How to Use Swedish Tracing Paper (Plus Building Block Dress book Giveaway!)

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A couple of months ago, one of my favorite kids’ clothing pattern designer, Liesl Gibson, contacted me to tell me about her new book and ask if I wanted to be part of her blog tour. Blog tours aren’t usually our thing, plus I was in the middle of a cross-state move with multiple stops along the way. (I still have no idea where most of my sewing supplies are, except to say that they are “in a box in the garage.”) But Oliver + S patterns are my very favorite patterns for kids; I made several wonderful projects out of Liesl’s first book; plus I know Liesl and Todd, and their graphic designer, Lindsie Bergervin, only deliver top quality, reliable material. So this is a project I knew I could get behind, site unseen.

The book is Building Block Dress: A Sewing Pattern Alteration Guide (one pattern, thousands of dresses!) The wonderful concept behind this book is that you can design a unique dress for a child based on their preferences. Each element of the pattern has multiple variations. Pick your skirt, pick your sleeves, pick your collar, pick your hem, pick your neckline, pick your pockets.

It sounds confusing, but it’s not. It’s just a super fun idea that both kids and their creative wardrobe consultants (sewing machine operators) will enjoy.

The book comes with a pocket on the back cover for the pattern pieces. In order to preserve the original pattern pieces and sizes so you can continue to mix and match the different elements for years to come, it’s important to trace the pattern pieces, in the right size, onto another surface.

Our favorite product for transferring patterns is Swedish tracing paper. To use, simply tape your pattern onto a flat surface (we use washi ), then tape a cut of Swedish tracing paper over the pattern. Use a pen or pencil to trace the proper size lines and pattern markings (such as notches and grain direction lines.) No light box necessary! 

It’s hard to describe Swedish tracing paper in words–you have to see it to love it. Check out our quick look at the product and it’s great qualities in this video.

If you’d like to win your own copy of Building Block Dress: A Sewing Pattern Alteration Guide, comment below with your thoughts about storing, tracing, or cutting garment patterns. We really do read the comments and want to learn from your experiences–please share what you hate, what you love, best practices, etc.



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149 Responses to How to Use Swedish Tracing Paper (Plus Building Block Dress book Giveaway!)

  1. Kim says:

    I’ve always heard about swedish tracing paper but never figured out how to use it. I would love this chance. I also have one of Leisl’s books – Little Things to sew. Her instructions and patterns are great. I’m yet to try her jump rope dress and the jacket one too.

  2. Emma welch says:

    I only use Swedish tracing paper for the bodice to make alterations and use baking paper for the skirts on dresses. I store patterns in an envelope along with notes on what size I made and alterations etc to help for next time and stick the picture on the front. My daughter is getting to an age where she loves helping to decide what she wears. A dress designing that would be amazing.

  3. Andi says:

    This book sounds so wonderful. My 4 year old niece has become very involved in what she wants me to make for her lately. I’ve been using a roll of medical paper (the kind they use on the exam tables) for tracing my patterns. It’s sheer enough to trace through but sturdy enough to reuse. I store my patterns in manilla envelopes.

  4. Carolyn says:

    As I’m starting to sew for my daughter, I’m realizing that it’s important to start tracing patterns rather than cut them out. She’s growing so fast I’ll need to reuse patterns!

  5. Sue says:

    I trace patterns using a variety of materials and Swedish Tracing Paper is one of my favorites. It’s flexible and stitchable and that’s great for testing fit. Another product I’ve used is Tru Grid; you’d think that those grid lines would make it a champ to work with but my experience is that they get in the way. Too many lines and if you are using a rotary mat…WAAAY too many lines. Flipping that mat over helps. If the fabric can be ironed, freezer paper is good as a tracing material IF you know that the pattern fits.

  6. Nikki says:

    I’m just starting out sewing things for my 9 month old daughter. Mostly, this has involved lots and lots of blog reading and research, and very little sewing. This is the second time I’ve come across this Swedish tracing paper, and after using regular paper for my pattern for her Halloween costume, I’m going to have to look into getting some. Would love to win the book, as the dresses pictured are adorable, and I’ve seen some great fabric in my browsing. Just need an excuse to buy it. 🙂

  7. Emily K says:

    I haven’t done pattern tracing yet. But I love PDF patterns and not worrying about having to trace patterns. There are some patterns that I have that are not PDF and I haven’t tried them because I don’t have (and haven’t used) tracing paper. I love the recommendation though and may have to purchase some Swedish paper and see how well it works!

  8. Brenda says:

    I love my roll of Swedish tracing paper. After having tried so many different substrates, this is the best! Lightweight, but strong. The roll is wide enough to avoid having to tape. It folds up nicely and smooths out like new. Just great stuff. And perfect for a book like this.

