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#1 of 9 Old 07-26-2009, 12:31 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Hello... I am new to sewing from patterns... fairly new to sewing in general... and have a question. I am making mother/daughter aprons. The pattern has sizes for small, med, large for the girls and for the mothers. Do I cut on the line for the size that I want now? So what if I cut on the medium and in a year or so I want to make the large for her? Or, if I make a medium apron for myself, but would like to make a small apron for a friend? Do I just have to buy a new pattern? Or is there an easier way around this?

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I rarely cut the tissue patterns. I trace the pattern size onto a separate piece of paper first. This way I can use the pattern multiple times in varying sizes. This also helps if you need to tweak the fit. You can have a custom fitted pattern to work with later.

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I have never cut a pattern, I trace as well. Parchment paper works well for the tracing.

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Cheap packaged sew on interfacing works good. I use a sharpe marker to trace on it.

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I use painter's plastic, it comes on a roll at any home improvement store and is quite cheap. A sharpie marker and you are all set
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thanks ladies!! So many different options... I'll have to experiment and see what works best for me!

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Or, buy them when they are $1 at Joann's, and get a few for the different sizes.
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Or, buy them when they are $1 at Joann's, and get a few for the different sizes.
That's what I generally do. Trying to trace over tissue paper is too much of a headache to me to bother.

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That's what I generally do. Trying to trace over tissue paper is too much of a headache to me to bother.
I'll do the same - buy several on sale so I can just cut or otherwise if it's an out-of-print pattern that I want to re-use I'll save the cut off portions and tape it back together.

I just did that with a used pattern I have. I wanted to sew up a skirt for my DD1, but the pattern had been cut for the size 3 (I needed the size 6). The previous owner had miraculously left the cut off portion in the envelope. I taped it back together and sewed up a new skirt!
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