Pssst, want to know a secret? I'm a bit of a cheapskate when it comes to tracing out my sewing patterns.
I have actually never cut a sewing pattern in my life. I'm a tracer all the way. It means I never have to buy a pattern more than once (unless I lose it!) and I can use every size in the pattern if I want to.
This is fantastic for kids patterns, because kids grow so fast you usually need to make more than just one pattern size. For some of my favourite patterns I have actually made every single size available on the pattern. The original pattern is still in great shape though, because after tracing, it can be carefully stored back in its packaging. You can really get your money's worth out of a pattern.
Look, I know there are all kinds of fancy tracing papers out there built specifically for the job. They might be great too. But the truth is, I just haven't tried any of them (well not yet, anyway!). The reason being: I like to save my money for nice patterns and fabric!
So what is my cheapskate solution?
Supermarket brand greaseproof paper. You find it in the sandwich wrapping section in the supermarket and it costs about $1.50 per roll. With 30 metres per roll, you can get bucketloads of patterns out of it.
It only comes in one width though, which is sometimes too narrow for the pattern piece. So what do I do if the pattern piece is too wide for the paper? Sticky tape. Yep, I'm super technical like that. I just sticky tape two pieces of paper together (on the shiny side, while I mark on the matte side).
I must have traced hundreds of patterns out this way and it works a treat. It's particularly useful if I mess up when I'm tracing or cutting the tracing, because I can simply rip another piece of paper off my roll and just go again (after chucking the dud tracing in the recycling bin). It's also really easy to get your hands on, as pretty much every supermarket stocks it.
My other favourite tracing tools (apart from the paper and sticky tape)?
A 2B pencil. It helps all those markings show up a little darker and makes it easier to transfer later on. Oh and a cup of tea and some dark chocolate. Can't trace without those!
So what do you guys trace your patterns on? Am I missing out on something great by using my cheapie paper?