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Date: 8/31/13 2:08 PM

This problem may occur, so just to prepare myself:

What's the procedure if you have cut the tissue pattern on one size, then need to cut/make it again, a size larger?

You already cut the tissue off first time around at line 10, now you need to cut another on line 12...... which you do not have?

What's the correct procedure? Thanks in advance.

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Date: 8/31/13 2:22 PM

For the more expensive independent patterns that I buy (they cost more) I trace the pattern, preserving the original pattern pattern. That way I always have the ability to size up or down with accuracy if necessary. It seems like a lot of work but I also need to make several alterations to my patterns so in the long run it's the best option for me.

If I bought a pattern at discount I would just buy another one. It can be difficult to grade up after the cutting line is gone. Unless you have great grading skills. I don't

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Date: 8/31/13 2:23 PM

If it's not too late, trace the size you need instead of cutting the original tissue.

If you've already cut it and you need a larger size, there's a guide to grading patterns here.

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Date: 8/31/13 2:26 PM

For me it depends on the pattern. If it is Simp/McCalls/Butterick and I can get the pattern cheaply, I will just purchase another copy.
For more expensive patterns I will do one of two things.
1. Use tracing paper and make a new copy of the pattern in the smaller size.
2. Where lines intersect carefully cut underneath the pattern on the cutting lines.

If I previously cut the pattern in one size and decided afterwards that I needed a larger size I generally curse.
I then use the smaller size lines as a guide to how the larger pattern should graded larger.

Does that help at all?

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Date: 8/31/13 2:56 PM

I never cut the size I need. If its a pattern that will get used a lot (boxers, track pants, basic t shirt, etc) or on thicker paper, I trace. For once off or infrequent use tissue paper patterns, I cut out the largest size allowing for any extensions at armholes, etc and fold to the size I need.

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Date: 8/31/13 3:21 PM

Nodding my head 'yes' over all the responses so far. And I have just started doing something new-to-me with my first StyleArc order.

The SA patterns are very nice, also expensive with the shipping costs. I accidentally started out 'right' (for me) by cutting around each pattern piece in as big a rectangle as possible - rounding the corners a bit to protect them from wear. The happy accident has made it very convenient to use Wonder Clips to clip a plastic sheet for tracing to the pattern piece. The clipped plastic tracing sheet and original pattern piece can be rotated as it is being marked.

Another happy accident.......with the plastic pattern tracing marked with black sharpie and a long piece of black muslin fabric I have already learned to slip a piece of tissue under the pattern and fabric while cutting. (or in between pattern and fabric). Produces an extra pattern tissue.
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Some of my discarded patterns are not reusable for others. I keep components that have potential and recycle any big pieces of tissue into my patch and alter tissue stash.

On some of the cheap patterns I stash the cut off bigger size margin into the envelope if I think I might use the pattern later for a friend. Typically I would just alter the pattern up going by measurements.

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Date: 8/31/13 6:26 PM

Handshake, I've had this happen, so I starting saving the cut-off pieces, writing the pattern number on them. For older patterns, (thus, don't have the cut-off pieces) I find a pattern by the same company, if possible, in a design very similar, then look at where they added for the larger size and add that to the pattern.

The above is another choice you have, so you have a few ways to go about this.

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Date: 8/31/13 9:15 PM

I've been tracing my patterns onto tissue paper for many years. Recently I found a technique new to me - I think it was one of Angela Wolf's classes here on PR (maybe the Jacket Muslin class? which BTW is FABULOUS...)

Instead of tracing the tissue, cut out the largest/all sizes. To use a smaller size, cut small slashes perpendicular to the cutting line and fold the extra portion out of the way. I like to put a little scotch tape over the notches and markings so they hold up for several uses. Works like a charm for me. Wish I'd heard of that years ago!

If you're going to use the pattern multiple times, and it's thin tissue, you might want to go ahead and trace or reinforce it anyway.

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Date: 8/31/13 9:51 PM

I make a lot of alterations (petite, FBA minimum) and often customize so I like to trace every pattern. It is good to have the original to fall back on when things go sideways. And in spite of being a pretty impatient sewer, I find it quicker to trace than to spend an hour an a half driving to town and back to get a new pattern.

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Date: 8/31/13 10:53 PM

In Australia, buying another pattern is not economical as we hardly ever have sales (& certainly not to the extent that you guys have in the USA) so I always trace. I often use a pattern for myself & my DD and since we are 3 or more sizes apart, this makes sense.

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