- Your pattern magazine - including the pattern sheets
- A Sharpie or other type of permanent marker
- Clear plastic wrap (something like these cello roles)
|Here you can see my patterns, Sharpie and plastic wrap.|
My typical tracing method is to tape my pattern sheet to a large window and simply place butcher paper over and begin to trace my patterns. In this situation such a method will not work. The pattern lines are quite faded from time and there is a lot more activity on these sheets than with a modern pattern. What's this, you may not believe me? Well here is a visual for you:
|Spools of thread are included for size reference and a bit of color.|
You can see that there really is a lot going on in these patterns.
My next moment of sheer genius came when a coworker was cleaning out the supply cabinet at work and offered to let us take anything she was clearing out. To my luck, I found two rolls of clear plastic wrap and thought that it would be perfect for tracing my patterns (especially since butcher paper was not doing the trick). Because the plastic doesn't take well to a pencil or any ink that smears easily, I tried using a Sharpie - and it worked perfectly.
|Aside from the giant flash, you can see that it is really easy to see the pattern through the paper.|
Cute paper dress-form courtesy of a darling friend.
|Here is a glance at some of the pieces and the descriptions|
|For my pattern I will need pieces 36, 37, 38, 39 - |
plus a few more that got cut off when I took the picture.
Here you can see the 39 which represents one of the pattern pieces that I need to trace. The slightly wavy line to the left of it is the line that I need to follow to trace the piece.
It is helpful to refer back to the tiny images on the right panel to help you see the shape you are looking for. From the photo below you can see that piece 39 is shaped slightly rectangular (geometry experts, please do not point out my faults with this explanation - it is a rough description). These little images also contain some other important information. You can see that the right side of piece 39 is a dotted line, this means that it will be placed on the fold. It also means that you will see a dotted line when you are tracing the pattern.
|Take note of all the small markings they are all used in the construction of your garment, |
and are just like markings on modern patterns (more scarce of course).
Sorry for the shadow, sun still sets early . . .
When you are done tracing and cutting one piece you might have something like this:
|This is piece 36, you can see near the pile of thread spools that I have also drawn |
in a dart. It was traced from the pattern, but I knew to look for it because it was shown
on the pattern key in the right panel of the pattern sheet.
Do you have any specific questions about using these kinds of pattern magazines? I don't consider myself an expert by any means, but I am pretty excited about the progress that I am making!
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