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Date: 10/14/11 12:33 PM

So... I was wondering how many people out there always trace the pattern onto tracing paper and never cut the original?

My process so far has been to preserve the original. That means I trace the pattern onto tracing paper and use that instead. In addition, if I can afford to, I buy a backup copy of the pattern (that just means I buy 2 copies during the 99cent sale). But even for patterns that I have backup copies, I donít cut the original. At best, I will cut the tissue into pieces so that itís easier to trace.

The tracing/cutting part definitely lengthen each garment construction time, not to mention that my pattern stash is getting out of control with all the traced pieces. I seriously considered just using the original for ones I have a backup, but I canít! I think itís some level of fear - what if I messed up, what if I love the pattern so much that I want to make another in a different size, what if it is discontinued, etc. The upside of not cutting into original is that I can possibly resell it later on?

Does anyone else do this...

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Date: 10/14/11 12:44 PM

I do this method too, because I am still learning to fit my patterns well. It is a little time consuming, but I can mess around with the pattern-tape more on, or cut off, or whatever. The only thing that is difficult, is if I am using a stiff paper, then I can't do the tissue fit method. But I do use the Palmer/Pletsch tissue, and really like that. But their patterns usually have all the helpful hints with pattern, so they take away some of the trepidation!

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Date: 10/14/11 1:50 PM

I'm a pattern whacker But, I've been sewing for 50 years and started with no patterns, just whacking fabric. Fearless through ignorance..........
My sewing roots probably led me to always measure, measure, measure. If I've had any body changes or am working with a drastically different design, I measure some more. Measure me, measure already made garments with a similar drape and ease, measure all the pattern pieces seam line to seam line. Make my notes, make my changes and chop away. The measuring allows me to firm up my fit and design changes on my sketch pad before going to the pattern so perhaps it saves some wear and tear on the pattern tissue.

But, back to your question. If I find that I'm extremely happy with an often used pattern or an often used component of a pattern, I either trace it out on paper or apply iron on interfacing. This is after the pattern has proven itself. If I know that I will love the pattern forever or that I will get super creative with it, I will buy a spare when it is on sale at the cheap price. I have some really, really old patterns that are holding up just fine. I probably have the first Issey Miyake patterns that were put out and have used those several time to make as designed or redesign. I am very careful with the pieces. Treasured patterns are folded and pressed and retained in a gallon size zip lock bag to cut down on the folding. I've never lost a pattern through age or wear.

Oh..........I pin like crazy when necessary but use cans as weights as much as possible. This has probably helped preserve my patterns.

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Date: 10/14/11 2:28 PM

I'm going to duck for cover whilst I confess to never having traced a single pattern I have ever sewed. This is in part because I don't intend to make the same thing again very often. I have too many new things still to make! I have just nearly finished a dress for my housemate, which is one I have made before for myself.

I could have traced out her size (she is a size smaller than me) but instead flipped the (interfaced) pattern pieces over and trimmed back where there was a difference to my size.

Messy? Yes. But I think still quicker then tracing out the whole pattern with all of the many box pleat markings.

Interfacing a pattern works great, it is so much easier to fold, layout and it doesn't flutter about like tissue alone does.

It does depend on what you are making of course. If it was complicate the above method would not work.

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Date: 10/14/11 3:19 PM

I'm a pattern tracer, but I have not always been. Once upon a time, I could find my measurements on a pattern, match 'em up, cut out and sew. No more.

I find that I always need to modify the pattern, so I just trace it to start with. When I use the Pivot and Slide alteration method, I can combine the tracing and the altering.

I do it this way because I want to be able to go back to the UN-altered pattern. There have been times when I've had to start all over again, and then I'm glad I've got the original pattern.

I sometimes sew for others, and I've used more than one size in one pattern, so I trace. I use a gallon size Ziploc bag to store the original pattern, the traced pieces, any notes I made to myself (I should do that part more often), etc. I use medical exam table paper (Nancy's Notions tracing paper, Clotilde tracing paper).

This is my preference only, not a recommendation for anyone else. I have my reasons why I prefer to do it this way, but those reasons may not apply to you. YMMV.

In regards to dealing with a large collection of patterns: I'm stuck with the same issue. There are multiple discussions on PatternReview about how people organize their patterns, but since I'm rather unorganized (except for the Ziploc bags), I have nothing to offer you there.

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-- Edited on 10/14/11 4:15 PM --

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Date: 10/14/11 4:02 PM

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me too, I am too impatient to trace. I have traced some patterns in the past, and those were for new types of clothing I hadn't made before. I traced a lingerie pattern, and a tailored coat pattern. I made muslins for both of those projects, and I kept the muslins to check fit in the future.

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Date: 10/14/11 4:08 PM

uhf... i hate tracing. But I have done it on some patterns that could be hard to replace, from some independent companies.

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Date: 10/14/11 4:40 PM

I trace, but I use mainly Kwik Sew/Jalie patterns. They are about $9-15.00 each. But the paper is good quality. I trace those. At the present moment I am using a discontinued Butterick pattern. with that thin cheap tissue paper, that I don't really care for. The pattern was only $2.00. I did give it my all to try and trace, but it was too frustrating. So I am cutting the original.
I'm not sure but I think only Butterick, Simplicity, McCall's, & Vogue use that tissue paper.

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Date: 10/14/11 6:57 PM

I trace Kwik Sew and Jalie and cut the "Big 4". They are so cheap and my fitting woes aren't too extreme.

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Date: 10/14/11 7:14 PM

I trace if I think I might mess up the pattern (which is most of the time if I am sewing for me), if there are a lot of pieces (since I'm likely to lose one if I cut them all apart), if the pattern is expensive, if it's a multisize where I want to preserver the other sizes (such as children's garments), or if I made it and feel like I need a "backup" copy because the first one is wearing out.

So pretty much most of the time

I'm getting a lot faster at it now, though.

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