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From: MotherInLaw
Date: 01-29-2007, 01:25 AM (1 of 5)
I have several patterns that I use to make the DGD's dresses. I had to use different sizes to make them since one is in a size 2 and the other is still in the size 1.
When we were in Bastrop I had to get some newspaper to wrap my dishes in after the hurricane so I went to the newspaper office to buy old newspaper to wrap my glass in and they gave me the end cuts of the newspaper. It is rolls of unprinted newspaper that is about 30" wide and the roll is very thick. I got about 6 rolls of this and kept the left over for making my patterns so I didn't have to cut them. Yesterday I pulled out one of the rolls and placed my pattern pieces on top of a little piece I tore off and traced the pattern onto the paper and it works out very good. I just thought I'd pass this hint on to the rest of you. The man there gave me the paper but I hear you can buy the end cuts really cheap. Cheaper than you can buy tissue and it's sturdier than tissue.
I'm regressing back into my youth, I just have to figure out how I'm going to convience my body to come along with me.
User: MotherInLaw
Member since: 06-25-2005
Total posts: 1118
From: temom
Date: 01-29-2007, 11:40 AM (2 of 5)
I'll have to give this a try. I've tried gift wrap, tissue paper, and writing paper. So far there is nothing that I really like, although the gift wrap is the best so far.
User: temom
Member since: 01-19-2007
Total posts: 410
From: MotherInLaw
Date: 01-29-2007, 08:32 PM (3 of 5)
I like this because I place the pattern piece over the newspaper piece and pin it down. Then I take a sharpie that is fine line and just trace the line of the pattern I want to use and if I take my time the sharpie goes right through the pattern paper and you can see it on the newspaper. it went really fast doing this and then I marked on the newspaper what size, pattern piece and so on so forth and now I have the two sizes without cutting my orginal pattern.
I'm regressing back into my youth, I just have to figure out how I'm going to convience my body to come along with me.
User: MotherInLaw
Member since: 06-25-2005
Total posts: 1118
From: beachgirl
Date: 01-29-2007, 11:27 PM (4 of 5)
I use the medical paper. You can see through it enough to trace. I'd been getting the end rolls from the doc but now that source is gone. Our newspaper office used to give the end rolls free but they sell them now. I'll have to check to see how much. That is great for lots of different things. How about making pin dots on the patterns if your paper your using is too thick to see through & then use the marker to go over the pattern. Wouldn't that leave dots to join on the under sheet ? That just popped in the ole brain. I'll have to see if that works also. Think I'd use a hat or corsage ( sp ) pin though. Bigger hole. Colored powdered chalk would work. That works on quilts to mark patterns.
User: beachgirl
Member since: 08-31-2004
Total posts: 615
From: CaboBill
Date: 01-30-2007, 02:42 PM (5 of 5)
I use poster board for my shirt patterns. I find i tto be more durable than anything else out there. Sure it's a little more bulky, but the edges are more durable for tracing. A little off topic, but what do you use for tracing? i.e. chalk, colored pencil, etc.
Cabo Loco- "Paradise is closer than you think."
User: CaboBill
Member since: 06-29-2006
Total posts: 16
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