I think I just felt forty minutes slide off of pattern drafting time.
What better way to start off this series than with a tool that you already have lying in your desk drawer? Clever AND frugal…I like it.
It just so happens that, in their infinite wisdom, the creators of The Pencil engineered the distance between two pencil tips held side-by-side to equal 1/4.” As they were no doubt good friends with the engineer of the standard sewing machine foot, the two parties concurred that 1/4″ was indeed the divine proportion, forever marrying the utility of pencils to the needs of sewing.
So you have a pattern that does not include a seam allowance? Problem solved. Two pencils and a few pieces of tape are all you need to add 1/4″ to the pattern before cutting your fabric. Simply trace the innermost lead along the perimeter of the pattern and the other lead will add an adjacent line 1/4″ from the pattern’s…
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