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« on: November 26, 2005 04:24:40 PM »

I'm so much better at sewing "freehand" than using patterns- when i get that flimsy tissuey written in sew-er-speak pattern in my hands I'm horribly inept. Even when I do try to follow a pattern to the letter things never turn out quite "right".  Sad I have a few patterns I've been meaning to work on for months, any tips on battling the patterns?

Seriously, any hits on cutting, transferring patterns, etc?

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« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2005 07:57:18 AM »

I always have a big roll of brown paper on hand (they're really cheap from the post office) and I copy over all the pattern pieces I'll need for a given project. On a carpeted floor, I roll out some brown paper, then place the tissue pattern on top, and take my serrated tracing wheel and trace over all the pattern lines and notches, leeaving little dots on the brown paper. Then I cut on the dots and label the piece with the project ("crossover top", "flared trousers", "long jacket", etc), the piece number and name ("3 - Bodice front") and the size. It takes a bit of extra time, but it means I can make multiple copes of the project really quickly and they're already in the right size and I don't have to demonstrate my map-folding abilities more than once. Smiley

The best advice I can give if you're having problems with patterns is to do absolutely everything that's said - don't make any shortcuts!! If it says to press the seams, press them (you should have a hot iron right next to your sewing machine at all times!). If it says to baste, then baste. Once I finally realised that these steps were included for a reason, the quality of my projects took a big step toward professional. Be patient, and take your time.

If you don't understand a step, ask someone. It's much quicker to do it right the first time than to have to unpick it all later because you were rushing! Smiley

Good luck!

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