  9. Connie Cain says:

    Love this idea!! I have several granddaughters that I love to sew for and with this book, I can make all their dresses from one pattern and they will look different. 🙂
    I store my used patterns in manila envelopes. I cut the original evelope apart and tape it to the front so I can see the front and back all at once. 🙂

  10. Jessica F says:

    I’ve never see Swedish Tracing paper in person and am very curious about it. I’ve been using the tracing paper you buy at Joanns or Michaels. Sometimes taping a few pieces together and tracing out patterns that way. Then I can fold it up and file it away…although “filing” really means sticking it in a box and forgetting that it’s there. I should really figure out a new system :).
    Thanks for the giveaway

  11. Christy Coy says:

    I love to use Swedish Tracing Paper. I use it for almost everything! Also, I have been wanting that book since I heard about it! Thanks for the chance.

  12. Ann says:

    I was given a roll of Swedish tracing paper but haven’t had a chance to use it yet. This would be a great way to use it!

  13. beth says:

    In our sewing classes we use wedding runner “fabric” to trace patterns. It is see through, much sturdier than tissue paper, and when you place the flocked side down on fabric to cut, it doesn’t slide. We fold the pattern pieces together when done and store in a small plastic bin.

  14. Stylememary says:

    I really enjoy using Swedish tracing paper because you can even sew it together to check fit. I remember using it to perfect a jeans pattern. It was something I knew I’d want to use over and over again.

  15. Nancy says:

    I keep my patterns in their original sleeves but after a while the tissue paper tears easily

  16. Chris says:

    I now trace my patterns on lightweight (non-fusible!) interfacing – I purchase by the bolt when it is on sale. After use, I label with the pattern name/size, fold and store the pieces in a page protector. The page protectors are clipped in to a three ring binder, grouped by pattern. I will definitely be trying the Swedish paper!

  17. Jo Anna Mollman says:

    I used to have some lightweight interfacing type fabric that had a grid of red dots. It was nice to trace with. It stored easier than paper also.

  18. Jo Anna Mollman says:

    I used to have some very lightweight interfacing type fabric that had a grid of red dots. It was nice for tracing. Easier to store than paper.

  19. Anne Jenkins says:

    I just took a class to sew the Hide and Seek dress. As I signed up almost at the last minute, I ordered the digital pattern and used computer paper to print the pattern. Needless to say, this was not ideal as a beginner! The instructor suggested the Swedish Tracing paper so after the class I ordered some. I have not used it yet but am excited to make a second dress. Excited to try Liesl’s new book.

  20. Flavia says:

    I do not love tracing patterns, it usually takes an evening for tracing and cutting fabric (I only sew at night, after kids bedtime); I use a non woven paper roll that I purchased at a beauty salon supplies store. It goes a long way for tracing patterns!

  21. Crystal says:

    I like Swedish tracing paper as well. I used to use Christmas wrapping paper, but it tore too easily. Swedish tracing paper iis more durable and easier to cut, fold and store. Thanks for this post!

  22. Giorgia says:

    I use baking paper and never tried swedish trying paper but would love to try soon. I’ve seen a great way to store pattern in manila folders in a beautiful box. Could try this next and pretend to be a little more organized.

  23. Trish says:

    I always trace patterns onto whatever scrap paper is lying close at hand. I actually think it makes my patterns easy to identify! The newspaper or printer scraps are often dated and bring back memories of when I first used the pattern!

  24. Ann McGinnis says:

    this method will help me a great deal. Thank you.

  25. Jessica says:

    I likeSwedish Tracing paper and use that and medical tissue paper that comes on big rolls. The Swedish paper holds up a lot better!

  26. Luciana says:

    I love Blog tours. It’s a great way to meet new bloggers and to learn a lot. I was even inspired to try something new from the last blog tour I followed. About Swedish tracing paper I have to say that is something completely new to me.

  27. asteride says:

    I hate tracing patterns and always looking for a easier way to do it. Maybe is going to be more fun with Swedish tracing paper!

  28. Rebekka says:

    My organization skills could probably do with some improvement 😉
    This book could probably help me get sorted!

  29. Sara says:

    I love Swedish tracing paper–it’s sturdier than other items I”ve tried which is good when you are trying to trace. I have some nieces so finally am getting the chance to sew dresses and have long been an oliver + S fan: would love this book!

  30. Christine Langer says:

    I’ve been a big fan of Swedish tracing paper for several years now. Really great for copying patterns for all the reasons you state in the video. Easy to find on Amazon… ?

  31. Mindy says:

    I use a roll of regular tracing paper for my patterns. I’ve done some pattern modifications, but I’d love to have a more grounded guide than my current “make it up as I go” method. I keep my traced out patterns in hanging folders in a filing cabinet.

