I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid I never followed instructions, I’m pretty sure “I’m sure this will work better” was my motto. And then, as it is now, doesn’t really ever work for me the way I think it will, yest I still do it.
You are correct, I made my first attempt at grading! Well, actually, step one, tracing. Apparently I need to go back to 2nd grade.
Pattern Tracing Experiment: Act 1, Scene 1
Aim: To accurately transfer a vintage pattern to a new pattern that can be altered without harming the original
Hypothesis (optional): That I am a bitchin’ pattern maker and can do this in a day
Equipment: Tracing Paper, Pen, Rulers, Endless amounts of patience
1. Use a tracing paper that you can see through, you can scan or retrace on sturdier paper later
Inner Child: Laahame. I say use brown paper, it’s A; Cheaper, and B: sturdy and you can use it to make everything off of! Two birds with one stone.
2. Trace the pattern, carefully, recording all notations on the original pattern.
Inner child: Whaaaat! Do you know how long that is going to take! Skip it, you should do a “dry run” and not put the marking in. You can always fill it in later. Dude, I should totally write instructions, move over, give me a crayon.
Safety/Risks: Possible alcoholism by end of session.
Results: A completely unusable pattern for regrading. (No crayons were harmed in this experiment.)
Conclusion: In conclusion I turned my frown upside down and used it to make a muslin cut out. I’m sure my inner child was planning that all along.I vow to never make short cuts again (lie), and will be purchasing tracing paper tout de suite! I did however use it to sew a muslin of the dress, because I was really curious to see what the finished project would look like.