|[ the Front pattern piece ]|
I am using the Front piece of my pleated skirt and trusty, old brown packing paper to demonstrate. This is a good example because there's a lot of markings to transfer. So here's how I do it, step-by-step:
1. Pin the pattern piece, right side up, to your paper. I don't want to ruin the tissue paper so I use a minimum amount of pins. One to three pins usually works for me.
|[ the pattern pinned down ]|
2. Mark the outer cutting lines of the pattern by drawing dash lines around the pattern's entire perimeter. Make them close enough so you know where to cut with your scissors. I used to trace using a solid line, but really, that took me forever! Dash lines work just fine.
|[ drawing dashed lines along the cutting edges of the pattern ]|
3. Now its time to transfer those markings. I do it without the use of a tracing wheel because I don't want to leave indentations in the tissue. My goal is to leave the pattern tissue in the same state in which I began.
For for straight of grain line and markings like dots, I fold back the tissue and come in with my pencil.
|[ folding back the tissue and marking the dot with a pencil ]|
|[ extending the pleat lines and numbering them ]|
|[ the pattern extends past my longest ruler--my rotary cutter ruler ]|
|[ drawing a couple dashed lines along the tape ]|