  32. Lisa G says:

    I currently use carbon paper to trace my patterns onto brown packing paper. It’s slow and the paper certainly isn’t as pluiable as the Swedish tracing paper looks! Thanks to your video, I’m adding STP to my Christmas wish list! My young granddaughters are into dresses right now, so I would get a lot of use out of this book! 🙂

  33. Arran says:

    Liesl Gibson has outdone herself this time. Her book is truly amazing and looks cool, I really liked it a lot. I am going to share this book around the globe. Visit here for more tricks and machine reviews.

  34. whitney says:

    I keep my patterns in a binder with clear sheet protector pockets. I just put the pattern in the pocket and then I can see it and know exactly which pattern is in each pocket.

  35. Hamburg Frau says:

    Im’ mal Lucky enough to be living in northern Germany at the moment and swedish tracing is readily available and inexpensive. In my native Australia is is crazy expensicüve or just not heard of…when I return to OZ I’m going to by a lifetime supply to take home with me!!

  36. Tonia says:

    I sometimes put them in hanging files, but only if I really liked the pattern and thought I would use it again before my daughters outgrew it.

  37. I love Swedish tracing paper, but it was becoming to costly for the number of patterns I was tracing, so I switched to using medical table paper. It works, but it’s not quite as good as the Swedish tracing paper.

  38. Tina says:

    I use Swedish tracing paper to copy my favorite patterns. Thank you.

  39. Aimee says:

    Swedish tracing paper is by far my most beloved sewing supply, especially since I use a lot of Ottobre patterns. I keep my patterns in ziploc bags, mostly–though anything smaller than a manila envelope gets ironed onto butcher paper and stashed in something more substantial!

  40. Robyn says:

    Thank you so much for the tutorial on the Swedish tracing paper and I love the concept of the Building Block Dress as it would be perfect to have to start a ‘sewing history’ for my awesome 2 year old Grandaughter.

  41. Amruta says:

    Great video. Will give it a try. I use freezer paper to trace patterns and store them in folders

  42. Val says:

    I second another poster’s comment – ideas regarding storage of traced off/printed and pieced together patterns would be great. I am just now getting started with sewing and have never used Swedish tracing paper for sewing purposes, but I’m familiar with it, having seen my Mum use it. I am fascinated by the concept behind the Building Block Dress book – I can’t wait to get my hands on the book!

  43. Allison says:

    I’ve used tracing paper in the past, which works well for small pattern pieces. I actually have Swedish tracing paper and haven’t had a chance to use it yet. I’m very excited about this book and know it will be the perfect excuse to bust it out. Thanks for the chance.

  44. Susan says:

    I have never heard of Swedish Tracing Paper. Printed patterns I keep in envelopes in a binder. Purchased commercial patterns I still keep in their original envelopes in a pattern box.

  45. Debra says:

    I have always wanted to try Swedish Tracing Paper, but have not because my husband gave me large rolls of thin tracing paper that Engineers use. I can certainly see how the Swedish Tracing Paper would be better though because regular tracing paper will tear. I sew for my Grandchildren now and would love a copy of The Building Block Dress book. Thanks for the opportunity! Deb

  46. Cathy B. says:

    I too use sheet protectors that can store a picture of the project, directions and pattern. I generally just use tissue paper for the little bit of tracing I do, but will have to look for the Swedish tracing paper.

  47. Emma says:

    This is such a neat looking book!
    When I trace a pattern, I usually tape it to our sliding glass door so the light comes behind it, and then tape my tracing paper over it. It’s kind of difficult, but it works 🙂
    For storing, I fold it neatly and then press with an iron to make it very flat.

  48. TZ says:

    I have been using a roll of the paper used at doctors offices to cover the table. It is lightweight and inexpensive, but tissuelike. Fine for tracing patterns I might use once (then my children outgrow them). The STP seems like a wonderful tool for those patterns I will make over and over. The idea of making a muslin from the pieces might inspire me to actually make a muslin!
    Thank you for sharing this idea.

  49. Christine says:

    I tend to use good old fashioned tracing paper from the office supply store for children’: patterns. if I am preserving an adult pattern, I trace the pattern onto old rolls of wallpaper then roll them up for storage. I find the wallpaper to be really durable yet bulky to store.

  50. Katy M says:

    I use baking paper for tracing but would love to try the Swedish kind!

  51. Charlotte says:

    It never really occurred to me to trace off patterns and save sizes as I’ve been the same size for 15 years, but now I sew more for other people this would be really useful to try!

  52. April says:

    I’m still old-school. I transfer my patterns to brown paper from grocery sacks. Cheap and easy.

  53. Sue Thornborough says:

    I’m about to get back into teaching garment making at an adult ed college after a lengthy gap, so am searching the net for new ideas, equipment and inspiration. Swedish tracing paper looks like a great product. I’ll definately be trying it. Thanks for the blog and the video.

  54. Karen says:

    I have never seen this paper before. But my head is buzzing with ideas on what i can use it for.
    It looks brilliant. Combined with clever idea of building block patterns, this must be the way to go with my sewing. Judging by a comment above I must try it out.

