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Date: 9/16/12 5:39 PM

When you are ready to finalize a master pattern (like a sloper) what material did you prefer? I've heard oaktag, poster board, acetate, Mylar, Duralar.... In the past, I've used poster board, but it does get worn with lots of use. I'm inclined to try Mylar or Duralar, but not sure of the proper thickness without just overbuying.

Also, any suggestions for good sources? Thanks in advance!
-- Edited on 9/16/12 5:41 PM --

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Date: 9/16/12 8:54 PM

Donald McCunn, author of "How to Make Sewing Patterns", suggested a heavyweight paper, then covering it with two layers of Con-tact paper. That way you can mark it to your heart's content. When the top layer gets too marked up, you peel it off and you have another layer to mark up. You would need to have some corners snipped from the Con-tact paper to make for easy peeling.

This is just one of many ways to do it. Some use oaktag.

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Date: 9/17/12 1:07 AM

I use swedish tracing paper.

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Date: 9/17/12 3:21 PM

Good ideas, both. I would like something with a durable edge to trace off onto paper, so I can use the sloper as the starting block for pattern designs. I've used Swedish tracing paper for pattern tracings, and that works well.

I ordered some Dura-Lar from dickblick.com; supposedly it is a clear version of heavy-weight Mylar... There were about 10 thicknesses to choose from, so I hope I didn't mis-select and get the wrong (and thus costly) product....

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