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eksinger | Posted in Teach Yourself To Sew on

I am sewing garments for my grandchildren and am very new to this.  If i buy a pattern, I do not want to cut off the larger sizes as I may want to use the pattern again as they grow.  How do you keep a pattern in tact and still sew the smaller sizes.  Thank you

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  1. marymary | | #1

    If I think I want to preserve a pattern, I trace off the pieces I want to use.  I do this by tacking the pattern and tracing paper to a foam core board.  Most office supply places have foam core.  I buy the largest size available.  They last for years even with lots of pin holes.  I use a fine sharpie in one color.  Then, if I have to make alterations to the pattern, I use a different color.   That is just to help me keep track of what I have done for the next time I might want to use the pattern.  You can buy rolls of paper that can be used for the tracings.  It doesn't have to be paper that is specific for "tracing".  You just have to be able to see through it.  I even have a roll of meat packing paper that I use sometimes, although it is thicker than most.  I often find rolls of paper in thrift stores.

  2. KharminJ | | #2

    Welcome EK!

    I second everything Mary said about tracing your patterns! Also, don't forget to include the grain line, and extend it out to the edges of the pattern piece. This makes any alterations you may want or need to do easier to measure from a fixed point, and helps with pattern matching on the fabric, too.

    A couple of (less expensive and maybe easier to find) alternatives to foamcore and tracing paper: pink or blue insulation board from the lumber-and-hardware store, and cheap plastic table cloths - preferably in white. These can be found everywhere from the grocery to the dollar- or party-store.

    Have fun sewing for your family, and feel free to ask even the most 'basic' questions here!

    Bright Blessings - Kharmin

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