When we first introduced these sewing patterns to the U.S. market, I got some negative reactions to the white paper used and to the need to trace the pattern pieces onto another medium. To the nay-sayers, I was left to say, as I do to my kids at most meal times, "How do you know you don't like it, if you haven't tried it?" Since then, enough have tried pattern tracing and have found that they like it.
Those who have bought the book, however, have found the patterns printed on traditional tissue paper. Tissue paper is really the only way to (a) fit that number of sewing patterns for (b) that broad of a size set, without (c) overlapping the pieces, within (d) the confines of a book format.
I'll grant you: This tissue paper is flimsy. So, in a few posts, I'll test out some techniques to strengthen the pattern sheets. Today, I'll try spray adhesive and white craft paper. I'm testing things that are regularly available without much effort. I bought these items at a national chain craft supply store.
Before using the patterns, it is best to press the creases out with a warm, dry iron.
I also decided to separate the different patterns from one another; Here, Brooklyn shrug from the Feliz dress.
In this experiment, I used the "Fast Grab" tacky spray first.
I weighed the craft paper down with smooth stones to keep it from rolling. I sprayed the spray adhesive as evenly as I could across the area.
The small Brooklyn piece was easy lay into place over the sprayed area. The larger Feliz pieces...not so much. Not for me anyway.
The tacky spray did its job and the pattern pieces are adhered to the craft paper underneath. I was able to repair a little rip I made while ironing.
I trimmed the craft paper away inside the edge of the pattern sheet paper, so that the stickiness is cut away.
I folded the pattern piece, but did not crease the folds. I just folded the pattern sheet so that I could fit it in a zipper lock bag for storing.
Unfolding the pattern sheet again reveals that I did not apply enough tacky spray, as there are little air pockets. These little air pockets could tear. So...lesson learned...more spray, not less.
40 ' of 30" white craft paper: US$5.49
Aleene's Tacky Spray: US$6.99
Aleene's Fast Grab tacky Spray: US$9.99
Time to prepare one pattern sheet: 30 min.
Rating for this method: I'd give it three of five stars.
Next time: Clear contact paper.
Does anyone have any other ideas?