One of my favorite things ever…..template plastic!! I don’t mean the small plastic sheets that are only big enough to trace one short sleeve, but LARGE template plastic. Large enough to trace not only an entire child’s size pattern, but more than one! My daughter is only 21 months old, so her clothing is still pretty small, but I could for sure use one for an adult sized pattern. The sheets are 24″ x 45″ and 2 millimeters thick. Nice, right?!
The patterns I know I will be making a lot of or want to be able to quickly sew on a whim , I trace onto template plastic. I use my rotary cutter around the plastic to cut the fabric. I do know that there are those that sew who are able to do the same with their paper patterns. I however, am not that skilled. I tried it and totally destroyed a paper pattern. Never again. (And those cans? Tuna cans. They make perfect weights. )
I will usually take a big sharpie along the edge to make it easier to see against lighter color fabrics.
I’m not very patient with some pattern curves, so I will sometimes very quickly trace curves with a pen and cut with scissors.
Tank tops , t-shirts, pants, shorts, pajamas are a few patterns I automatically transfer to template plastic.
My favorite pajamas, Alex & Anna PJs by Peek-A-Boo patterns, I have already transferred to template plastic up to size 5T! I love these PJ’s for my daughter. They are a really quick sew and with the plastic template, I can complete a pair from fabric cut to finish under 30 minutes!
I couldn’t resist sharing this sweet photo of my daughter with one of our pups. These pajamas are great for just lounging in too.
I bought the template plastic sheets from a group buy, here. The price per sheet varies depending how big the current order is. I happened to order mine when the order was at the highest number to get the best discount. I ordered 10 sheets and I have hardly made a dent in them.
A truth about sewing, the pattern cutting or tracing (if you trace your patterns to another paper), washing the fabric, ironing the fabric, cutting the fabric, etc., etc……all before even actually sewing can feel so tedious. I’m able to start sewing sooner with patterns that I transfer to template plastic. What tips do you have to get through the tedious work faster, so you can start sewing sooner?