Thursday, November 22, 2012

Focus on drafting paper

I began drawing patterns on old newspapers, but it was not long before I abandoned that method because everything would get dirty from the ink. I then started taping regular 8.5x11 (A4) white sheets together, but that also became annoying -- when you're in the middle of your Nth version of a pattern and you are ready to throw your sewing machine out the window, the last thing you want to do is tape those goddamn sheets of paper together.


I found the solution at my local art store where they sell large rolls of tracing paper (architect paper). My last roll cost me around 20$ and lasted me over a year (but I'm sure you could find something even cheaper on eBay or Amazon).

Another useful thing to know: you can give your paper a quick iron on high heat, no steam, before drafting, so it lays nice and flat.

And finally, maybe I'm just slow on the uptake, but I discovered last week that cutting your paper by ripping it using a wide ruler instead of scissors is way easier. It's the same principle as how we cut parchment-paper for baking.

What kind of paper do you use for drafting? How is that working for you?

12 comments:

  1. I normally use parchment-paper for baking, but it's often not wide enough...annoying! So I will definitely be investing in a big roll of tracing paper, especially if it will last me as long as yours did ;o)

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    1. Good to know that parchment paper also works -- in case of emergency! :-)

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  2. Long, long ago, I bought a large package of gift-warp tissue which I used for tracing patterns when I started sewing a few years ago, but that ran out after a while. That was replaced with more gift-wrap tissue, but the quality was much worse - it tore and shredded at the slightest provocation. I then purchased a roll of tracing paper at an art store, which was absolutely fabulous, but incredibly pricey. My roll was more than $30, and maybe lasted me a year, maybe. (I have people other than myself to draft and trace patterns for.)
    I am now trying out exam table paper. It is cheap and thin - it is also narrower than the tracing paper, so I bought two rolls for $4 each. If this doesn't work out nicely, then I will go back to rolls of tracing paper...

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    1. interesting, exam table paper... let us know how that works out! :-)

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  3. I buy Sun-glo thumbnail sketch paper in white (24 inch x 50 yards) and it's the best I've ever found. Even helps with the complex Burda patterns.. Love it!

    For the life of me, I can't remember which blog pointed this paper to me, but I'm forever indebted to that person who shared this.

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  4. Following up on prev. comment: I bought it from Currys in Mississauga (ON). Not sure if you have in Quebec?

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    1. Oh cool! Good thing I live in Toronto! will try that, thanks for the tip! I guess any Curry's should carry this? Like the one on Yonge St. downtown?

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  5. i use rolls of newsprint (newspaper without anything printed on it) or glossy (like the paper Time magazine uses but without anything printed on it) from the hardware/ office supplies store. Agree totally that A4 taping is insane. I don't even buy pdf patterns if print at home (i.e. waste time and effort assembling and taping) is the only option provided.. XP I get my print at copy shop type patterns printed at the local copyshop. The most I've ever paid is $8 for a multi-sized man's coat patter...

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    1. I only printed a Burda pattern once on A4, and never did downloadable Burda again! What copy shop do you go to, and what specific instructions do you give them?

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  6. I love the "Swedish Tracing Paper" that Birch St Clothing has. They sell several rolls at a time, it seems a little expensive but three rolls lasts me for a few years, and the paper itself is totally great, you can see through it, write on it legibly with ordinary pen, and it's soft and durable. I haven't checked into cheaper options lately since I'm pretty much hooked on this stuff.

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  7. I've been using parchment baking paper too. But as soon as I'm close to running out i think i'll upgrade to the swedish tracing paper everyone keeps mentioning. I think they sell it on amazon too.

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  8. I use a tracing wheel and newsprint too. The newsprint I get by roll from the local newspaper who sell rolls of the stuff for $10 and they last a year almost. Its the same stuff they print their newspaper on so is almost as wide as my large cutting mat is long. Perfect.

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