I posted this photo on Flickr yesterday and while doing it thought I should blog about this. I really don't like to trace patterns. I am the type of sewer that wants to jump right in, skipping this vital step. Also, taping a bunch of 8.5 x 11" sheets of copy paper together is a pain in the rear and tissue paper tears so easily. I've tried freezer paper too, but I find it kind of stiff at times. But, after a few cut pattern fiascoes and those crazy overlaid patterns in Japanese craft books, I am beginning to realize that I should just trace every pattern I sew before I cut. I think I have found a great solution.
Enter exam table paper. You know, like at the doctor's office. It comes on a large roll and is a bit heavier than tissue paper, but still see through. This is what I have been using to trace patterns for about a year now. This is the only roll I have ever bought - I got mine at the local store that went out of business, but you can buy them at medical supply stores too. There is still a ton left on the roll so I imagine that I will be using it for a long time to come. Big bonus too is that it doesn't take up much storage space and the ends don't curl up so much when you roll it out. I generally use pencil or pen, but fine tip felt tip markers work great too - they just glide down the paper. So there you go: my tip for the day.
And can I just say how completely blown away I am at the number of comments on yesterday's book post? Wow. I guess I shouldn't be surprised. Who doesn't like free stuff? If you want your chance at winning a copy, comment on yesterday's post. Comments here won't count and I am cutting them off at 12:00 a.m. EST (New York) Saturday morning, the 13th.
I hope you all enjoy the weekend. I'm looking forward to some quality time with my sewing machine. What do you have planned?