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From: Addicted2Sewing
Date: 04-17-2007, 11:12 AM (1 of 8)
I am wondering how to trace plus size patterns. I have been using parchment paper for childrens patterns. I tried using it to trace an adult large pattern and it doesn't fit. Am I supposed to just tape the paper together??? I have been requested to make a size 3x pajama pants and have no clue how to trace the darn pattern lol. Someone please be kind enough and without laughing, help me with this slight problem lol.
User: Addicted2Sewing
Member since: 02-01-2007
Total posts: 133
From: Pudge99
Date: 04-17-2007, 11:33 AM (2 of 8)
Yep just tape the pieces together. The other option to tracing if you are using a tissue pattern is to cut out the pattern on the outermost lines and then just fold back to the size you want to sew. I am doing this right now on a 26W pattern. If there are curves you just clip into them as you would the fabric.
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User: Pudge99
Member since: 10-30-2001
Total posts: 1375
From: sewingrandma
Date: 04-17-2007, 11:57 AM (3 of 8)
I've never used this but have seen it in the hardware store, and have read where many use it for tracing patterns. The fabric is wide, I'd say greater than 100", lightweight and transparent enough to trace on. If I remember correctly it is used to cover sewer (not as in sewist) lines. Maybe someone else would know more about it.
User: sewingrandma
Member since: 03-06-2003
Total posts: 432
From: missmarple
Date: 04-17-2007, 04:42 PM (4 of 8)
I think it is called Soil Separator Cloth and I bought mine at Lowes ( Home Depot handles it also) It comes in a large roll and I think it cost around $25.00 but to me it was well worth it as I've had this roll for over a year now
and it will probably last me for a couple more.
User: missmarple
Member since: 04-13-2007
Total posts: 18
From: paroper
Date: 04-17-2007, 09:59 PM (5 of 8)
For years I used the medical paper used on the tables in doctors' offices. My sistger was her husband's office manager so I could buy it from them. Then she died. I have found that Clotilde and Nancy's Notions both handle this paper or something identical. It is 22 inches wide and 77 yards long. Sometimes it goes on sale for around $5 a roll. On a bad day it can run up to about $7.50 a roll or so...but it lasts me about 3-4 years, even when I was sewing professionally. It is easy to see thorough and it is light weight and folds to nearly nothing. I'm able to put my pieces in the envelopes with the patterns. Just search for pattern paper on these two sites and you should be able to see who has the best current rate.

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User: paroper
Member since: 02-03-2004
Total posts: 3775
From: jessie s
Date: 04-18-2007, 06:05 PM (6 of 8)
I used to make stuffed animals. Once I had to make a large pattern but didn't have paper large enough. So took sheets of waxed paper and taped it together then made my pattern. Find waxed paper great for regular patterns that are wearing out. jessie s
User: jessie s
Member since: 02-26-2007
Total posts: 46
From: grandma C
Date: 04-18-2007, 11:31 PM (7 of 8)
I just use white tissue wrapping paper. It is easier than taping together a pattern I print out on 8 1/2 x 11printer paper. I am not sure what it costs as it is left over from Christmas wrapping. I am using quick sew master patterns for some of the sewing I do and sometimes I procriastinate because I have to trace the pattern,

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User: grandma C
Member since: 01-15-2007
Total posts: 263
From: Addicted2Sewing
Date: 04-19-2007, 09:10 AM (8 of 8)
Thanks for all the tips. It is greatly appreciated.
User: Addicted2Sewing
Member since: 02-01-2007
Total posts: 133
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