Hi sew-friends! In today’s video, I’m talking about the very controversial topic of tracing versus cutting sewing patterns. I share the benefits of each technique and then tell you my personal preference. In case you’re new to garment sewing, when we talk about tracing versus cutting, we are referring to how we prepare the pattern before we cut out our fabric. A lot of it comes down to personal preference but there are benefits to both techniques. Let me know in the comments if you are "Team Cut” or “Team Trace”.
I forgot to mention in the video that if you don’t want to trace or cut, some people will use a method of folding the pattern back along the cut line. You can buy rolls of tracing paper from an art supply store or online. There’s a fancy kind of tracing paper called Swedish tracing paper but if you’re on a budget, a lot of people recommend a tracing/tissue paper used at medical offices. You can buy a big roll and it’s very cheap. I’ve used it before and it is very thin but it works fine. Currently, I have a roll from the art supply store that is a medium thickness and I like it better than the medical tissue.
This is the first in a short series of videos I’m planning about patterns so stay tuned for more tips on how to handle one of the most integral parts of garment sewing. If you haven’t done so already, I’d be so grateful if you subscribe to my channel on YouTube. And if you have a special video request, let me know and I may just make a video about it.