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Posted on: 1/8/03 4:41 PM
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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.

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Barbara R said... (6/9/06 12:39 PM) Reply
I also use a color-coding system when making alterations to a pattern. The colors follow the rainbow: red, orange, (not yellow, hard to see), green, etc. So if I have made two or three different adjustments to one area, I can tell by looking which is the most current one.
Loreli said... (1/9/03 10:15 PM) Reply
Thanks for the tip Lori. I will try it out when I trace a pattern again.
Gigi Louis said... (1/9/03 0:11 AM) Reply
I always use colored pencils too and never thought of posting this so I'm glad you did. As you said, they are so much better than pens and regular pencils.
NancyDaQ said... (1/8/03 7:12 PM) Reply
Thanks for reminding me of this. I have used colored pencils to trace with in the past and it does work well. I had totally forgotten!
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