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Posted on: 4/1/07 3:47 PM
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With lines for about 25 pattern pieces, each in five sizes, all on one sheet, it is easy to become confused while tracing-off BWOF patterns. The mistake I make most often is to miss tracing some construction symbols like pleats or notches. To avoid these omissions, I use the diagrams of pattern pieces that are printed with the sewing instructions. All symbols are clearly indicated on these diagrams without the distraction of 99 other lines. I compare my tracing of each piece with the diagram before moving the tracing paper. If a symbol is missing, it is easy to find it and add it before it is too late.

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Frogstitcher said... (5/1/07 9:11 AM) Reply
That's something I do too. I also like to refer to the sewing instructions for the shapes of the pieces I need, making it much easier to locate them on the pattern sheet. Thanks for sharing your tip.
Leslie in NZ said... (4/30/07 9:08 PM) Reply
Elaray, I have done my big chunk of tracing and your tip was excellent. Before I moved my tracing paper from the pattern sheet, I double checked the pattern piece diagrams in the sewing instruction section. Several times I had missed symbols. These are library copies of Burda and I am not planning to make these patterns for some time. I know you have saved me a lot of grief. Many thanks.
Leslie in NZ said... (4/6/07 4:53 PM) Reply
Thanks for that tip. It is very timely for me. I am in the process of tracing off a number of patterns from library copies of Burda. I will be very careful to check that I have all reference marks.
Pokkel said... (4/6/07 7:12 AM) Reply
I do that as well, and I use kitchen wax paper- the type you wrap sandwiches in. It's cheap so I usually buy a lot of rolls. You can use an iron, set at low-medium temp., to iron the pieces together in order to make larger sizes. I also use different colour markers.
martinanne said... (4/2/07 9:07 PM) Reply
Yes, this is crucial. Makes all the difference!
OP Gal said... (4/2/07 5:37 PM) Reply
Great tip! Thanks for passing it on.
edube said... (4/2/07 7:42 AM) Reply
Gret idea! How many times have I had to get out the paper again to trace something I had forgotten! Thanks.
MissCelie said... (4/2/07 5:30 AM) Reply
I also do that! I used to skip symbols ALL the time.
MelissaB in WA said... (4/2/07 0:18 AM) Reply
I do that too and it helps me so much ~ great tip!
Linda G said... (4/1/07 6:31 PM) Reply
Great Idea...I know what you mean...I am usually going back to the pattern sheet as I am sewing because I forgot to make the markings.
sewbehind said... (4/1/07 6:06 PM) Reply
Thank you for this tip. What a good idea! I often miss those important details as well.
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