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Posted on: 5/5/09 0:01 AM
Review Rating: Helpful by 3 people   Very Helpful by 6 people   
I dont know if this has been posted before, but i found it very helpful. If you do not have a light box but want to trace patterns you can use clear gift wrap and a sharpie pen. This is extra helpful for tracing from bwof or other pattern magazines with lots of lines. I think this would also be good for fabric pattern matching as you can see through it. then you cut out the pattern, and use a whole punch for the other markings. When i lay out the patterns i lay it curl side down and use weights. The wrap can be found at dollar stores and target in my area.

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ryansmumAria said... (5/11/09 12:55 PM) Reply
jean, yes, I will when I have a bit more time. we would do a rough trace of an pair of pants which takes some manuvering. Since we were pattern makers we did not need absolute precision as we worked out the details later. We got the big picture through this technique. However, I do this when I have something that is ready to wear and is a great fit. I spend alot more time with the details and in addition to tracing I measure to get a perfect as possible copy.
jeanharville said... (5/6/09 11:02 AM) Reply
Ryansmom, Can you talk more on the message board about how RTW does this?
jeanharville said... (5/6/09 10:59 AM) Reply
Ryansmom, Can you talk more on the message board about how RTW does this?
ryansmumAria said... (5/5/09 11:44 PM) Reply
This is a great tip and it is what patternmakers do when they want to "knock off" (copy) ready to wear. They will actually purchase an expensive pair of pants or whatever and use clear wrapping paper to trace it. I love this particularly for copying pockets. Thanks!
SewRaeMe said... (5/5/09 10:19 AM) Reply
very clever, I think I am going to run to the dollar store.
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