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« on: February 17, 2007 08:19:01 AM »

Hi All,

I have a bra pattern that I want to make, but I know I'm going to need a lot of mods.  So I thought I would trace the pattern before cutting it.  Only thing is, I'm not sure how to go about doing that.  So, what exactly do I need to trace?

I have pattern paper, and a tracing wheel.  Surely that can't be it.  Does anyone care to enlighten me?


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« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2007 08:35:41 AM »

When tracing onto paper you usually use a needle point tracing wheel, here They are really hard to find in fabric stores. But they do have them--a little bit different in like art tools called "pounce" wheels like this
This makes tiny holes in the paper you are tracing to which gives you your line. You could also try using your regular tracing wheel and tracing paper, but chalk paper doesn't stick really well.

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« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2007 12:26:01 PM »

I've used a tracing wheel before, and I've used a lightbox in my class (we are not allowed to cut patterns, so we must trace them and make our own). If you don't have access to a lightbox, and the pattern isn't that large, maybe you can stick it to a window?

« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2007 01:03:26 PM »

OK I have the needlepoint tracing wheel.  Now I need to find tracing paper, or can I use something else that can be bought from the corner store?  Hmn, windows.  What a  good idea. I guess I better get to it, while the sun is still out.


« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2007 01:42:17 PM »

I kinda "gutterpunk" it. *L*  honestly, I just use what's lying around the house. I have a tracing wheel but never use it. Smiley

I just use regular tracing paper (from any art or office store) or Pellon grid to trace. I use tru-grid or quliter grid for making all of my patterns.
true-grid: http://joann.com/catalog.jhtml?CATID=57015&PRODID=60116&source=search
quliters gird: http://joann.com/catalog.jhtml?CATID=82284&PRODID=60096&source=search
I really like to use a non-repro blue pencil and a red colored pencil when drawing patterns. I don't really know why. I think I just got used to that from graphic design and they mark easily on the Pelon.

I use Dritz or Clover tracing paper to transfer darts and such.
Dritz: http://www.shiboridragon.com/Notions/Dritz-634-66.jpg
Clover: http://www.shiboridragon.com/Notions/Clover-Chacopaper-434.jpg

I have this nifty tool from a pottery class called a ribbon tool that is perfect for scoring paper and transferring pattern marks with precision.
ribbon tool: http://www.baileypottery.com/images/090-004.jpg
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« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2007 01:57:07 PM »

If you have a needle point tracing wheel and you are tracing onto paper, you don't need tracing paper. The tracing wheel will leave tiny holes in the pattern paper and that is your line.

People like different kinds of tracing paper. The kind at fabric stores is "no wax" it is chalk and leaves chalk lines. It mostly can be dusted off which is what you like or don't like. I like wax tracing paper, but I sew for theater which has different needs. I don't really want my tracing to disappear. (I don't know where you buy it).

So transferring to fabric you need tracing paper, transferring to paper you don't.

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« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2007 02:12:56 PM »


re: transfer paper: ooh! good point. Smiley  I use wax-free chalk paper to transfer lines from pattern to garment, so I want the lines to dust off. When I transfer lines from one pattern to another I usually just trace through the paper, but if I can't see accurately I'll use the wax-free apper to transfer the marks and then draw over them with pencil so they're permanent.

oh, and the reason I like to draw patterns with pencil rather than pen or marker is because they pencil won't transfer or rub off ink onto the fabric. But as you pointed out, it really depends on your project. Smiley
« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2007 05:34:59 PM »

I use a product called Pattern Ease - it's found in the interfacing part of some fabric stores (you can also find it on line).  I have a tenedncy to use a regular ball point pen when I trace my patterns or if I need to trace something that doesn't have a seam allowance, I use a seam tracer (which comes in two widths 1/4" and 5/8").

« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2007 09:28:36 AM »

eeep I feel so low tech! I just use a pencil and white acid-free tissue paper (or greaseproof paper if I've not got any tissue - I'm too cheap to buy proper tracing paper). And for seam allowances I have two pencils taped together, with a cigarette lighter in between them, which draws 2 lines 5/8" apart.
« Reply #9 on: February 18, 2007 09:53:48 AM »

I am low tech too!  I use baking paper or greaseproof paper, and a coloured pencil or even a ballpoint pen to transfer the markings.  I had a Burda magazine that I wanted to use a pattern from, but no 'proper' tracing stuff so I used what was in my kitchen cupboard, it worked fine, and that's what I've done ever since.

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