  55. Melissa says:

    I’ve been using my aisle runner from my wedding. It’s similar to Swedish tracing paper (minus some white decorative swirls). I usually only trace patterns if I have to make a lot of alterations or fit adjustments.

  56. Marina says:

    Well I am quite new in terms of sewing and designing. Because of that I am reading posts like this, to learn. If I get I will learn.more 🙂
    Cheers from Catalonia

  57. Anita says:

    I always trace the patters, but I haven’t used Swedish Tracing Paper yet. Would love to try.

  58. Yvette says:

    Swedish tracing paper is worth the investment! I am able to trace the same pattern for my two grand sons and my two grand daughters.

  59. Elizabeth says:

    I love Swedish tracing paper! Once I found it I couldn’t go back to any other way of tracing patterns. I always trace my patterns because I print and tape most of my patterns (ain’t nobody got time for doing that more than once!).

  60. Chris says:

    I have never figured out a great way to store patterns once they are cut. Recently I’ve taken to rolling then up on pieces of pool Noodles.

  61. Ginger says:

    I find PDFs patterns hard to store. I usually fold them and put them in a Manila folder.

  62. Suzanne says:

    I use parchment baking paper.It works just like tracing paper and is only a few dollars for 30 metres at the supermarket. If I decide to keep a pattern I usually place the pieces in a labelled zip lock bag and store these in cute box.

  63. Julia says:

    I love creating children’s clothing, so the book looks intriguing. I have sewn for many years and have used velum to trace pattern pieces, storing the pattern pieces in empty paper towel tubes to reduce creases and tearing. The Swedish Tracing paper looks like it would be a better choice because it is more flexible like fabric yet easy to see through, store and pin. I’m looking forward to experiencing both book and tracing paper!

  64. Susan says:

    I store my patterns in old toilet paper rolls. then I mark the outside of the roll. It works well. Where can you buy Swedish tracing paper?

  65. Amy says:

    When tracing patterns, I’ve used the good ol’ freezer paper, although only one grocery store in my area actually carries it anymore. I have a roll of true pattern-tracing paper, but it’s such a long roll that it’s difficult to actually use. I’m thinking about buying the medical roll paper. I’ve recently adopting the storing technique I saw on the Colette blog, which is using tp or paper towel rolls to hold your patterns together. Just write the name and size on the roll. I have a tall container to put the rolls into.

  66. Karrie Smith says:

    I haven’t used Swedish Tracing Paper, but I’ve used Pellon. I like that you can iron it and it doesn’t tear easily, it’s easy to trace your pattern on and you can make your adjustments on the paper then use it as a hard copy for the future.

  67. Michelle says:

    I have used Swedish tracing paper and it is great. I also use “pattern ease” to trace patterns. I store my patterns in file folders, along with the tracings and then in file boxes. Thank you for reviewing this book. I’d love it for my daughter and nieces!!

  68. Betty Biscuit says:

    I haven’t tried Swedish tracing paper yet, partly because of its price but mainly because I’d started to transfer my favourite traced off patterns to card, before I became aware of its existence. I punch holes in the card pattern pieces (small parts go into a gripseal bag), loop wire through them and store them hung up, which works for me as I like to at least feel organised, or I get muddled!
    I’m attracted to the idea of using STP as a sort of muslin, though, so I’ll probably get round to trying it eventually.
    The book looks interesting – a bit like a children’s version of Tanya Whelan’s ‘Sew many dresses, sew little time’, which I love and would highly recommend.

  69. Gwen says:

    Swedish tracing paper makes for a more efficient pattern transfer and cut out! If I make a pattern, then being able to baste the pieces for accurate fit is very helpful. If I purchase a pattern for toddler, I want to maintain the original in various sizes for continued use. Swedish tracing paper helps me do that.

  70. Lyndalee Korn says:

    I use the lightest weight interfacing to trace. It is not that great for trying on the pattern as it stretches. I would like to try Swedish Tracing Paper. I just heard about it.

  71. Patricia Hersl says:

    I have used the Swedish Tracing Paper but it’s hard to find. Examination table paper has been my substitute for years. First got to try it courtesy of a very friendly nurse at the GYN. Doctor caught us in the act and just shook his head.

  72. Sangeetha says:

    What a great idea for a book. I just read a system recently on storing traced patterna that sounds like it could work. The lady just saved it in an orange office envelope after tracing with the pattern info on the cover. Beats my method of just tossing them in a rolled pile.

    I use a large roll of tracing paper that I got at Dicks or Amazon, and it looks like it may be swedish paper they appear similar

  73. Kellie Warren says:

    I am just trying to figure how to store the things. My husband built me a sewing studio and I am filling it up now, storage is my main priority and concern especially when it comes to patterns so I am looking forward to everyones comments. I previously had hung larger ones with clips in a large empty closet we used to have and carefully folded small and medium ones for drawers. But i was using paper patterns. I love the Swedish Paper Idea!

