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« on: February 22, 2006 05:17:52 AM »

I just had fun making a dress from no pattern.  I now want to trace out my dress pieces with added seam allowance onto a nice material that will store well.  What have you used in the past?  (My longest pattern piece goes from my shoulder to my knees).  Right now I can only think of using a good quality wrapping paper.
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« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2006 05:42:57 AM »

I have an advantage in the fact that I work for an engineering firm.  We have this good quality bond paper that comes in big rolls.  The guys know to save me the ends of the rolls when they are changing them out. 

You could probably find something similar at a teacher supply store.

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« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2006 05:46:57 AM »

I use cheap cotton with no stretch (sometimes walmart has stuff a low as 50 cents a yard). Walmart also sells twin sheets indiviually for about $3, they are low thread count and pretty stiff. They work well for me as pattern material. Old sheets would probably work ok too.

« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2006 05:59:05 AM »

I used tissue paper in the past but the problem with it is that it tears easily and if you need a bigger piece you have to tape two sheets together but its fairly inexpensive. A cheaper solution is news paper with will hold up better but still needs to be taped together. Now I use tracing paper that comes in rolls alot easier to use and pretty sturdy. Its a little more expensive but if you do alot pattern altering (as I do.) then its more than worth it. You find tracing paper at an art supply store.

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« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2006 07:00:40 AM »

I buy rolls of brown paper at the post office to trace ALL of my patterns. I refuse to cut them!

I lay the brown paper on the (carpeted) floor, lay the pattern piece I'm tracing on top, weight it down with some coins or stones, and then go along the pattern lines with a serrated tracing wheel (they usually come with every sewing kits and no one knows what to do with it!). This makes little dots on the brown paper, which I cut along and highlight marks and write pattern details (piece, size, how many to cut, etc) with a magic marker.

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« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2006 07:04:23 AM »

I use Hospital paper rolls, the kind they put on the examination tables/beds at the doctors office. It works really well and its thin enough to trace any pattern but its thicker than the tissue paper so it wont rip easily plus its just about 3-5$ a roll  Smiley

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« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2006 07:17:50 AM »

I use packing paper.  The only problem with that is you have to tape the ends together for a longer piece.  I've also used the hospital paper.  It tears easier, but you don't have to tape it.

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« Reply #7 on: February 22, 2006 11:33:49 AM »

i like soil separator fabric that i get from home depot, it is non-woven, doesn't stretch out of shape, doesn't tear, folds flat, you can even sew it together if you want to test a pattern before cutting it out of good fabric.

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« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2006 02:57:14 PM »

Thanks for the great ideas guys!
« Reply #9 on: February 22, 2006 03:57:47 PM »

I use a nonwoven material called "Patternease"  It's like interfacing, but it's twice as wide and often goes on sale at the fabric stores.  You can find it right with the interfacings, and of course it can be used as an interfacing, too.

To strengthen tissue paper patterns, I press the lightest weight iron-on interfacing directly onto the wrong side of the pattern.  (I make scrubs and have used the same patterns for 50 or more sets using this method.)
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