Friday, September 13, 2013

Tools from the tool shed

After my seam rippers and my notebooks and the camera on my phone,  I had to go to my photo pile to realize my bestest tool is

(or architectural tracing paper, or thumbnail, or whatever)
Comes in grid, comes in 18 or 36" wide, a few yards or humongous rolls.

I let the photos speak for themselves.
I have a sloper. I need a new dress. Let's trace!

I have to move a dart. Let's cut and trace again!

I need to to make two mirrored pieces from one pattern piece

I need one more version of the same collar and see through to the grain (also works for marking plaids)
I need to trace an entire dress

I made three different versions and need to find the last one - ah, yellow!

It comes in a neato orange plastic wrapper for tidy storage

It comes in ridiculously large rolls, unlike newspaper. It holds ink, pencil will erase from it without tearing, it cuts nicely, you can iron it, you can pin through it with ease....what's not to love?


  1. I have never heard of the paper but after seeing your illustrations I will definitely give it a try.

  2. Sounds great! Any suggestions on best places to buy it?

  3. I get mine at the University Bookstore here in Seattle, but anyplace near a school where students study architecture. Blicks, Artist and Craftsman, the usual chain art stores have it.

    Did I mention you can iron it? Or roll up the pattern until you're ready?


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