Sewing Gossip – Interfacing as pattern tracing paper


Recently I had started to read a wonderful blog called the Dressmakers Social (I will share the link at the bottom of my post). Whilst I have not yet delved completely into every single one of their posts like I tend to do when I become an obsessive crafty creeper one post in particular took my eye.

It was a post from a few months ago; July’s meet up featuring a lovely idea called the Ask It Basket. When you have a room full of creative and handy types what an amazing way to draw out and curate their knowledge. I was taken with the idea and it got me thinking about all the times I was lucky enough for someone to share their knowledge with me. 

Due to the style of product I style clients in every day (vintage reproduction) I find myself in any number of fabulous conversations. One that is touched upon regularly and I would comfortably say daily is sewing. The style of clothing I am lucky enough to work with being reproduction 40’s to early 60’s in era draws out a lot of nostalgia for those who did sew professionally and non professionally in this time, those who remember their mothers, grandmothers and aunts and even fathers sewing. And then through these memories and fancies flow the conversations around fabrics and cuts and rope petticoats.

Never one to turn down a good story, I will quite often query people on their methods and memories of sewing. Today I would like to share one particular tip that I though of whilst reading this particular Dressmakers Social post

The topic of what to use as paper to trace off patterns seems to have been drawn out of the ‘Ask it basket’ and one that was not mentioned in the post that I had a wonderful client recommend to me was very light interfacing. This not only protects your original pattern but allows you to utilise the multiple sizings in patterns if needed, does not tear and is so easy to work with.

In the years past I have used kraft paper, baking paper, normal paper and pattern paper in the newly found attitude to start preserving my paper patterns, never had it crossed my mind to use interfacing. So today I thought I would put it to the test.

One trip to my local favourite fabric warehouse and I walked out with the thinnest sew-in interfacing at $2 AUD a metre. Two Dollars well spent I say to preserve my lovely patterns so many of which are vintage. I decided to use a simple pattern as my first test and one that I needed to utilise multiple sizes in. I chose the Peekaboo Dress by Bettsy Kingston (pictured above) as I have been collecting fabrics to make it for my niece.


The steps are basic. Lay out your paper pattern, lay the interfacing over the top and trace away. I used a black felt tip pen with a straight and curved ruler to get neat lines. remember to transfer your markings for darts, grainlines and sizes ect. Cut out your interfacing and voila a perfect pattern to be used over and over again whilst keeping your original pattern intact.





What has been a recently tested tip of yours? Have you used interfacing for tracing patterns before, and with what results? I’ll update as I progress in their use. Thanks for reading,

Nadia B. xx


3 thoughts on “Sewing Gossip – Interfacing as pattern tracing paper

  1. Emma says:

    Hello, I glad you found my post useful and thank you for the link , I’ve shared your post on our Facebook page 😊 I like the idea of tracing patterns on to lightweight interfacing. I imagine that the interfacing pattern pieces are easier to pin to fabric than paper ones? Emma


    1. wattleandbee says:

      Hi Emma, how amazing to share it all thank you! Yes I think that’s what I love so much is the fact that it’s so easy to pin and no tiny holes in the pattern after you remove pins! I’m dying to try more!
      Nadia. Xx


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