Friday, November 26, 2010

Friday Confession

I hope everyone who celebrates it had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday! And I hope EVERYONE has many things to be thankful for! :)

I'll get my "Talk Back Thursday" post up sometime this weekend. Now, on to our regularly scheduled Friday post:



As you can see in this picture, my TNT (tried-and-true) Hawaiian shirt pattern for my husband is showing signs of age... It's now OOP (out of print) so I need to take care of it!

How do you protect your TNT patterns?

11 comments:

Faye Lewis said...

I reinforce patterns showing signs of wear with inexpensive packaged interfacing. Even the light weight type works very well for this when fused directly to the pattern. Or, I trace the pattern onto pattern paper making sure that I also transfer grain lines and all other markings and notches.

patsijean said...

For many years I have been tracing all my patterns on 4 mill plastic sheeting. It is available in hardware stores. I get the 10'x100' rolls (at Home Depot--NA--for about $42 a roll). I have plenty for pattterns and for other work around the home and garden and a roll seems to last forever. All it takes is scotch tape to make alterations. I never cut into the pattern.

marysews said...

I trace any pattern that needs an adjustment or has potential for multiple uses. I use something called PatternEase (tm), and I usually buy it on sale by the bolt.

Sarah E. said...

I trace most of my frequently used patters onto tissue paper that is taped together.
This is easier because:
1.I can have just one size per patter, rather than 3
and 2.It saves my original pattern.
Sometimes when I make several sizes of the same pattern, I will use a different color tissue paper for each size. This helps when trying to find a certain size.

mamafitz said...

usually my patterns that become TNTs have already been traced onto swedish tracing paper (i used to get it through debbie cook's kwik sew co-op, and have tons of the stuff!). most of my TNTs are indie patterns (i trace those off to begin with). if it's a big 3 pattern, i trace it onto STP, once i deem it worthy of becoming a TNT.

katherine h said...

I'm a pattern junkie and I hardly ever use the same pattern twice. Often I leave patterns around the house for days (or weeks) on end, and people end up stepping on them and ripping them. Then I just sticky tape them back together. So no tips from me today.

CarlaF-in Atlanta said...

I trace patterns unto tissue pattern. So far, I have one TNT pattern which is a skirt pattern. My goal for next year is to find a TNT pants, blouse and bra pattern. I'm losing weight so tracing is the way to go for me because hopefully I be smaller the next time I sew the skirt pattern :)

gwensews said...

I trace all of my patterns. Never cut them. So, all my originals are in-tact.

Cindy said...

Iron on some lightweight interfacing to the back or trace it out. I use medical paper that goes on the exam beds.. works great!

Happy Holiday Weekend!!!

Summerset said...

I trace them off onto swedish tracing paper.

Anonymous said...

I've used freezer paper. Iron on the pattern pieces to the freezer paper.
Ilse