I picked up a colored pencil to trace a pattern one day and was amazed how such a simple change could be so helpful. Sharpie markers bleed through and pencils and pens can be tough to see. Colored pencils are often softer than a #2 pencil and therefore glide easier on the paper. The use of color is easier on the eyes and also gives you added benefits. With colored pencils you can:
- Trace the pattern entirely in one color and use a different color to mark your alterations.
- Color code sizes when you've cut multiple sizes from one pattern
- For Burda WOF patterns or others without seam allowances, trace the seam line in one color and then go back and use a different color for the cutting line after you've made any alterations. If you make a habit of always using the same color for the cutting line, perhaps it'll jog your memory when you forget to add the cutting line and go to cut your fabric.
- Mark the stitching line on patterns that include seam allowances to help with altering. When you tissue fit or make adjustments, it's important to know where the seam line is.