Today I traced a pattern for the first time ever.
It was time. I have bungled the cutting of my favorite pattern of late, Kwik Sew 3721. I’ve made the cardigan three times. Twice I intended to use view B, for a hip length cardigan. But I cut out one piece at three quarter length, view A, instead. This wastes a lot of fabric. So, I finally purchased a roll of craft paper (kind of pricey) and tried the pattern tracing method explained by Kim at Ubercrafter.
I began by laying out the paper on top of the pattern to get the length I needed, as shown above. Then I taped the two sheets together (24 in width), and flipped them over so I wouldn’t be drawing over tape.
Then I drew a line with sharpie across at the length for view B. It did not seep through. So perhaps I have a different type of sharpie or thicker paper than Kim. I marked on either side where the line should go. Then I traced all the way around the rest of the pattern, picked it up and used a straight edge to get the hemline.
Now I have the awkward many letter size sheets view A, and the two sheets of craft paper for view B. This should prevent me from wasting more fabric when I want the shorter length, so long as I choose the right set of pattern pieces.
- Use a straight edge as a guideline unless you have a very steady hand.
- Flip your paper so you aren’t drawing over tape. Then add more tape afterward, on top of your writing, if necessary.
- Clean your straight edge with rubbing alcohol afterward so that you won’t get any permanent ink on your fabric in the future.
- Label everything.