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Cutting paper pattern pieces
Do you cut the whole thing, or your size?
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Date: 2/12/10 6:38 PM

OMGoodness. It's been so long since I've done this!
I'm cutting the whole pattern pieces out of the larger paper sheet (simple straight skirt) and folding back the sizes I don't need--because, what if I make the pattern a year from now and need more room?

But, I wanted to poll everyone else just to see if this is normal or not!

leu (who is excited about getting sewing time tomorrow while DH takes DS to gymnastics class!)

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Date: 2/12/10 7:47 PM

Whether or not I cut my size depends on the pattern. If it is a pattern that I picked up at a 99 cent sale at Hancock's, I happily cut out just my size.

If it is a pattern that I either a. paid a lot for and want to preserve, or b. need to make a lot of alterations to and want to preserve it in it's original state in case I need to start over, then I trace it instead of cutting.

To trace, I use one of two things...either soil separator cloth or clear plastic drop cloths from the the hardware store. On the drop cloths, I just trace with sharpie, but sharpie bleeds through the soil separator cloth...so I use crayons instead.

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Date: 2/12/10 8:22 PM

I think the most common thing for people with concerns about size or fitting is to trace the pattern.

Tracing is especially useful if you are learning to fit. You trace your own copy, then you can alter your copy without worrying about destroying the original pattern. If you mess up and need to start over, you just trace yourself another copy.

Another option is to buy two or more copies of the pattern. Cut one and save the other in its original form in case you need a "clean" copy later. This option works great for those $1 pattern sales.

ETA: I use architect's "canary trace" paper (inexpensive tracing paper available at art supply stores) and a pencil to trace.
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Date: 2/12/10 9:51 PM

Trace. Art supply stores sell tracing paper rolls that are very convenient to buy in 36" wide rolls.

Having an original pattern, especially when you've never made it before makes it easier to alter when you revisit it. Also makes it easier to pass on to friends or adapt to your own body changes.

A $1.99 pattern might become your favorite, and that will keep living long after it becomes out of print.
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Date: 2/12/10 10:41 PM

I trace my patterns onto tissie and keep the originals in tack. Even when I sew knits some have less stretch and than I go up a size. When I want to make a really quick garment without totaly cutting up the original but no time to trace with accuracy onto tissue, I use tracing paper and the solid tracing wheel.(Same stuff used to mark darts. I trace off my size cutting line onto fabric and than cut material. Original stayes in one piece and if it turns out great I'll make a nice tracing later. If I need to go between sizes with alterations the options are there.

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Date: 2/12/10 11:05 PM

I must be in the minority as I do not trace my patterns. I cut my size then pin the front and back together and paper fit to see what adjustments I am going to have to make. After making the adjustments, if the fabric I am going to use was expensive, then I will make a muslin. I do have a core of TNT patterns that I use over again, T-shirt and pull on pant. (Do two patterns constitute a "core"?) These are Kwik Sew patterns and are made from heavy paper so are very sturdy.

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Date: 2/13/10 7:53 AM

If it's one of the 99 cent patterns, I just cut out the size I need, otherwise I trace (especially since I mostly sew for my two year old - I'm likely going to need a bigger size the next time I make something).

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Date: 2/13/10 4:49 PM

We don't get 99c pattern sales here in Australia which means I'm paying anywhere from $5 (on sale) to $25 (full price Vogue). If it's a pattern that I think I'll use a lot - basics like pj pants or tshirts for my husband and sons who all wear the same size - I trace onto oaktag. If it will need lots of alterations - something for me! - I trace onto STP or tracing paper. Everything else, I cut the largest size and fold to the size I need.

I've still got my Kwik Sew toddlers and childrens patterns (from the books) on oaktag and I used them hundreds of times when sewing for my boys and my nephews.

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Date: 2/13/10 5:49 PM

When sewing for the kids with Kwiksew patterns, where I will not be making any alterations, I will sometimes out and fold like you mentioned. That preserves the larger sizes for when they grow. If I am only going to make it once per size for the kids it is not worth the time it would take to trace.

For clothes for dh or me, I trace.

I also trace Burda WoF and Jalie patterns.

There is no normal, just what works best for you.

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Date: 2/13/10 6:11 PM

I was a bit taken aback when I started here at PR and everyone was talking about tracing patterns. I wanted to cut and start to sew! However, I have learned to let go of some of the tendencies I had when I was 12 years old and learning to sew (I'm not saying it was easy ) and am a confirmed convert to the tracing idea. It got rid of so much anxiety about cutting the wrong thing and winding up with a useless pattern and it didn't take nearly as long as I thought it would and makes it so much easier to do alterations. Give it a whirl!

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