I guess I am always looking for ways to get the most “bang for my bucks”!! Here’s another way in which I utilize the most out of a multi-sized child’s pattern.
If you have a rather simplistic pattern (one without a lot of curves or very small details) this procedure works nicely. Great for shorts, pants, pjs, etc.
What I do is cut out the largest size on the pattern and make some small cuts along the curved edges of the pattern. For example, if I am cutting out a short pattern, I would make a few cuts/clips into the pattern piece itself right along the crotch line area.
Next I have my iron hot (cotton setting) and ready. Then all I do is fold over the edges to the size I want to cut out and iron in place. As my child grows and I need the next size on the pattern piece, I repress it out completely and then fold over the edges again to the new size and press in place.
This also works great if the pattern is two designs, say for long pants and shorts. Again, just press up the extra pattern piece for the pants and iron in place and cut out for the shorts. Then press out again for the full size if you decide to make the long pants. Curved edges are the most tricky, that is why I suggest making a few clips/cuts along that edge so you can fold over that part of the pattern smoothly.
The tissue paper that patterns are made from is pretty durable and will handle multiple ironing and resizing as long as you are somewhat careful especially around those places where you have made clips to accommodate for the curves.
You will get a lot of mileage out of your multi-sized patterns and really be able to use all the different sizes that come with that one pattern!!
TIP: When cutting out patterns, use scissors that are meant for paper, not your good, sharp fabric scissors. The paper will eventually dull your scissor blades and make it difficult when cutting fabric.