Sewing patterns- are you a cutter or tracer

a commercially bought sewing patternCommercial patterns are designed to fit universally and are multi sized and there are so many available that you should find something close to the clothes you’d like to make

In the sewing world there are 2 types of pattern users, and endless debates about each system! You either cut out a tissue pattern template to the size you want, or trace off the size you want onto tracing paper before cutting out in order to preserve the original pattern.

I like to dive straight in and cut out my tissue patterns, but many more fashionable patterns like burdastyle magazine, come as traceable patterns, with multiple patterns laid on top of one another. Personally, just looking at the multi pattern sheets in the burda style mag, makes me feel queasy and way too time consuming!

I’ll be doing a video post tomorrow on how to trace off a pattern.

So are you a cutter or tracer?

I’d love to hear your thoughts?

Happy Stitching!


  • Ann Haughton

    03.07.2012 at 16:02

    Cutter every time! I know what you mean about the burda overplayed patterns in the magazine. I’ve always looked and thought how on trend the clothes are but looking at that pattern paper would bring on a migraine!

  • Tiger

    03.07.2012 at 14:35

    It really depends, if it is for me, I tend to cut. If it is for commercial gain so to speak I trace. I have been know to cut the largest size and trace down from there!

  • Kim

    03.07.2012 at 11:44

    I am a tracer. I prefer to do it that way to preserve the pattern and I am always too scared that the thin tissue paper will rip. :P

  • Frau Leo

    03.07.2012 at 10:45

    I’m a sewing newbie and the first patterns I followed I cut. But now I trace them just I case I want the make the same garment in a bigger size later on or want to pass it on to someone else.

  • Amanda

    03.07.2012 at 10:29

    I was a cutter but I quickly changed this approach after cutting a size too big on a favorite pattern and I lost the joins/marks in the size I actually needed. Doh. Now I use poly race and hack into that. I’m the scaredy cat sewist!

  • Chichi

    03.07.2012 at 10:28

    I’ve just started to learn to sew and discovered your blog over the last week. Really enjoying your posts – really helpful.

  • Craftyguider

    03.07.2012 at 10:20

    Normally I’m a cutter, but I’ve got 2 girls in the same pattern pack sizes so I’ll definitely be tracing on this one!