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ZingSweetPea Sat 07-Dec-13 08:54:32

wow, lots of answers, thank you!

I'll look into the tracing papers, sounds like the best route - as I want to use the transferred and then cut out pattern several times.

thank you all for replies!

IDontDoIroning Sat 07-Dec-13 08:19:46

Lidl do a pattern tracing kit which comes out several times a year with their sewing special offers.
In the absence of this you can get special pattern paper on line eg ebay amazon John Lewis etc. if you want to trace it you need to get the finer paper that you can see through. You can do it with grease proof baking paper but it curls due to being rolled up and it's often not wide enough so you have to join it but it's quite durable.
I have done this and it's a good idea especially if you are going to make the garment in several sizes. It also prolongs the life of the original pattern as you don't get the pin holes etc. patterns are quite expensive and it makes sense to get as many uses out of it as possible.
Remember to transfer all the markings, size and piece no etc.

RavenRose Sat 07-Dec-13 07:46:48

Tracing wheels and dressmakers carbon paper. You can buy these and sheets of pattern tissue in most haberdashery shops. You could also use squared pattern paper. Place the pattern on top, carbon underneath with the ink facing down then whatever paper you are using underneath. With carbon paper you can also use a blunt pencil or ds stylus. As the lines can be faint then go over with a pen.

Also, if you copy lot if patterns, the rolls of paper used to cover examination tables or banqueting tables are good and much cheaper. With patterns I use a lot I also copy onto poster paper from staples as its so hard wearing and use pattern weights instead of pins when cutting


harbinger Fri 06-Dec-13 19:26:26

Be careful with a multi pattern, check and double check if seam allowances are included within the lines. (I know to my cost blush).

I'm not sure if it's the right thing to use but you can get pricky wheels to help with tracing. Though I think they are normally used for darts.

Moreisnnogedag Thu 05-Dec-13 17:54:42

You can buy pattern paper which is see through, otherwise use baking paper which you tape together.

Livinginlimbo2 Thu 05-Dec-13 17:54:30

OK ex seamstress to your rescue. Lay pattern over cloth and poke holes every few cm's on correct size on pattern. Daub /mark holes with tailors chalk pen. Remove pattern sheet and join up dots with tailors chalk pen ( available from haberdashers, I use local market) Cut around and hey presto.

MrsHoratioNelson Thu 05-Dec-13 17:51:28

Eek. I'm not sure how successful that would be. Maybe newspaper so its big enough? You'd need a broadsheet. Or take it to a copy shop and get them to copy it?

ZingSweetPea Thu 05-Dec-13 17:49:35

I'm making a hooded cape for DD - what do I trace the pattern onto?
I don't want to cut up the multi pattern sheets as I want to be able to make the bigger size in a few years time.

so I need help - what do you use?
how do you do it so it's an accurate copy?
any other tips?

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