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Tracings Volume #2
PatternReview.com - Tracings Vol. #2
Tracings #Vol 2
|Before I begin, I want to thank you for taking the time to send in your feedback on the first issue of Tracings. I was really pleased to see such a positive response to Tracings and hope that you'll like Volume 2 as well.
In my travels when I get to meet our wonderful designers, one of the things I often ask them is what they sew for fun. And needless to say, a very interesting conversation flows from that. So I asked some of them to share their fun sewing projects with you. We're starting with Kathleen Cheetham in this issue in which she talks about her project from last summer - sewing costumes for children!
And because summer will almost be here before you know it, I decided to hand pick some of the top reviewed swimwear patterns for you. There's a style in there for you. And if you've never sewn swimwear before, this is the year!
We all know that before we even crank that sewing machine, a lot of pattern prep is required. So in this issue, we're going to take a look at some of the pattern tracing materials. What is your favorite?
My favorite part of this newsletter is talking about new Patterns. Didn't we already establish that I am a pattern-o-holic? There is no shame in admitting that. So let me show you the new Simplicity and new Kwik Sew patterns which just came in.
And last but not the least, we're having a MEGA SALE! And you're the first ones to know.
Did you like this issue? What else would you like to see? I'd love to hear from you. Write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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|Pattern Prep - Tracing Patterns|
Tracing patterns, you say. There's only one material to use for this, right? Not on PatternReview!
We found many suggestions from PR members for the materials we can use to trace patterns. Here's a partial list:
- Plastic sheeting
- Kitchen wax paper
- Soil separation paper
- Gridded drafting paper
- Sign-maker's bond paper
- Lunch wrap paper
- Dressmaker's carbon and newsprint
- Row cover paper
- Silk paper
- Swedish tracing paper
- Tissue paper used in gift wrapping
- Grease-proof sandwich paper
- Septic liner paper
- Butcher paper
- Freezer paper
- Gift wrap paper
- Alphanumeric paper
Check out the tips and discussions at these links!
- Medical exam table paper
- Poster board
- Plastic table cloths
- Non-fusible interfacing
- Art tracing paper
- Wedding aisle runner paper
- White plastic garbage bags
- Landscaping fabric
Designer Feature: Kathleen Cheetham
|From Las Vegas Runway to Salmon Hatchery
Kathleen Cheetham wearing Petite Plus Patterns #250 Swing Coat shown here backstage at the 2010 International Textiles Expo in Las Vegas
is known for her fit expertise
and for producing Petite Plus Patterns
, a line of patterns designed
especially to fit full-figured petites from size 12-24. She teaches
classes on fitting, tailoring and design and has worked on film sets, in
the factory and in ready to wear.
What does Kathleen work on when she's looking for a change?
Last summer, Kathleen was contracted to create children's costumes for
the Quatse Salmon Stewardship Center in Port Hardy BC. This beautiful center includes an interpretive area, a salmon hatchery and an
educational facility. The
center plays an important role in the
Fisheries and Oceans' Salmonids in the Classroom
participate in egg takes during September and October. The centre
incubates and raises the eggs to an eyed stage, after which the young
growing fish are raised in aquaria for several months before being
released to their home stream in the spring.
The program director
planned to enhance the educational component of the center by
incorporating a special story and skit component to the curriculum for 3
to 10 year-olds.
She believes there's a lot to be learned by
the life of an animal and asked for costumes. It was required that
the costumes be cartoon-like with exaggerated anatomical details. The
costumes had to be sturdy enough for active little boys, washable,
non-toxic, comfortable, and quick and easy to put on any size of child.
After poring through books and photos, visiting web sites and aquarium
to collect information, Kathleen proposed depicting the life cycle of
coho salmon. She decided to use appliqué and attach the fish
characteristics to a basic hooded vest. With open sides, this garment
could easily be popped over the head and
worn by different sized
Here's her account of the project...Read the rest of the article
Our Biggest Pattern Sale Ever - upto 25% off
Sizes 8 - 24
List Price $16.95
FoPR Price: $12.71
crisscross design with the side tie or buckle looks
great for many and is easy to dress up or down.
Sleeve variations and
lengths that go from tunic to full-length dress make this a very
waist pant takes you from
casual to yoga without having to worry about a wardrobe change. This
will work with a variety of stretch knits: cotton interlock, jersey,
matte jersey, lightweight double-knits, stretch velvet, two-way stretch,
and novelty knit fabrics.
Simplicity 2364 Misses Knit Tops with one
shoulder or sleeve variations
Sizes 6 through 22
FoPR Price: $11.96
Can you ever have too many knit tops? I
can't! They offer such comfortable style and can be sewn up in a quick
This knit top design is versatile with
all the different
shoulder and sleeve variations that you can choose from. Your choice of
fabric determines how casual or dressy these great tops will become. Jersey, matte jersey, stretch velvet, two-way stretch, novelty knit fabrics and stretch lace are all great choices.
Kwik Sew 3792
List Price $11.99Isn't it high time you sewed a little something for the guy in your life? These loose-fitting shirts have short sleeves, forward shoulder seams, collar
with stand in one, and side hemline slits. No collar stand and no cuffs make this a very quick shirt to sew up. View A has breast pocket but view B has fronts and front sleeves made from contrast fabric. This is one you can have a little fun with! Designed for lightweight woven fabrics.
Suggested fabrics: cotton, cotton types, linen, broadcloth, chambray, challis, silk, rayon and blends.
Kwik Sew 3790
FoPR Price: $8.62
You know we're suckers here at PatternReview for a knit top! These close fitting tops have asymmetrical front neckline finished with facings, front shoulder inset with gathers, and gathers on left front.. View A has
cap sleeves and armholes finished with self fabric bindings. View B has dropped shoulders and full length sleeves. Designed for stretch knits only with 25% stretch across the grain. Suggested fabrics: jersey, matte jersey, interlock.
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Kwik Sew 3783
FoPR Price: $8.62
These dressy summer dresses have fitted bodice with princess seams for a flattering fit. They include a band at top edge, shoulder straps, center back zipper closure, and
topstitching detail. View A has a three tiered ruffle skirt and view B has a straight skirt with more princess seams and topband and shoulder straps are made from contrast fabric. Designed for woven fabrics.
Suggested fabrics: cotton, linen, taffeta, satin, crepe,
shantung, silk, jacquard.
|Kwik Sew 3330
Misses Swimsuits and Wraps
List Price: $10.99FoPR Price: $8.24 |
Kwik Sew 2962
List Price: $10.99
FoPR Price: $8.24
List Price: $12.75FoPR Price: $9.56
Kwik Sew 2868
Misses' Tankini Swimsuit
List Price: $10.99FoPR Price: $8.24
Swimsuits and Sarong
List Price: $16.95FoPR Price: $12.71
Kwik Sew 3779
List Price: $11.49FoPR Price: $8.62