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Posted on: 5/16/04 12:15 PM
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This is a tip I learned at a class with Margaret Islander. We used exam-table paper to make our patterns from our original. It's 21" wide, and very inexpensive. You place the pattern piece under the tracing paper and use a soft-lead pencil to make the tracings, making sure to include notches, darts, straight-of-grain lines & etc. You can make forward-shoulder adjustments at the same time if you usually have to do that (as I do). It is surprisingly durable -- I have a couple of old-favorite tops that have held up for literally years! I've been using my roll for years, and still have quite a bit left. I live in a small town, and had no trouble getting my Dr's office to sell me a roll.

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cookeelady said...
Are there other places the exam table paper can be purchased? This sounds like and interesting idea, especially since I like to make Christmas and birthday gifts exactly for my neices and my sisters. My doctors office isn't resource option.
5/26/04 9:02 AM
PVA said...
Hi Cookeelady, It's great for all kinds of patterns. Possibly large office supply place or maybe a medical supply. Then of course, a hospital or clinic might be a source. Once you get your hands of a roll, your're set, since it seems to go on and on like an energizer bunny!(8^D)
5/27/04 4:35 PM
CM_Sews said...
You can buy this online at Nancy's Notions ( for $6.99 for 77 yards. It's called Pattern Paper, search for it by it's order number PP3. One roll lasts a long time. Also handy is Sewer's Fixit Tape (SFT3, $2.99) which is another medical product useful for sewing, a micropore paper tape that you can use to tape pattern tissue or the purchased pattern paper. It does not melt when you iron it because it is paper and not plactic, like regular Scotch tape.
9/18/04 2:27 PM
PVA said...
Hi CM Sews, Thanks for the tip about Sewers fixit tape -- I certainly will check that out since I need to shorten just about every garment pattern that is destined for my body!
9/19/04 10:32 AM
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