  74. LC Caldwell says:

    I have two young granddaughters and love the opportunity to win a chance for the book. I had forgotten about Swedish Tracing paper. I usually use freezer paper as I always have that on hand and store my patterns in a plastic sleeve for notebook. I do write the name and size on it. Thanks so much for the chance. I’m always delighted with Liesl patterns.

  75. Marcy says:

    I rarely trace a paper pattern as I try to buy PDF patterns when available and just print a new copy if I need a different size (using the back of once used printer paper). I clip all the pattern pieces together with a small binder clip and hang them from nails on the wall of our walk-in closet. Works well enough and I don’t have to roll or fold them this way. I just look at the directions on the computer while I sew. Also, a friend who’s a nurse gave me some big pieces of fabric like material from her work – it’s the same stuff as those reusable “cloth” bags that you get for free everywhere are made of, but lighter weight. Anyway, I use that stuff for my “muslins” before cutting up my good fabric. STP sounds wonderful, but I’m cheap and my system is almost free!

  76. charlotte says:

    Years ago I made almost all my clothes. I got in to quilting, painting and papercrafts. I loved working with knit. Made t-shirts for everyone! Pants were pretty easy as this was double knit time! But gained weight and I find it hard to fit myself!
    My sewing room is packed! You can go shopping in there if you can find what you want! Lol

  77. Lenna West says:

    I have never heard of Swedish tracing paper but now I am anxious to try it. I have always traced my patterns on freezer paper. The book looks awesome. I have always been a little afraid of trying to be creative with patterns but this book would probably give me the stimulus to do it. I just had my first grandchild 3 months ago and I am anxious to get back sewing for children

  78. melissa says:

    I always trace but usually use freezer paper. I’m going to order some Swedish tracing paper though!

  79. Stephanie says:

    I have not tried this paper, but would be interested in trying it!

  80. Margaret says:

    I haven’t tried using Swedish tracing paper but you make it look like I should be! And that book looks fantastic!! I would love to check it out!

  81. Karen says:

    I found some swedish tracing paper in my husbands stationary stash and used it once. I couldn’t believe how easy it made the multiple alterations I had to make. Then I looked it up online and found the price…back to baking paper or the search for cheap alternatives. This book looks amazing.

  82. Marsha says:

    I bought several rolls of STP more than a year ago, but with the time I waste, printing, cutting and taping PDF patterns, I never seem to have enough energy left over to trace anything. But I really want to do that before I destroy my tissue patterns.

  83. Jennifer You says:

    I haven’t made a ton of clothes but would love to try! The few patterns I have used are usually printed from online so no tracing.

  84. Charlotte E says:

    If I trace I tend to use baking paper as I already have it in the house but I’m sure Swedish tracing paper is far superior. I tend to buy pdf so unless I’m between sizes and need to grade patterns I just cut out the pieces as I know I can always print off more.

  85. CIndy G says:

    I have never traced a pattern because, in the past, I haven’t made a lot of clothing in different sizes. But, I’ve always hated how pattern tissue rips, and I don’t love using copy paper for my PDF patternS after I’ve printed it and taped it together. So, the idea of using Swedish tracing paper to trace the PDF patterns appeals to me!

  86. Emily says:

    Swedish tracing paper looks so much nicer and better then the tracing paper I have been using. So happy to be introduced to this product. Thank you!! Now I need some Swedish tracing paper and the new pattern book so I can get to work!

  87. Tina C. says:

    I always trace my patterns. I’ve never made the investment in Swedish tracing paper, but I’ve used everything from brown paper grocery bags to exam table paper, to extra christmas/gift tissue wrap and paper. I store my patterns in comic book bags with the archival boards, and store them in several short comic book storage boxes. It’s really a great way to organize everything.

  88. Vernagrace says:

    Thanks for the video. I’ve been going to try this for some time. I use mylar and store the pieces in page protectors in binders. Lots of good tips here in the comments, too and last but no means least, the book looks awesome.

  89. Islander_58North says:

    I just use regular tissue paper and, if I like the pattern, copy it on to light cardboard stock for my “hard copy.”

  90. Sarah says:

    I always trace my patterns but I’ve yet to try swedish tracing paper. Usually I use freezer paper because it’s sturdy enough to use over and over and I can iron the pattern piece directly to the fabric. However, it isn’t opaque enough to easily see through while tracing. I’m excited to give swedish tracing paper a try!

  91. Leslie Nowakowski says:

    I purchased a bolt of lightweight interfacing when it was on sale at my local fabric store. From watching your video I would say that the interfacing works in a similar way to the Swedish tracing paper. It is sheer enough to see the pattern beneath and sturdy enough to pin, write on, etc. I store my patterns by folding the pieces and inserting them in a large freezer bag with the first page of the pattern picture on top. Thanks for the video. I always enjoy your weekly sewing ideas and I LOVE Oliver + S patterns!

