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Posted on: 10/13/04 10:05 AM
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I was about to toss a torn, clear-plastic shower curtain liner, when it occurred to me to try to use it to trace out those complicated Burda WOF and Ottobre Design patterns. I first washed it to get rid of the soap scum.

It worked very well. I used a fine point sharpie pen to trace. You just have to be careful when tracing, because the plastic will stretch if you press too hard with the pen, and the tracing will become distorted. Apart from that I had no problems and for the first time, my blood pressure didn't increase dramatically while trying to trace out an Ottobre Design pattern.

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Gr8Seamstress said... (10/30/04 9:43 PM) Reply
I love it! what a super idea! I use paper towels because you can see through as you trace and they fold up nicely to put away. I store all my patterns in ziploc bags so pieces dont get lost.
SandraB said... (10/20/04 8:53 AM) Reply
ba, I hadn't thought about using weights. I just hold down the plastic with my free hand.
reunaroundsue said... (10/18/04 8:39 AM) Reply
I bought the 3 mil plastic and sharpie pens and what a great idea I received for your reviews. Thank You, It is better than the pattern tracing material I purchased at the sewing store. What do you use as weights to hold the plastic smooth over the pattern? Thanks Barb
clematis said... (10/17/04 7:00 PM) Reply
What a great idea. Thanks. Lynne
bevaau said... (10/15/04 4:43 PM) Reply
I have used a vinyl film for tracing patterns for years. I get it from the hardware store and use it for all my Burda, Kwik-Sew and Top Kids patterns. The vinyl pieces are easy to mark with a permanent marker, just about indestructible and do not crease easily. I can't tell you the "weight" of the vinyl I use as the young man in the hardware store was a bit bemused when I mentioned sewing patterns and couldn't really tell me!! I never thought of shower curtain lining!! Great recycling idea.
PattiK said... (10/13/04 9:32 PM) Reply
Great idea!
Oopsy-Daisy! said... (10/13/04 2:50 PM) Reply
Very unusual, yet creatively recycleable idea!
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