How to Cut a Pattern and Leave It Intact

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From this tutorial learn How to Cut a Pattern and Leave it Intact. Those curves and sharp turns can be tricky to maneuver with a pair of scissors. From this article an experienced garment maker shows you some pointers on effectively cutting out a pattern that is appropriately designated for your size. Tailoring your own clothes is not only fun but cost-effective. These simple tips can make the whole process easy from the get-go.

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. I leave my original patterns whole and trace off the size I need onto fairly fine tracing paper. I use different colour markers to transfer all the details, including the pattern name, size, and even machine settings for difficult fabrics. Once Ive use the tracing paper pattern to cut the fabric, I fold the pieces and store in a freezer bag marked with the pattern details. The original pattern is stored in a expanding file folder. Once the tissue pattern gets too worn, I can simply trace off a new one.

Been doing this for 30 years. Works great especially when you need to make several sizes of the same pattern. I also will trace them out on tissue paper so I have the original pattern in tack.


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