I couldn't find my Clutch pattern the other day. I mean the ORIGINAL Clutch pattern, which was drafted on card. I decided it'd be quicker to make a new card pattern from a paper print than re-organise my pattern "storage system" (I use the term VERY loosely).
I don't actually like working with paper patterns and pins.... way too slow. It's a bit like sewing on a domestic machine when you're used to an industrial. Cardboard patterns are quicker and more accurate AND THEY LAST LONGER,TOO!!! I still have the original blocks and patterns I made in the final year of my Fashion degree (1989... yikes!), and loads of other patterns since ...hence my inability to find a teeny-tiny little clutch pattern in amongst them!
It made me think - if I didn't know about basting spray until this year (I kid you not, folks!) then maybe there are some home-sewing types who don't know about industrial pattern card....? Some things are easy to miss if you're moving in a different part of the (sewing) world from them.
How to Turn Paper Patterns Into Cardboard Patterns.... which are JUST GREAT!
1. Using spray adhesive or a glue stick (a glue that won't dampen the paper and make it crinkle), stick your pattern print to some pattern card. You can paste down individual pattern pieces that have already been cut out (and used) or you can paste down the new, uncut pattern print.
2. Cut out your pattern pieces and transfer all the pattern markings (notches and dots etc) with HOLES and snips in the cardboard. Any old hole punches, scissors and awls can be used for this. If you have a screw-punch (forgot to take a photo of mine) they're great for marking dart points and other pattern dots.
***Edited to add screw-punch link.****
"Ah HA!" you say, "What's that nifty looking gadget she has there...?" They're pattern notchers... hideously expensive but VERY NIFTY INDEED. They cut lovely slit notches in patterns. That's ALL they do ...and they do it BEAUTIFULLY! (See "top notch" on the pic below). Unless you plan to make a lot of patterns I wouldn't think pattern notchers a very sound investment. You may be able to find a substitute among papercrafts gadgets (?) or you can use scissors - like I did on the bottom notch on the pic above.
3. Hold the pattern pieces down on your fabric - or use weights to hold down larger pattern pieces - and trace around them with tailors chalk. I prefer the accuracy of using a chalk pencil or quilters pencil - a nice fine line is always good.
...and that notch thing? You can draw a line into the notch to show you where to put a 2.5mm snip in the edge of your seam allowance. (That's more accurate than those triangle notches on a lot of big-brand patterns). That's all you need for matching up important points when you're at the sewing machine.4. Unless your fabric is slippery you don't tend to need pins at all. Just CUT out your fabric - and this is even quicker with a rotary cutter.... ooooh... MORE gadget-love (I shouldn't have started this....!!!)
5. You can then cut/punch a hole through each piece and thread them over a wire hook (or loop of string) and hang them up - as in the picture at the top of this post. Correction - it's actually best to hang them up in an ORDERLY system.
(...and I must go back to that pattern in the last picture and punch a hole through that snap placement mark! Oops!).
PS. If you want to make trace-around pattern pieces that you can SEE THROUGH (so you can see the print placement on the fabric), you can use template plastic. It doesn't roll like kitchen paper or crinkle and fly away like tissue paper.