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Date: 1/23/12 2:08 PM

Hello,
I have 2 questions. I have a pattern and I need to cut out the 12 months size but would like to be able to use the 18 months and 2 years sizes at a later date. What are my options?
Also what is a tracing wheel used for?
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Date: 1/23/12 2:14 PM

What most people do is trace the pattern in the size they need now leaving the pattern in tact for the next size needed. If this is a pattern you can buy on sale for $1.99 or even$0.99 on sale regularly, you can also just buy the larger sizes for later when there is a dal and cut from the pattern.

tracing wheel. You can buy a waxy tracing paper to use with your tracing wheel. The face side/color side of the paper is placed facing the inside/wrong side of the fabric. You put your pattern in place with the tracing paper in between and use the tracing wheel to mark things like notches, circles pattern pieces join up, darts, the length of an area for gathering, etc. Use a tracing paper color light enough not to show through to the right side, but dark enough for you to see.

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Date: 1/23/12 2:17 PM

Thank you for your reply!
Is there special paper I would use to trace the pattern?

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Date: 1/23/12 2:20 PM

Hello! I'm a beginning sewer and sewing was much much harder before I plunked $11 into Swedish Tracing Paper. It changed my sewing and saves my patterns. I trace the size I'm sewing (with a fine tip sharpie) and then the original pattern is available if you want to change sizes. You can see through it easily, iron it, fold it, even baste it together to see if you're headed in the right direction as far as size is concerned. It is very durable so you can used it over and over if you like what you've made. I have my yoga pants traced into this and I've made 3 pairs without worrying that the paper is going to tear. A few times my rotary cutter has sliced off an edge but I don't worry since it's not the original!
I got mine here at Near Sea Naturals and found their shipping much faster than what they promise on the site. I bought some organic material from them, too, for burp clothes for my son. They were very helpful with recommending the right fabric.

Hope that helps.
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Date: 1/23/12 2:21 PM

There are two different camps on this issue. One side never cuts their patterns. They copy the pattern onto some kind of paper. Then there is the other camp. They always cut out their patterns. If they need more than one size they buy another pattern...waiting for the 99 cent sales.

A tracing wheel is used to transfer marks (darts, buttonhole and pocket placement as a few examples) from the pattern to the fabric using a special paper that has chalk on it. Some people use the tracing wheel when copying their patterns. They lay some kind of see thru paper over the pattern and use the wheel to mark around the pattern shapes.

I am in the cut the pattern camp but have been know to do some copying.

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Date: 1/23/12 2:31 PM

I see. Thank you!
What is a rotary cutter? Do you use those with those "self healing" mats?
Do people use those to cut out patterns too?
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Date: 1/23/12 2:31 PM

I'm in both camps, depends on the situation for me :)

I've found the easiest way to trace is to buy tracing paper on large rolls. You can usually find it in office or art supply stores, or order on line (it's not expensive). I lay tracing paper over the pattern and trace in colored pencil. Sometimes I use a different color to mark seam lines or alterations. (A variation of this method using regular paper -- If you have a large window, you can tape your pattern to the window, tape up regular paper, and trace. It can be a quick solution if you don't have tracing paper handy.)

Another way to trace is to lay out large pieces of regular paper, either from a roll or taped together. Then I lay out several pieces of carbon copy paper (this is what we old fogies used when we had typewriters!) - you can get this also from an office supply. Then I lay out the pattern on top, tape it down so it doesn't shift, and use a tracing wheel or mechanical pencil without the lead and trace over the lines.

There are several threads here about various ways of doing this, but these are the two methods I use most often. HTH.

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Date: 1/23/12 2:54 PM

What I have done previously is cut out the biggest size pattern and then fold -if possible- to the desired size. If I can't fold it then I trace it onto another sheet of tissue paper.

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Date: 1/23/12 3:06 PM

Cheep tracing material: go to the dollar store and buy a clear plastic tablecloth cover! Mark with Sharpie.

They're crystal clear, which makes it a dream to position your pattern piece on the printed fabric (um, so that you don't cut the blouse out with a circle over each breast...)

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Date: 1/23/12 3:15 PM

or use plastic drop cloths from the paint dept. One roll will last and last and last.....

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