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From: lucyinthesky
Date: 12-25-2004, 04:25 PM (1 of 8)
my aunt wants me to make some dresses and tops for her six month old. she gave me a bunch of multisize patterns but would really like it if i didnt cut them so she could keep using them as the child grows. can someone tell me how to get the pattern size i need without cutting the paper? ive never done this before so if you could give me the steps of doing it and a list of any supplies i might need to buy. thanks a bunch.
User: lucyinthesky
Member since: 03-11-2004
Total posts: 19
From: MyGirlFriday
Date: 12-25-2004, 07:10 PM (2 of 8)
One of the other threads I read that this is when you would use tracing paper and one of those tracing wheels.

Hope that helps......maybe someone else will help you further.

mgf~ :bluewink:
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User: MyGirlFriday
Member since: 12-05-2004
Total posts: 288
From: BeckyW
Date: 12-25-2004, 08:11 PM (3 of 8)
I used to do that too all the time. The best method I found was to use plain white gift wrap type tissue paper. You should be able to get a good deal on some at those after Christmas sales. I would roughly cut out my pattern pieces and leave a border of tissue around them. Then I would tape them to my sliding glass door. A TV screen works well in the evenings as well. Baby pattern pieces are pretty small so the size of the screen is not a problem. Then I would tape a piece of tissue paper on top and trace using a pencil. I like using freezer paper that I buy in the grocery store if it is a pattern that I think I might use over and over in the same size. It is rather thick and strong. When I go the freezer paper route, I store the finished pattern pieces rolled in a paper towel tube.

Lately, when I do this I don't usually trace the whole pattern. I have gotten much lazier and crave a better way. Most of the time, I just pin on the multisize pattern and simply fold along the line that I am using and just be careful not to cut the pattern. This works well for the straight parts. For armholes or rounded areas, I might use the tracing paper method or simply lift the pattern up slightly and cut the fabric using small snips while following the line looking throught the tissue (I hope this makes sense).

I have become more lazy still. I live near a JoAnn's and a Hancocks. They routinely put the major brands of patterns on sale for $1.99 each. Many times during the year they are $0.99 each. If it is a pattern that I could get for that price, it is not worth my time to trace pattern pieces. I will just buy another if I need it. Honestly, I find with my own two kids that I don't have enough time to sew that I rarely make the same pattern more than once.
User: BeckyW
Member since: 12-25-2004
Total posts: 24
From: MyGirlFriday
Date: 12-25-2004, 09:35 PM (4 of 8)
All of those are super tips!! I will have to pick up some tissue paper in the sales this next week!!
I too look for all the sales and get my patterns really cheap too~

Thanks for sharing these awesome tips!

mgf~ :bluewink:
Blessings & Smiles

Frogs have it easy....they just eat what's buggin' them.
User: MyGirlFriday
Member since: 12-05-2004
Total posts: 288
From: Hogmami
Date: 12-25-2004, 09:55 PM (5 of 8)
You can also use freezer paper. Whats nice of this is you can iron on to your fabric and not have to pin. And you can reuse it several times.
User: Hogmami
Member since: 09-30-2004
Total posts: 800
From: smith972
Date: 12-25-2004, 11:33 PM (6 of 8)

I am like you...far too lazy to trace the pattern...i simply buy more than one if i need all the sizes...i then mark the outside of the envolope with what size is on the inside and for which child....

But since my 5 year old and 7 year old both wear the same size pattern for the unisex i dont have to mark thier names just the size that is cut

User: smith972
Member since: 09-10-2004
Total posts: 241
From: MartySews
Date: 12-26-2004, 09:37 PM (7 of 8)
One of the best things that I bought for my sewing room was pattern paper from It came in a 77yd roll for under $10. I'm not even half-way thru it and it's been 4 years since I purchased it. The paper stands neatly in the attic and I get it down when I need to trace off something. It's also great for testing an embroidery design. Happy Stitching!
Marty :wink:
It takes one moment to change a life.
User: MartySews
Member since: 02-23-2003
Total posts: 504
From: weezie
Date: 12-27-2004, 11:53 PM (8 of 8)
I too trace my multisized patterns either on the freezer paper or the medical paper that the doctors use on their exam tables.I keep them in the 9 by 12 brown office envelopes after with the original envelope stuck into a piece of syran wrap that I tape on front so I have all info later when I use that pattern again.Most of the childrens patterns are fairly basic styles and can be used many times over the years.I maybe a pennypincher but saving these pattern tracings gives me more money for fabrics.Also I am not a matching size top and bottom on my own clothing so tracing allows me to match my size 16 top with my 12 bottom when I want to make myself a dress rather than always making skirts and blouses. Weezie
User: weezie
Member since: 01-01-2002
Total posts: 34
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