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« on: June 17, 2012 12:42:15 PM »

I'm just wondering what people generally do with shop bought patterns.  Do you cut them or trace them?

I'm always frightened to cut into them, so I trace them onto freezer paper and use that.

It would definatle save valuable time cutting straight into the pattern sheets but what if your sizes alters?

« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2012 06:26:57 PM »

When I got seriously into sewing, I also started tracing my patterns onto freezer paper. That way, I can make whatever changes I want without messing up the original pattern. I agree it takes a bit of extra time, but when patterns are $6-$20, I'd rather "waste" time than money!

« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2012 08:41:25 PM »

It depends. If it's a multi-sized pattern (like for clothing), then I trace onto tracing cloth (Pattern Ease, found in the interfacing section of your fabric store), otherwise (say something like a bag) I cut into it.

« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2012 03:52:40 AM »

Thank you replying and confirming that I'm not wasting my time.

« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2012 06:09:30 PM »

On the rare occasions I buy a pattern and actually get around to making it up, I cut the pattern out.  If I want to alter it later, I pin or tape on paper to add room--or, more often, just mark it directly on the fabric.  And sometimes I just pin or weight down the pattern and add the extra as I cut.

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« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2012 06:21:07 PM »

I buy all of my patterns on sale for $1-2/each... so I cut them to size..  It's really more time than it's worth to me.

« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2012 11:34:11 AM »

If you don't want to lose sizing on the commercial pattern piece, this is what I do based on the pattern drafting method I was taught to do in fashion school:

1. Cut out the pieces just to separate them. Don't cut on the lines.

2. Place on your fabric with pins

3. Using a long ruler (the ones we use in school look like this and cost about $5.99, but you can use any flat ruler with no bevels or traditional angled edges) and chalk, put the edge of the ruler on the line of the pattern piece, fold up the pattern paper over the ruler, and swipe the chalk along the ruler. By shifting and angling the ruler, you can get curves even though a ruler is straight.

It seems counter-intuitive because a ruler is usually used for straight lines and measuring straight lines, but this is the method I was taught in pattern drafting, when we'd be given a sloper or block with no seam allowances, and had to measure and draw our own seam allowance after altering the block. When doing a curve, you just pivot the ruler in tiny increments, and draw a bunch of lines. Where they meet, you get a smooth curve.
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