Thursday, May 12, 2011
Pattern Drafting 101: Pattern Care
When I bring home a new pattern I usually take it out and cut it apart. Before I use it to cut out a new outfit I'll run a warm iron, no steam, over the tissue paper to get out any wrinkles.
When I'm done with my pattern, I never attempt to try to fit it back into it's regular pocket. Instead, I store everything in a gallon sized baggie. These bags are a life saver for me! I can keep everything in one place and not worry about trying to shove it back into that small pocket.
I also have a large selection of patterns. Storage can be an issue but I've found a large clear storage box to be the best solution.
When I use a pattern a lot or need it for several sizes I make a hard copy of it. You can use anything to make a copy of a pattern, tissue paper, wrapping paper, etc. I use medium weight non-fusible interfacing. I like the weight and durability of it. I lay down my original pattern then place my interfacing on top and trace the size I need, making sure to also copy the any notches or other markings. On my hard copy I also write the pattern name, number and size for future reference. I also store these with my original pattern in the gallon baggie.
And that is the basics on pattern care. Do you have any more suggestions? I'd love to hear them!