From reading this blog, you might think that I haven’t been doing much sewing lately, but actually I have, and altering patterns too. I intend to catch you up soon. In fact, I intended to catch you up
Monday Tuesday today, but I’ve been busy, and I’m realizing that by the time I finish the photo editing it will be next week. Never fear though, I have something good (but short) the meantime, one of those why-didn’t-I-think-of-that-ages-ago things. This one involves adding paper to patterns.
If you have ever changed a pattern in a way that required drawing part of it outside the current cut edge, or cutting it apart and adding more in the middle, you know what I’m talking about. It’s hard to tape more paper to the pattern smoothly, it tends to make folding and cutting weird, and smoothing the pattern pieces when you get them out to use again involves carefully dodging the tape with the iron, or cleaning tape gunk off the iron (ask me how I know that). Sure, I could trace the whole pattern again, but that seems wasteful of my lovely pattern paper.
Then one day it just occurred to me – I have fusible webbing tape. If I fuse the two pieces of pattern paper together, folding and ironing them is suddenly super easy, and the edges are seamlessly held together all the way along, with no gummy stuff on the outside!
I peel the fusible web off of the backing, and tack it along the edge of the pattern paper with my fingers. Then I lay the pattern on top of the new paper, making sure that both are flat and smooth. I press with a dry iron and voila! I can trim the new paper edge right next to the fused part for a smooth join.
I use “Sewable Swedish Tracing Paper”, which I get from Birch Street Clothing, to draft and copy my patterns. I usually don’t sew it, but I love everything about it, it’s sturdy, yet soft, I can see through it to trace, and also write all over it with ballpoint pen. It worked great for this technique. If you try it on another pattern paper (must be iron-able) do let me know how it works! I used Lite Steam- A-Seam 2 fusible web tape, which I got from my local quilting store.
Sometimes it seems like I should have a talk with my brain about timing (as in, could we have this idea before ironing Scotch tape by accident?), but on the whole, I guess I’m willing to wait for new ideas, if they’re as elegant and helpful as this one is to me.