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Posted on: 4/24/10 5:44 PM
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With patterns that come on large sheets of heavy paper, like those from KwikSew and HotPatterns, I generally iron the original pattern sheet flat, then trace off the pieces I need, then refold the original pattern pages and put them back in the envelope. Inevitably, I will find that I have either left out a piece, or forgotten to mark a notch or line, or traced the wrong size. Then I have to locate the correct piece among the several humongous sheets of awkward-to-mess-with paper and retrace it.

Today I had an aha moment: Before refolding the sheets, I noted what items were on the sheet, and after refolding the sheets, wrote on the outside of the folded sheets what pattern pieces were on that sheet. Now when I need to trace the gusset piece on the new HP Tuxedo shirt/tunic/dress, I can find it without unfolding all of those sheets.

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dress45 said... (4/25/10 11:02 AM) Reply
I love the way you make it very easy I never think of that Thankyou.
Rhoda K said... (4/25/10 8:56 AM) Reply
Great idea, but since I don't have that much room, I have to cut pattern pieces apart before tracing.
dollieo said... (4/25/10 8:53 AM) Reply
YES brilliant.
dollieo said... (4/25/10 8:52 AM) Reply
YES brilliant.
Catbird said... (4/25/10 8:47 AM) Reply
Great idea! I also make little dots or check marks on the list of pattern pieces in the instructions after I trace each piece -- that helps me to know that I've traced all the pieces before folding up the humongous sheets. Of course, that doesn't help if I've forgotten a notch or a grainline, but your idea will make that less painful.
petro said... (4/25/10 7:48 AM) Reply
I do something similar with BWOF sheets, separate them into see through plastic file sections and tuck a copy of the line drawings of styles there, with the sheet letter etc added for good measure. I hate messing with those huge sheets of paper to look for a pattern.
quathy said... (4/24/10 7:39 PM) Reply
Sewing Joe said... (4/24/10 7:12 PM) Reply
You are a freakin' genius! I'm going to use this tip for the rest of my life.
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