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Tracings Volume #2 - Tracings Vol. #2

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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  issu
e, 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
Happy Tracing!

In Volume #2
CG Garment Designs
Tracing Patterns
Kathleen Cheetham
Our Biggest Pattern Sale Ever
New Simplicity Patterns
New Kwik Sew Patterns
More Swimsuits

New Collections

Kwik Sew
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July 24-28th at the DoubleTree hotel.
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This 5-day class explores the elements of design in relation to Fashion, clothing and building a wardrobe. No prior sewing, design or drawing knowledge is required

Followed by an optional Exploring Design and Fabrication with Sarah in the NYC Garment District 8/2/10.  Continue your exploration of fabrication and design using the ensembles created in class.

Pattern Prep - Tracing Patterns
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:

Kwik Trace
  • 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
  • Craft paper

  • 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
Check out the tips and discussions at these links!

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
Kathleen Cheetham

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Kathleen Cheetham 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 program. Students 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 acting out 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 children.

Here's her account of the project...

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  Our Biggest Pattern Sale Ever - upto 25% off

From now through May 20th all Friends of PR members get25% off on select patterns shipped from PatternReview. All Free members get 15% off. Oh, and don't forget free shipping on pattern orders of $25 or more!

How does the discount apply?
Automatically! If you're logged in and you are a Friends of PR member, you should see the discounted prices on all the Pattern Pages and the shopping cart.

The following patterns are 25% off for FoPR from now through May 20th.



Read all the sale details.

New Simplicity Patterns
newsimpSimplicity 2369
Sizes 8 - 24

Simplicity 2369 Misses' Dress & Separates

List Price $16.95
FoPR Price: $12.71

Simplicity 2369 Misses' Dress & Separates

This 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 versatile pattern.  The
coordinating elastic waist pant takes you from business casual to yoga without having to worry about a wardrobe change.  This pattern 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's newest designed are hot off the presses and ready to ship!  Check out these fresh new looks for summer. 

Two that really caught my  eye are Simplicity 2369 and Simplicity 2364.

Don't forget that Simplicity Patterns are on sale!

From now through May 20th, all Friends of PR25% offfree shipping on pattern orders of $25 or more! members get on Simplicity and other  select patterns shipped from PatternReview. All Free members get 15% off.  Oh, and don't forget

Check out all the new Simplicity patterns here!

Simplicity 2364
 Misses Knit Tops with one shoulder or sleeve variations 
Sizes 6 through 22

Simplicity 2364 Misses' Knit Tops

 List Price: $15.95
FoPR Price: $11.96

Simplicity 2364 Misses' Knit Tops

Can you ever have too many knit tops?  I know I can't!  They offer such comfortable style and can be sewn up in a quick afternoon. 

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.

New Kwik Sew Patterns
Kwik Sew 3792

Kwik Sew 3792 Shirts

List Price $11.99
FoPR Price: $8.99

Kwik Sew 3792 Shirts

Isn'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
 Asymmetric Tops

Kwik Sew 3790 Asymmetric Tops

 List Price: $11.49
FoPR Price: $8.62

Kwik Sew 3790 Asymmetric Tops

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.

Don't forget that
Kwik Sew Patterns are on sale!

Check out all the new Kwik Sew patterns here!

Kwik Sew 3783

Kwik Sew 3783 Dresses

 List Price: $15.95
FoPR Price: $8.62

Kwik Sew 3783 Dresses

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.

swimwearKwik Sew 3330
Misses Swimsuits and Wraps

Kwik Sew 3330 Misses Swimsuits and wraps

List Price: $10.99
FoPR Price: $8.24

Misses Swimsuits and wraps

Kwik Sew 2962
Misses Swimsuit

Kwik Sew 2962 Misses Swimsuit
List Price: $10.99
FoPR Price: $8.24

Kwik Sew 2962 Misses Swimsuit

Jalie 2317
Bathing Suits
Jalie 2317 Choice of bathing suits
List Price: $12.75
FoPR Price: $9.56

Jalie 2317 Choice of bathing suits

More Swimsuits
Kwik Sew 2868
Misses' Tankini Swimsuit

Kwik Sew 2868 Misses' Tankini Swimsuit

List Price: $10.99
FoPR Price: $8.24

Kwik Sew 2868 Misses' Tankini Swimsuit

McCall's 4848
Swimsuits and Sarong


List Price: $16.95
FoPR Price: $12.71

McCall's 4848 Swwimsuits and Sarong

Kwik Sew 3779
Shirred Swimsuits

Kwik Sew 3779 Shirred Swimsuits

List Price:
FoPR Price: $8.62

Kwik Sew 3779 Shirred Swimsuits

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