multiple sizes I trace them so I don't have to cut up the other sizes. I find it works really well for me.
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« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2010 05:21:22 PM »

I always trace mine. I never know if the size that seems like it should fit will actually fit, so I don't like to cut the original pattern and lose any of the other sizes. Plus I like to have all the sizes if I ever get bigger or smaller, or if someone else asks me to make them something. It's also convenient if I lose or destroy or alter the traced pattern and need a new one - I can just trace another!
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« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2010 07:43:07 PM »

I usually cut the largest size, so I haven't run into this issue, yet, really.  I do cut around any bits (curves usually) that lie outside my line, and then fold those parts in and out of the way, so I maintain all the patterns.  I've also folded down to smaller sizes.  If I had to cut a drastically different size, though...I'm really just too lazy to trace the things out.  Grading them back up is easy enough.  There are a few that I'd like to transfer to interfacing, just because they're staples, and pattern paper is so flimsy.
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« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2010 06:26:53 PM »

I trace out my patterns.  Especially any patterns bought for my kids, as they grow so fast, and it keeps the sizes intact.  Besides that I'm hard on that flimsy tissue paper, so it's worth it to take the time to trace it out.
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« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2010 07:56:30 AM »

I trace mine out because my daughter is only 18 months and a lot of patterns are 2-5 yo so I want to get the most out of my money.  Besides, patterns can be expensive and pattern tracing paper is cheap!
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« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2010 06:25:02 AM »

I don't think I could sit there and fold in edges and corners and try to keep them tucked in while cutting out a pattern without having a fit lol. Sure tracing them out is tedious but to me it's worth it in the long run because I will always have the original pattern should the traced one get ruined or ripped etc.
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« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2010 07:21:01 AM »

Oh, heh, I pin down the folds.  Since I pin anyway, it's no big deal.  Tracing would be a great way to catch all the markings, though.  That's something I usually need to double (or triple) check, with the pins.
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« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2010 01:11:21 PM »

I rarely have the same size from one time that I use a pattern to the next.  So I always trace the patterns I use.  Plus I don't want to risk them getting broken with all the manipulation - I pin them to the material and all.  This way I can use them over and over again and also make all the modifications I want without spoiling the original.
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« Reply #8 on: July 15, 2010 05:15:33 PM »

I started tracing patterns for clothes that I wanted to make my daughters (they are different sizes).  But now I trace just about everything so I don't ruin the original with pinning.
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« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2010 10:19:09 PM »

I trace my heavily-used patterns onto tagboard (manila) so they're super durable.

I also have a habit of dissecting patterns and completely changing the original design, so it's nice to have them on a plain piece of card!
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