December 27, 2018

I'm A Tracer...

...and a Indie Pattern lover too.  Indies are usually not available at $1.99 or even $4.99 as we all know, so I feel the need to trace those that I do purchase.  To facilitate preservation of my precious Indie patterns I started using Swedish Tracing paper years ago after I found out about it.  I love the feel and transparency of the Swedish paper and it can also be stitched up to use as muslins, although I never used it for that purpose, it is an excellent tracing paper.  I usually purchase a small stock of it once a year, but it tends to be quite pricey.

Recently Carol of Carol's Sewing Corner Facebook Group tipped me off about using gift wrapping tissue instead.   The sheets are 19.7" x 26", so two sheets taped together is more than long enough to trace off a pants leg for instance at a fraction of the cost of the Swedish paper (I always had to end up taping the Swedish paper as well). I purchased a 100 sheet package to give it a try.  As you know, gift wrapping supplies are half-priced every where for after Christmas sales which makes the savings even more attractive.  I didn't want to brave Walmart today so I just grabbed a package at the drug store.



Although not as strong, the tissue paper worked very well today...

12 comments:

  1. Well look at that! That's such a good idea!

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  2. Great idea. I normally buy the Burda tissue paper but it is fairly expensive.

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  3. Great tip! I use the velum paper but it's pricey too. I plan on trying tissue paper next time.

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  4. Wonderful tip. Thank you.

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  5. Hi Faye! I normally don't trace patterns, but I do use tissue paper when I re-draft patterns. Most are thick enough to use and are very similar to the tissue patterns are printed on, but I have come across some that were too thin to use, and those I just put aside to use for gifts. Tissue paper is a great alternative to expensive tracing paper.

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  6. I bought a huge roll of medical paper (you know the stuff that sticks to your butt when you lay on the doctor's exam table). You can buy it on Amazon for cheap and it is wide enough to do a great job as well. Just cut of the lenghth you need. I also use Crayola washable kids markers to trace, as they come in lots of colours and the oops can wash off. Happy sewing
    Barb

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  7. I use that medical tracing paper from Amazon as well. I bought a roll last year and still have lots left. I think it was $7-8? Pretty worth it. I also always trace. I want the option to use the pattern for other people/sizes. Happy sewing!

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  8. I don't trace very often but I use the tissue paper when I do. It's not perfect, you do have to tape it, but it does the job.

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  9. Thanks Ms Faye!! I use it for pattern alterations, tracing and drafting as well!!

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  10. I buy rolls of medical paper from Amazon, too. It's strong, and it lasts, although it can be hard to see through if the pattern is complex. Still, it lasts through many uses of the pattern. Especially with children's patterns, I want to be able to use it through different sizes, and you know how fast the little ones grow!

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  11. This is a great idea! I always trace my patterns too.

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  12. I almost always trace my patterns as well. I used to use brown wrapping paper - thick and durable , but not practical for fitting! Then I bought a bolt of Pellon 830 Easy Pattern and I love it! I paid $15 for a 10-yard bolt with a coupon and free shipping on joann.com. Ordered my second bolt the other day!

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