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tracing paper , where ohh where can I ?

cruzaad | Posted in General Sewing Info on

Hello and bonjour

My English is not to the point , but , be sure, I do what I can.
Living in France for years with Dutch roots; that is an other history.

My question is:
Where can I buy Tracing paper? ( see the red tracing paper Threads N° 135 march 2008)
Here in the Paris region , nothing. In the Netherlands not longer known…
My mother, who was a very good sewer,( I am a weaver) used untill the end of the years 1970 red, yellow and white ones, from Burda.

I will be delighted if there will be some person who can help me to find it.

With kind regards, Cruzaad

Edited 1/10/2008 10:57 am ET by cruzaad


  1. Elizard | | #1

    I just did a search for you on google. As my French isn't really the best, I'll just tell you what I searched for: papier calque pour patrons . It will probably be easiest to get it shipped from the internet, as supposed to buying it in a shop. (but I'm not sure, also check the shipping costs, because if it's not from France it may get slightly expensive )
    By the way, your English isn't bad :)

    Edited 1/10/2008 12:13 pm by Elizard

    1. cruzaad | | #3

      Chère Elizard,I thank you a lot for the so quick and nice response.
      I will search on their website and I will -with pleasure- inform you if it will working out.with kind regards, cruzaad.

  2. Tessmart | | #2

    I found good quality at http://www.Greenberg-hammer.com


    1. cruzaad | | #4

      Chère Tessmart,merci, merci, for your so quick answer. See also my response to Elizard, I have the impression that I have mixed your names.salut salut Cruzaad.

  3. Bionerd | | #5

    Hello-I just noticed this post and have a possible suggestion. I use Hewlett Packard tracing paper designed for industrial printers that print blueprints. It is kind of heavy but crystal clear and easy to trace your patterns onto. It comes in a 100yd roll and is 36" wide and is really inexpensive-I purchased an open box roll online for $17!  It is also available from stationary stores.  Most of the tracing paper designed for pattern use is either too small or too expensive for me.  Hope this is helpful to someone.  Good luck.

    1. cruzaad | | #6

      Bonjour sewing world ,I thank you so much for your help.
      Last week, I found it in a little "mercerie" at the french/belgian frontier , in the colours , white, red and yellow. ( = 3 sheds) from Burda. With kind regards

      1. Deeom | | #12

        I just found this thread and have my two cents to add.  Since the medical paper that is used to cover examining tables was mentioned, I can add that I use the paper that is left over when the newspaper is printed.  The newspaper is in two different widths, of course newpaper weight, blank and clean,  and it is free.  At least it is in my hometown.  I just go to where they print the newspaper and choose which roll of leftovers I want. 

    2. Vick | | #13

      Yes! So good to hear there is someone else doing the big industrial paper:) Your Lucky and I am too:) My D.H. dragged home a printer its about 4 ft. tall and 4 ft. long. They used it to print the drafts of buildings like hosiptals etc. Since they got one on color for the office,he brought this one home so I can connect it to my laptop and just print all the patterns I want on the very big paper.

      1. Bionerd | | #16

        Wow-very cool. I was wondering about  the downloadable patterns(which are probably the future), and can't imagine that printing onto 81/2 x 11 paper would be very efficient or accurate.   The tracing paper sold on sewing web sites is either too small or way too expensive and this is a great solution.  Unfortunately, my husband fixed the full size Xerox machine that is cluttering up the office where I sew so my "space" disappeared before it existed, but I will definately keep this in mind.  Thanks for the tip.

  4. cheerphil | | #7

    For tracing patters I have a big roll of that paper they use in doctors' offices to line patient examining tables. I don't know if you would be able to find that easily where you live, but any medical supply store should have it.

  5. melanie | | #8

    I wonder if there's not some confusion here because of the names you are using which are causing your difficulty in locating what you want.

    "Tracing paper" to me means the crisp crystal paper artists use with either pen or pencil allowing very fine detail of line. This is readily available in all art shops in pads of various sizes or by the yard and not expensive. However, when you mentioned colours I realised that what you meant was "carbon paper". Had you asked for that I think you would have been directed to an art or stationary store. Granted, they both trace, but in art work the first would be used to copy an image and then that image could be transferred to the final location by means of the carbon paper placed  between the tracing paper and the new paper or fabric.

    It has just occurred to me to look at my own stock and I see on the Burda envelope they have called it "Tracing carbon" - clever Burda!

    I hope the distinction I have described may help you in the future - good luck with your project.