  92. TinaL says:

    I would love to use tracing paper again l used to do it for children multi size pattern so that I could use them again and stored them in labeled Manila envelopes or large freezer bags. Now I would like to alter pattern to fit me well and I can reuse them.

  93. Athena says:

    I’ve been using regular tracing paper & fusible interfacing: Swedish tracing paper is going to save me a LOT of time! I store patterns & printed instructions/comments/ideas in 6″x9″ clasp envelopes labelled with pattern name & number, where I got it & when, and attach a photo if I have one. Now I’m off to buy some Swedish paper – immediately! – thanks for the great review & video!

  94. Karen C says:

    I tried Swedish Tracing Paper many years ago and wasn’t impressed. I will have to give it a try again. I sew for 4 granddaughters and need to trace different sizes for each one so I do a lot of tracing.

  95. Omotayo says:

    I am a Pinterest junkie so I use anything from parchment paper, wax paper ( can you tell I bake cookies 😉 😉 ) to tracing paper I get from my sister who’s an architect/ artist. I use empty toilet rolls for the large patterns which go into a basket and plastic office clips for the smaller ones and are stored in a folder file.

  96. Melinda Autry says:

    I love the idea that this won’t tear and that you can use the pattern pieces to make a muslin! What I have been using tears too easily. Thanks for sharing! I have The Building Block Dress Book but haven’t had time yet to use it.

  97. Martha says:

    I use something very similar to swedish tracing paper called Pattern Ease by HTC. It isn’t slick like a tracing paper, so not as much pinning and no tearing!

  98. Lucy says:

    Thank you, so good to know! I make clothes for my grand-children, and I use a lot of “nested” patterns that require tracing off, in addition to altering patterns, so I always use baking parchment paper snagged from my kitchen. It works well, but that sucker always wants to roll right back up when you aren’t looking! I store the pieces with the patterns in very large zip-lock bags and the parchment does not like to cooperate and fold neatly. Swedish paper! Google-ing right now……..

  99. Natalia says:

    As I read I wondered about the feasibility of taking the pattern to a copy shop that can handle large sheets and just getting as many copies as you have sizes you want to work in, then cutting those copies into each size. I would love to enter the draw for the book. Thank you!

  100. Amanda says:

    I trace patterns on paper. I always want to be able to go back to the original. If you use the actual pattern and need to alter it for fit, I want the original preserved.

  101. Lisa Taylor says:

    I trace onto freezer paper then iron it onto the fabric but would like to try the Swedish tracing paper. I keep my patterns in file folders and pieces in Manila envelopes.

    I am working on an Oliver & S project right now. I would love to have the book!

  102. Amelie says:

    I second Jennie, I’d love to hear your ideas about storing traces patterns.
    For tracing paper I love using architectural paper. It comes in different weights and sizes on a roll and has the same translucent quality. Here in Munich I buy it at the paper and crafts store next to the architecture faculty. And if I need to trace something and don’t have that handy I resort to plain, flat baking/parchment paper rolls!

  103. Que says:

    I just ordered a roll of swedish tracing paper. I had always saved up the tissue from my dry cleaning to trace patterns, but this is far superior!

  104. Cinnamom says:

    This book looks very inspiring. My sister-in-law would sure make use of it. I store my patterns in plastic bins. I threw some away and sold some on a garage sale a few years ago, and have already regretted it. I can’t be minimalist when it comes to my sewing supplies. I never where the creative process will take me!

  105. laura jacobs says:

    I have used Swedish tracing paper. I love it. It is great having a pattern that I can’t rip by accident.

  106. Liz Anderson says:

    HI – As I sew more clothing projects storing the pattern pieces becomes more of a challenge – particularly if I make a muslin. I have a roll of Swedish tracing paper and truly love it!

  107. BeeDee says:

    I use a plastic drafting tube to store my printed or traced patterns. You don’t end up with fold lines and it’s portable, waterproof and easy to store. I don’t have many patterns so that probably makes it easier to find the one I want though. I love the concept of the book, one book with lots of pattern options so you’re not left trying to figure out how to store all the paper patterns you would previously have needed to get the variety. Great job !!!!

  108. I am in the medical field. Therefor I use medical exam paper to trace all my patterns. I buy it through my work so it is somewhat cheaper than swedish paper, although I’m not sure on the quality difference. I know this is not a new trick, I go through rolls of this stuff and love it. I don’t save my copies just re-trace if I reuse a pattern, which I have to admit is not very often.

  109. Mary Kay Finn says:

    I had forgotten about Swedish tracing paper – I’m off to buy a roll! I use large manila envelopes to store pattern pieces but I like the idea of using clear page protectors in a binder. Thanks for the video!

