Hi! I’m new here and using my very first pattern. It’s a vintage 70s pattern, complete and uncut, and I’d like to actually use it (I’m not a collector, just a novice sewer). It’s one-size only (hat/headwrap) – should I go ahead and cut it, and save the cut pieces? Or trace and copy what I need onto another paper? I’ve never done this before, so I don’t know if it’s difficult to save cut pattern pieces or not. And I don’t know, since it’s a vintage pattern, if I should cut it just for nostalgia’s sake! Any thoughts or tips are welcome… thanks!

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    Jul 17, 2011, 11.24 PMby harrietbazley

    For some weird reason pattern pieces do seem to take up more space after being cut out than before ;-) Apart from that you ought to be able to save them with no practical problems.

    If there’s any chance you might want to alter the pattern pieces it would be better to trace them. And you won’t be able to re-use the same pattern an indefinite number of times on account of the pin-holes (probably won’t be making that many hats though?)

    If it’s not too many pieces I’d probably trace it anyway, on the basis of preserving the original to go back to if necessary. If it’s going to be an awful lot of work, though… it depends how ‘vintage’ you consider the 1970s to be!

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    Jul 18, 2011, 12.08 AMby katexxxxxx

    I trace all patterns these days, ESPECIALLY vintage ones: you can trace your copy off onto something that is reusable multiple times, and if you need to alter, you have the original to go back to if things go wong. You are also preserving the original for posterity…

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