    1. cruzaad | | #9

      Bonjour, sewing world For instant I trace old weave binding done during the middle of the 18 century. ( in a museum with dutch paintings from the 16th and 17th century. There are beautifull sleeves for men and women, and very nice finishing ideas on the outfit at that time. it there is a moment of a big creatif sewing lack...) But Melanie is right , there is tracing paper, carbon paper and tracing carbon paper.
      The tracingpaper from HP and the doctors paper is a very good idea, .
      The moment is not still there that I need that, but one of these days it will. greetings from the middle of the 18;centuryCruzaad

      1. Nurselady | | #10

        I use medical exam table paper to trace patterns.   As my screen name suggests, I have an "in" to get this material very cheaply.  However, I have checked on line and you can buy it from medical supply stores and even Staples.   You get it by the case which is 12 rolls at about 3- 4 dollars a roll.   It comes in varying widths.   Most of you would want the 21 inch rolls which have 75 yards of paper.  I use 18 inch because I work in peds and that is the size we use.   You want the smooth paper not the crepe.   Since it is meant to take pressure and some movement,  it holds up well.  I have also stuck stickers on it and colored it with markers to use as wrapping paper in a pinch.

      2. Vick | | #14

        Cruzaad, I'm also interested in the 18th century since my family and I re-inact that period. Could you tell me more about what your doing? What is the widest point of the sleeve? are there any adornments on it etc.


        Thank you, Victoria

  6. objector1 | | #11

    Try http://www.macybugs.com they have the best that I have found anyplace.  She will gladly ship worldwide.  The shipping may be a little more than for the US.  But she is very easy to work with.


  7. Vick | | #15

    My best suggestion on where to find the red tracing paper would be to go to a large stationary store, not one that barely carries anything other than Computers and office funiture. Go to one that still carries a large variety of real office supplies. If you can't find one of those look to a very large Art Supplie store.  Also, toward toe back of every Thread mag. is a list of sources for each artical. Even if you call the company listed and paid over the phone. You would have your product in just a few days through the mail.

    Also, My family is very intrested in the cosumes of the 18th century. I would like to hear more about what you are doing at the museum. If you would, Please reply privatly to me.

    1. cruzaad | | #17

      Hai, dag, bonjour , hi. and Vicky I have not the slightes idea how and were I can find your personal mail address . Carbon -and tracing paper gave everybody a lot of ideas. The outfits , sleeves from the sixteen, seventeen and eighteen centuries also.
      I am a weaver and in the meantime between the warp , the weft and sewing threads , I do research in the Dutch Frans Hals museum -filled up with paintings from the 16th and 17th century- about a textile manuscript dated from 1752/1754. which is filled up with little samples and some weave instructions. The goal is to explain how and why the fabrics were woven at that century. In 2009 the book will be ready.
      During the pause I studied the sleeves i, the collars , the figured fabrics on the paintings .
      The USA has very huge painting collections from Europe , covering the 16, 17, 18 century.
      Visited them, if possible, looking to the outfit details an other world will be opened. I am not ( yet ?) ####good sewer, but I do my best, in memory of my mother( I guess), she was a very good sewer. And because I adore surprising ideas in my outfits,( the sleeves taken in a bias N° 135 march 2008 , are nice and supple to wear, and easy to make, )
      To give you some fabric ideas which I saw on the paintings : there were , at regular distances wholes in the fabric - this trick was also used in weft velvets in the end of the 19 Th. century.
      I guess that the wet fabric was put on a board with points /nails, . dried and you have the holes in the fabric. The fabric is even not (almost not) damaged.
      An other possibility was to cut diagonal holes in the velvet or other fabrics ( button holes the under-sleeve of real supple silk in a nice color is tired across the cutting/button holes But because I am not a sewer, I have no idea of the dimensions of the sleeves.
      I have in my liberary the books of Max von Boehn "Die mode " .
      Mittelalter ( middel ages) , the 19. Jahrhundert 1790-1817. The ISBN N° was not still in use; printed in 1963 second edition , by F. Bruckman KG In München ( Germany) Printed by Poerschkke & Weiner in München. The 18th century is treated in the book Das Achtzehnte Jahrhubdert And there are 256 pages, 189 images and 16 color images.
      If you are lucky you can find them on Ebay.
      And I have for the inspiraration source the pattern lessons of my mother dated from the middle of 1930.
      She was also a sleeve fan. and a lot of them were inspired on the sleeves of the 16/17 century.salut salut cruzaad.

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