  110. Holley says:

    I’ve never thought to trace patterns, but it’s a brilliant idea! I would love to be able to adapt my daughter’s favorit dresses over time.

  111. Laura says:

    I bought a giant roll of regular tracing paper and use that for my paper patterns i plan to reuse. My mom bought me some Swedish tracing paper for Christmas, but I’ve yet to try it because it’s so expensive! I just label, fold and store my traced patterns in page protectors in a three ring binder.

  112. Jan Blankenship says:

    I’ve been looking for this type of product with the qualities you describe. I trace all my patterns since there will always be modifications. I’ve been using freezer paper but other than being inexpensive and large (on roll) it’s not too convenient. I’m going to try the STP! It sounds perfect! I do not sew for children but I imagine the techniques in this book would be easily applicable to adult patterns. I’m hoping to learn to make a well-done sloper that I can then modify in the block manner.

  113. fenna says:

    I’ve never tried swedish tracing paper–I just get end rolls from the print shop and either trace or using my tracing wheel to trace, depending on the darkness/color of the lines needing to be traced! I do this for all my patterns, pdfs included. It saves on ink and pricey computer paper.

  114. Sarah J says:

    I’m always a bit put off when I have to trace a pattern, but this tracing paper looks like it could make it so much easier! And if anyone is going to get me to go through the effort its Oliver & S! Love what I’ve seen from this book??

  115. Alana says:

    I just bought my first roll of Swedish tracing paper! I’ve used pellon’s version with good success. I usually store my patterns in manila envelopes in a small filing cabinet. I love Oliver + S patterns, and I’m looking forward to trying this new book!

  116. Sheila Elder says:

    I love Swedish tracing paper. My sister and I sew together. This is our preferred method of tracing. It’s soft so folds away easily. It also comes in bigger rolls so you do not have to tape together.

  117. Carolyn says:

    Wow! This book seems to be amazing with all these possibilities!
    My little One only wears dresses at the moment, to win this book would make her even happier than me!

  118. Denise says:

    I love the idea of Swedish tracing paper and I love the idea of the book! This gives me oodles of ideas for doll clothes. Thanks.

  119. Quinn says:

    I ordered some Swedish Tracing Paper and the roll arrived in a box with no wrapping, so both ends of the roll are dirty-looking. It may just be a lot of dust, but I’m afraid to use the paper on fabric in case the smudges transfer. Can I throw the paper in a gentle wash cycle, do you think? This was an investment for me, a novice sewperson, and now I’m feeling kind of discouraged.

  120. Elinor says:

    I adore Swedish Tracing Paper, and I almost always transfer my clothing and bag patterns onto it before sewing a project. I then store the traced patterns in a manila envelope with the original pattern. I label the envelope and using an old filing cabinet to store them in (when I get around to putting them away!). I often get my Swedish Tracing Paper from Wawak or Amazon. It’s definitely worth the investment! Plus, it’s way easier to work with when cutting out your projects.

  121. Amruta says:

    Great tutorial. Never knew that this product is so versatile. will give it a try. Thank you so much.
    Most of the time I trace my patterns on freezer paper and store them in folders. Have bought True grid by pellon to try lets see how this works. and will order Swedish tracing paper from Amazon.

  122. Marilyn says:

    Use swedish tracing paper and absolutely LOVE it! You can fold it up and then when you want to use the pattern you just iron out the wrinkles!

    I would love a copy of this delightful book I keep hearing about.

  123. Cindy Henderson says:

    I have used wax paper and nonwoven interfacing as well as gridded tracing paper for pattern duplication. I store the pieces for a garment together on a skirt or pant hanger that has clips or folded smaller pieces in large ziplock bags. Now I’m curious about Swedish paper.

  124. Lindsay says:

    When I first started sewing I got into the very bad habit of not tracing my sewing patterns. Fast forward a couple of years and a baby later and I was very disappointed to have to reorder some of my fav patterns because my body had changed and I needed a different size (or grade between sizes). I’m a convert tracer now, even if I’m rushing through that step so I can get onto the fun part, the sewing!

  125. Marisa says:

    Love the look of this book – sounds like a must-have.

    I sew mainly from pattern books and magazines, so I do a LOT of tracing! I store my traced-off patterns in plastic sleeves, then organise the sleeves into folders according to which book/mag they come from.

  126. Orlie Severson says:

    When I have patterns that I really like I press a light weight interfacing to them. This way I can reuse or alter or what ever. I would love to get win this book. I have been looking for a dress pattern for my grand daughter and NOT A THING out there. So this would come in handy. Thank you

  127. Tammy says:

    I should get some Swedish tracing paper! I typically fold my pattern pieces back but on curved lines it isn’t very practical at all. Thanks for the overview of the tracing paper, and for the chance to win!

