Tools of the Trade: Tracing Materials

I really do admire all of you sewists who can cut straight into a pattern and immediately lay out your fabric to cut and sew.  Maybe the size for you is perfect or you know your body sizing like the back of your hand.  Before I get started I have tons of fitting to do and because I am working to get my fit spot on, I need to do that painstaking work of tracing patterns.  Also, anyone who has worked with patterns from Burdastyle magazine knows this task is completely unavoidable.

I’ve tried a variety of tracing materials and I’m so happy to have stumbled upon something that works the best for tracing Burdastyle patterns.  Do Sew (from Viking section of Joanns) didn’t work out so well.  It’s thin enough to see through, but my writing utensil gets caught on the rough fibers.  If I’m using pen or marker it bleeds right through.

I’ve used tissue tracing paper sold by Clotilde which is equivalent to the paper on the table in the doctor’s office.  It works well enough.

Pattern Ease from Joanns is not transparent enough for tracing.  This paper is thick and sturdy and I think it would work best for fitting some patterns.

Now, I’ve hit the jackpot!  This tissue paper is super transparent.  More so than the one sold at Clotilde.  Last year I got lucky and found this paper at a movie set sale.  $10 bucks for this huge roll!

I’ll be surprised if I ever see the end of this thing.

-Nizzy

Tools of the Trade: Tracing Materials

WIP: Burda Magazine 7/2010, Styles 109A, 111B

They say if you were old enough to wear a style the first time,  you probably should steer clear of it the next time it comes around.    I’m just going to ignore that little “rule”, go out on a limb, and do my own thing.   

Here are the technical drawings of the items I plan to work next.  

109A
111B

Now, I just might be out that lonely little 1990’s reminicient limb all by myself, but that’s perfectly fine.   I just hope I still find them as cute when it’s time to put them on.   As for the top, I think I might have picked one of the most impossible shapes on which to do a FBA (full bust adjustment).  Wish me luck!

-Nizzy

WIP: Burda Magazine 7/2010, Styles 109A, 111B

“OMG! She’s Wearing a Dress!”, Summer Edition

Burda 6/2009 Style #121, Dress

I believe this is the first “Finished” sewing related post since my friend, DragonWillow, and I started this blog. Hooray for us!

If you remember this post eons ago, I wanted to use a different print for this dress, but did not have enough fabric for it.

I omitted most of the ruffles because trying to work with them in this slinky kind of fabric was a pain in my neck AND it took a while for me to get the serger’s cooperation to do a rolled hem on the ruffle edges AND I still hate zippers. So, I banished it to the half-finished project bin!

Today, it re-emerges completed just in time for summer’s end. A very light and relaxed style to get me through the last of the hazy, hot, and humid days.  Do you think I have time to squeeze in one more summer item before she goes?

-Nizzy

“OMG! She’s Wearing a Dress!”, Summer Edition

Nizzy’s WIP – Dress with Ruffles

I always seem to gravitate toward the dresses and tops that have ruffles. They are fun, flirty and I just love them! The ruffles on it are exactly why this dress called to me. The magazine shows the dress as ankle length on the model, but sadly I do not have enough fabric to make that long. Let’s hope I still think it’s cute.

**ETA What was I thinking? I don’t have enough to make ANY dress with that fabric! A top/blouse it is, I guess. :-/

Nizzy’s WIP – Dress with Ruffles