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Mole Princess
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Date: 3/23/13 5:16 PM

Hello, all! Love this site. This may be my first post, but I lurk and learn. I've been sewing for forty years, on and off, and do some patternmaking as well. (Not grading for different sizes and all that--just making things for myself.)

Recently I stumbled across a great patternmaking fabric by serendipity. I would love to be able to actually buy it. The material was the scrim holding together a roll of wool batting (from White Lotus) which I bought for bedding and upholstery purposes. I peeled off the scrim and thought wait . . . let me keep this. It made a great patternmaking fabric because it was nappy enough to stick to fabric later when cutting (I like that so I don't need to use much by way of pins or weights), AND you can see through it, very handy for motif positioning etc. (It's not transparent, but you can see through it.) I believe it would be no problem to sew through it for a fitting. It's a lightweight, white, probably polyester material with a subtle dot pattern in it.

I've seen "official" patternmaking fabrics that cost more than I want to pay, and were less transparent than this. (Ordinarily I buy cheap sheets from Ikea and use them, but the patterns end up bulky and it would save space to make patterns out of this scrim. However, the price per yard is good and the patterns are beyond easy to cut out, b/c they are heavy.)

I could ask White Lotus if they can sell the scrim to me separately, but thought I'd see if anyone here has seen something like this. I might see about asking Joann to order it . . . if I know what it's even called!

And if not--what are your favorite materials to use for patterns?

Thanks, everyone! There's a wealth of experience here, and I appreciate your help.

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Date: 3/24/13 2:31 AM

Hi Mole Princess,
There are a number of conversations here on PR about pattern tracing material, and there are a LARGE number of things that folks use.

I use "Soil Separator Trench Wrap" from Home Depot, which sounds very much like what you are describing. It costs about 30 cents a yard. Here's the info from their website, in case you want to take a look at it:
Trench Wrap
Model # 36150SSF-6
Store SKU # 233332
Internet/Catalog SKU 100154781

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Date: 3/25/13 9:24 AM

Thank you very much for that lead! I will check it out. The price you mention can't be beat. I checked the boards for pattern making material, and I guess that was my problem . . . the term people use is pattern tracing.

Thanks again for the help!

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Date: 3/25/13 9:26 AM

I'm in agreement with the soil separator cloth. It's not super easy to draw on - but a pen works OK. It's easy to see thru. It drapes - and it's inexpensive. It comes in various widths up to 48" if my memory serves me right.

I bought mine at a Lowe's in the plumbing dept. Once you make a pattern from this stuff - you can fit the entire pattern in a small ziploc bag. The stuff doesn't tear. It's like a fabric tyvec....

I bought mine several years ago and I think I paid a little over $30 for 50 yards. could have been 150 yards. I don't remember. I do recall it came on a roll................

The other advantage? You can cut several layers of this stuff and use it as a stabilizer for embroidery. It's really soft.
-- Edited on 3/25/13 9:28 AM --

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Date: 3/25/13 10:00 AM

Yeah, I use a pen, too. I have also used crayons, and they work fine, but I find myself continually sharpening them. Recently I bought some Crayola markers (not the washable kind), and really like how easy they are to use with it. Unfortunately, the ink gets all over my hands, and doesn't want to come off easily. Maybe that's just operator error of a lefty. Still, they are by far the best I've used.

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Date: 3/26/13 6:53 PM

Found it! Home Depot had it, 36" wide, a huge roll for $15.00. It is very similar to what I was looking for and I think it will work very well. I'm eager to try it out! Thanks for the help and the tips.

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