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Finding pattern pieces on big sheets of paper (Tip/Technique)
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Posted by: Debbie Lancaster
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Posted on: 4/24/10 5:44 PM
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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Sewing Joe said...
You are a freakin' genius! I'm going to use this tip for the rest of my life.
4/24/10 7:12 PM
quathy said...
Brilliant!!!
4/24/10 7:39 PM
petro said...
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.
4/25/10 7:48 AM
Catbird said...
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.
4/25/10 8:47 AM
dollieo said...
YES brilliant.
4/25/10 8:52 AM
dollieo said...
YES brilliant.
4/25/10 8:53 AM
Rhoda K said...
Great idea, but since I don't have that much room, I have to cut pattern pieces apart before tracing.
4/25/10 8:56 AM
dress45 said...
I love the way you make it very easy I never think of that Thankyou.
4/25/10 11:02 AM

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