  128. Patricia says:

    I have always wanted to try using Swedish Tracing Paper, but have never made the investment. I am very fortunate to be married to an amazing man who happens to be able to give me large sheets of Mylar when his company is finished using the technical drawings originally printed on them. Although I have to pay attention when cutting out my patterns, as they often contain a mixture of my tracing lines and the original drawings, the Mylar holds up to years of use. When I finish with a particular pattern, I simply role it up and put an elastic band around it.

  129. Beth says:

    I have just gotten into the habit of tracing sewing patterns because I have been buying more independent designs that I want to keep in good condition. If I buy a Big 4 pattern on sale for a few bucks I don’t bother. I tend to trace patterns onto leftover gift wrapping paper. I lay the pattern over it and use a tracing wheel to transfer the pattern onto the wrapping paper.

    • Janet Baillie says:

      Terrific idea! I have tons of leftover gift wrap and we no longer exchange gifts at Christmas (except to the children). Thanks for posting this suggestion.

      • Janet says:

        Oops. Thought I had to include my last name.

  130. Ashley says:

    I always trace but haven’t tried swedish tracing paper yet. Thanks for the tip! Looks like a great book!

  131. Edna Powers says:

    I love this ideal! The possibilities are endless!! I have so many ideas for that paper. I have two books also that have patterns and I had no way to get the patterns from the books and now you have eliminated my dilemma and I want to thank you for that. Where do you get the Swedish tracing paper at? Thank you, again Edna

    • Kristin says:

      Some independent sewing studios carry it, but I ordered mine on Amazon.

  132. Yadhira Mack says:

    I love the Swedish tracing paper and find incredible… you can sew it and Try it on..

  133. MsVicki says:

    I always trace, but have never tried this paper. Have heard lots about it, thanks for the opportunity to give it a whirl!

  134. Diana says:

    I’ve never heard of Swedish tracing paper! But my mother-in-law scored a roll of some kind of tracing/tissue paper from a builder or architect for me, and it’s been lovely for trying out various patterns, whether I’m modifying a pattern I have or coming up with my own. It’s nice that it’s so thin because it’s compact when you fold it up to store.

    This sounds like a fantastic book, too! I already do this with a girl’s dress pattern I own (Tinny, from Straight Grain–it’s fantastic too!), but it sounds like having an entire book to guide you would be helpful. I recently tried a pattern hack that did NOT work out, so clearly I’m not a pro yet 🙂

  135. Judy H. says:

    I have altered (a bit) commercial patterns over the years. But nothing major. I have a friend who uses the swedish tracing paper and would love a chance to use it.

  136. Kristin M says:

    I love tracing patterns so I don’t have to keep re-printing from the computer, but I need to do better at labeling the sizes that I trace out and the modifications that I make along the way so I can remember the next time I use the pattern!

  137. Char says:

    I have never heard of Swedish tracing paper. Looks similar to a product I used many, many years ago called “Pattern Saver”. I have used light weight interfacing in the past, but this looks more durable for using over and over. Will definitely check it out. Thanks for the tip.

  138. Joy says:

    I ran out of my old roll of pattern paper and have missed it terribly since. This book looks like the motivation I need to get a new roll.

  139. Andrea S. says:

    I own mostly PDF patterns and store them in binders. I have page protector sheets that I label with the pattern name, using washi tape. Any traced version of the pattern gets its own page protector and label. I don’t always print out the instructions, but read them on my iPad if I need a reference for the more complex patterns. I also designed a printout that I fill out each time I make a pattern. It has fabric used, adjustments made, and notes for next time. My system works well for me!

  140. Gina says:

    My experience with making garments is limited to making clothes for babies, but when I do, I use Swedish Tracing Paper. It makes the process so easy!

  141. Linda says:

    Thanks the the video, I’ve never heard of Swedish Tracing paper. I don’t make garments, but I’m sure it can be used in other mediums. Great into to have.

  142. Lee says:

    I am going to give the Swedish tracing paper a try!! Thanks for the review and giveaway of this book!

  143. Kristiina says:

    Besides tracing paper, you can use other materials for pattern copying. I sometimes like using soft clear plastic. That lasts the fitting better, but can be really static. I tape pattern pieces together, fold folds etc. and then try the pattern on. Paper rips easily, but plastic acts more fabric like.

  144. Nique says:

    I keep my patterns in bags in a large plastic bin. Not the best system, but it helps me go through my stash more often.

  145. Jennifer says:

    This sounds like a fascinating book! As someone who has only tried the simplest clothing projects, I would love some help with figuring out all the parts! Thanks for sharing this!

  146. Jennie says:

    Would love ideas for storing traced off patterns I keep mine in plastic sleeves inside a basket but I’m not sure it’s the best way. Also I tend to use baking paper as our local fabric store us very basic one day I’ll track down some Swedish paper.

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