Today I wanted to show you two ways to trace off a sewing pattern. Both methods work for tracing off patterns that come nested on one big sheet of paper and those that come in an envelope too. If you are asking why you would want to trace off an envelope pattern, rather than just cutting out your size, I would say that choice is up to you. If you feel that its a pattern you'll keep in your stash forever and want to wear again when you're 40 but at the moment, you're 25, trace it because its almost guaranteed that you're body will change as you age putting you in a different size bracket. If not, don't trace it and just cut your pattern size from the tissue. Ok? Ok.
I've tried many methods for tracing off a pattern, so as one who is always looking for the latest and greatest in pattern tracing technology (ha ha!) I'll show you my two favorites. First, let's start with the less expensive. To trace in this manner you'll need three elements:
- Paper - I prefer medical exam paper! Very Very easy to see through, write on and tape up
- Ruler - those 2" x 18" gridded rulers are the bomb!
Method #2 - Sunni's favorite method of all time!
This is the best, easiest, coolest method on the face of the planet, for tracing off a pattern! If you're in it to win it, and save yourself a butt-load of precious time (because who has that in abundance these days), you need the following:
- Paper - again, my favorite is medical exam paper, but for this method any paper will really do ya.
- Waxed Tracing Paper - this stuff is fabulous, amazing, the best thing since sliced bread and anything else you can possibly imagine.
- Double Tracing Wheel - this is a FREAKING GODSEND when it comes to those Burda magazine patterns that need a seam allowance because this little doodad will trace off and add the seam allowance in one. fell. swoop. You can also use a regular old tracing wheel too, so no pressure or anything.
If you're newer to tracing off sewing patterns, I truly hope this little tutorial has helped give you a few options to think about. There's always more than one way to skin a cat, and knowing that is half the battle. So there you go. My two favorite ways to skin a cat, I mean trace off a sewing pattern. In addition, because I feel SOOOOOOO passionately about this subject, I made my first ever video. I hope you like it. It will give you a quick and dirty action packed run down of what I'm talking about here.
How to Trace off Sewing Patterns from Sunni Standing on Vimeo.
Don't use either of the methods above? How do you trace off a pattern?