I tested out the Patterntrace Swedish Tracing Paper available from Patterntrace. You can buy a single 1m wide x 10m long roll for only £15.80 which includes free postage. If you buy multiple rolls, you can make big savings too. If you want to try Patterntrace before investing in a whole roll, you can order a sample piece here.
What is Patterntrace?
Patterntrace is a soft, pliable paper made from Abaca fibres – a bit like interfacing – that is translucent so you can easily trace pattern pieces and designs onto it for sewing and design uses. The paper lies flat easily from the roll but I used patternweights to hold the paper and pattern sheet in place whilst I traced.
The paper comes in metre wide rolls so it is ideal for tracing even the largest patterns without having to tape pieces of tracing paper together.
The structure of the paper makes it much less likely to tear than ordinary tissue paper and you can actually sew the paper, allowing you to make up a test garment/toile and try it on to make any adjustments before you cut into your precious main fabric. This could save some very expensive mistakes!
Patterntrace can also be used for drafting a pattern as you can then sew up the test garment.
Why trace a pattern?
The benefit of tracing a commercial pattern is that you can preserve the original pattern in one piece and avoids cutting it up. Patterns are expensive to buy and often on flimsy tissue paper, so preserving them for future use is important.
If you are changing shape or losing weight, you may wish to make the garment in a different size at a later date. By cutting into the original pattern, this wouldn’t be an option as the lines of the different sizes would be spoiled, so using Patterntrace allows you to make garments from the original pattern in whatever size you want in the future.
I used a pencil and then once I was happy I re-traced my lines using a permanent pen for a jersey dress I am making. I also tried rubbing out the pencil lines and the paper was not damaged by using an eraser with a light touch.
Is it easy to sew?
I tested a stitched line on the Patterntrace and it sewed just like fabric. The stitched line did not tear after sewing.
I pressed the Patterntrace on a cool iron setting and it ironed perfectly flat. This allows you to store your pattern pieces folded so you can iron them flat once you want to use them again. You could also roll the pattern pieces for storage. Plus Patterntrace sell pattern storage envelopes which are large enough to fit your original pattern and instructions alongside the traced pattern too.
Patterntrace is a very useful product for the dressmaker who likes to re-use patterns as it allows you to preserve patterns for future use. It also allows you to adapt patterns, sew a test garment and try it directly on your own body to ensure a perfect fit.
Buy your Patterntrace roll here, plus use code: sewingdirectory to get a 10% discount off your entire order until 31/12/21