I used up my roll of butcher paper that I use to trace patterns so it was time to go buy some more. I get my paper at a restaurant supply store near my home. The paper comes in big rolls and is not a cheap purchase depending on the width of the paper, but these are BIG rolls of paper and will last a long, long time. I don’t even remember when I got the old roll, but it has to be more than 5 years ago. I also have a very wide roll for bigger projects, but I am afraid it will fall on someone so I keep it tucked away in the corner behind a table. I’m going to have to come up with a better storage solution because it is hard to access. I also keep a smaller roll on the floor of the sewing room, and that is the one I replaced today:
This roll is 18″ wide and 1300 feet long. It cost about $35 which ends up being a little over 8 cents a yard. I notice that the paper is a little lighter in thickness than the paper used to be, but in this economy a lot of products are smaller/thinner/skimpier than they used to be. For my purposes this is a good change since my only complaint about the paper before was that it was a little stiffer than necessary, and now it isn’t. I don’t know what butchers think about this, but it works for me. Here’s what the label on the roll looks like:
The paper isn’t really thin enough to see through, so when I trace patterns, I put the pattern on the top of the paper and trace the lines with a Flair pen. The ink soaks through enough so that it transfer the lines to the butcher paper underneath.
Here is my completed blouse pattern traced off onto the butcher paper and ready for the first tryout. I only get the urge to trace off patterns once in awhile, so I have to hurry and do a few before the mojo evaporates. I also want to trace a tank top and a sweater cardigan so I can make twin sets.