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Okay-this may really be a dumb question. Tracing?
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Date: 9/8/10 9:10 AM

Why do people trace patterns? I've noted a lot of talk on here and in the new PR book. I guess so that you can re-use the pattern? It seems like a lot of work to me.

But why else? Should I be? I am about to do my first FBA-so maybe that's a reason?

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Date: 9/8/10 9:12 AM

I like to keep my master pattern intact.

If the pattern is inexpensive (for example New Looks) I don't bother.

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Date: 9/8/10 9:17 AM

Ok, I get that. I guess I just don't envision using the same pattern twice. Well, I do for my second daughter-but all those are pretty much downloads so I could just print them out again.
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Date: 9/8/10 9:24 AM

Tracing is the only way be able to reuse other patterns from pattern magazines (Burda, La Mia Boutique, Patrones, Knip Mode, Ottobre etc). Patterns from companies that include numerous sizing options are best to be traced as well, e.g. Jalie patterns.

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Date: 9/8/10 9:49 AM

I trace my magazine patterns of course, but I never trace envelope patterns especially since I buy them at the sales so it's like a holiday for me. I'd trace them if I wanted to preserve all the sizes, but otherwise, I don't bother.

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Date: 9/8/10 10:08 AM

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Why do people trace patterns? I've noted a lot of talk on here and in the new PR book. I guess so that you can re-use the pattern? It seems like a lot of work to me.

But why else? Should I be? I am about to do my first FBA-so maybe that's a reason?

With magazine patterns you have to trace them (the patterns are all laid out in a jumble, overlapping each other), but with envelope patterns, tracing is optional. I never used to do this, but when I came back to sewing and dived in to my first project, I cut and adjusted the original pattern tissue. Ack -- I was kicking myself. I wasn't happy with the fit of the garment, but going back and adjusting it once the original pattern was all folded and taped and cut out would have been nigh on impossible. Since then, I've always traced patterns.

It's also really helpful when you're learning to personalize the fit to your own body -- for most people this takes many different tries and involves making the most of those multi-size lines (tapering from one size to the other as necessary).

Who knows, you also might want to make the same pattern a few years from now in a slightly different size, or for someone else, and keeping the original pieces uncut means you can still do this easily.


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Date: 9/8/10 10:31 AM

Once I get a pattern fitted and working well on my body, I used it often. It's easy to change up sleeves, necklines, even style lines once you have a great fitting pattern. Why waste all that work starting over on a new pattern over and over again? I trace my pattern that fits and then just redesign the bits and parts I want different on the new tracing.

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Date: 9/8/10 12:34 PM

That makes sense. I am just now really getting back into sewing-I had started two years ago-and then had two children in quick succession so sewing got put on a back burner.

I've never done a FBA-and in fact, am about to-so, it's a good thing that it's occurred to me that I might want to trace. I know what looks good on me-and I like classic styles-so, I probably should be sure to trace my patterns at least.

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Date: 9/8/10 12:36 PM

Yeah, that's what I was thinking-I only buy patterns--on sale so if I wanted to make it again-I'd just buy it again for $4-$5.

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Date: 9/8/10 12:38 PM

Duh, you're right. This didn't occur to me until now-because it's also just now occurred to me that none of my clothes fit b/c none of them are made to fit a 34G bust.

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