How to… trace a pattern without cutting it
I didn’t want to cut this Cynthia Rowley tunic pattern because I wanted the other size options, perhaps for other ladies in my life. With only five pieces, two of them bias strips, I thought I could do it.
The straight lines were easy enough to mark and connect with a yardstick. But the underarm curves on the dolman sleeves, the neck? I don’t really trace with chalk, and drawing through the pattern lines with marker threatened to weaken them.
Time to start engineering. I weighted the pattern on my kitchen floor, using cans and jars. Started tracing the lines.
When I got to the curves, I started gently peeling the pattern back, slowly, a bit at a time, and then making a marker dot on the fabric at the pattern line.
Fold back a touch more, make another dot.
As the underarm curved more, I dotted more frequently.
When all the pattern was folded back, and the curve was visible on the pattern, the work was done.
Voila, a curve good enough to cut confidently.