Using Patterntrace to pattern hack or make toiles

  [responsive][/responsive] So, I am getting much more confident with my dressmaking, so much so that I am delving into the world of pattern hacking.  Well when I say pattern hacking I mean adjusting the neckline on a pattern.  But it’s a start and its definitely getting my creative juices going.   Ruffle Sleeve Top Let me explain in more detail. The Ruffle Sleeve Top, designed by In The Folds and available as a free download from peppermintmagazine.com is a favourite pattern of mine.  I originally made this blouse last year using my Nana’s old curtains.  [responsive][/responsive] Always one…

Tracing patterns for children

[responsive][/responsive] One thing you can rely on is that children are always growing! There are so many brilliant childrens patterns on the market and most of them cover a very large size range making them excellent value. We were gifted a copy of Two Stitches Charlie Hoodie so we could show you how to really make the most of sewing for the small people in your life! First things first, this is a beautifully presented pattern, the stitching on the spine especially is just perfect! [responsive] [/responsive][responsive] [/responsive]                 I’m making the…

Benefits of using Swedish Tracing Paper

[responsive][/responsive] Swedish tracing paper is made from eco-friendly abaca fibres which makes it more tear resistant than regular paper but at the same time keeping a transparency which allows you to easily trace your sewing patterns.  We wanted to share with you 12 great reasons to use Patterntrace, our Swedish Tracing Paper: 1 – It is fibrous, like a light interfacing, so easier to manipulate than paper. 2 – It is translucent so you can easily trace the pattern beneath it. 3 – It is a metre wide, ideal for large dressmaking patterns, no more taping pieces together. 4…

How I draft patterns with Patterntrace

[responsive][/responsive] Using Patterntrace (Swedish Tracing Paper) to draft sewing patterns means I’m not wasting fabric, but can make a 3d version of my pattern and check all my measurements are correct. It lets me ensure I like the size and shape of it, and to make alterations, before making it in fabric. Patterntrace can be sewn together like fabric, or to save time you could tape it. [responsive][/responsive] I used it to make a trial version of a bag I was designing for The Sewing Directory (see picture above). It’s a handbag sized bag with an asymetric patchwork flap.…

Tracing a sewing pattern

Baked bean pattern weights not obligatory! So you’ve got your pattern home from the shop, carefully unfurl the pattern sheet but then what? You could chop into the sheet, cutting out the pieces in your size.. But, what happens if you fancy making it again in a bigger size? You’ll have discarded the rest of the paper. So, instead of merrily cutting into the pattern sheet, bring in you roll of Swedish Tracing Paper, lay it over the sheet on the kitchen table or the floor and trace the pattern pieces in the size you need. Remember to make…