How to trace or copy sewing patterns, and add seam allowances in one easy step, while leaving the pattern intact.
If you are British or European you will probably be very familiar with the Burda Style monthly sewing patterns magazine and the maze of patterns all printed on top of each other in all of the different sizes. There are other magazines and some pattern books that do exactly the same.
Or perhaps you have a vintage pattern that you dont want to cut, or one you might want to make in several different sizes.
So how do you best trace out your own pattern from the many on the same page, and still keep the page intact for future use?
Ive tried many different ways, including some which have been unsuccessful especially my Bad Karma dress, where I cut the two shoulder pieces far too small and didnt have enough fabric left over to correct it. Burda makes it even more complicated by including no seam allowances so you have to add your own at the time of tracing too.
Here is my tips for making your own pattern from the maze and adding your seam allowances at the same time. All while keeping the original intact and unharmed.
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