Very heartening that we had several useful responses to Rita’s challenge. Refreshing your memory, she asked how you could split the overlap on a draft without tracing one side onto the next. First out of the chute was Heidi who said:
You cut into the overlapping that it looks like a shark bite . But the teeth are not sharp they are flat at the top (that is the side seam) . So you get the whole seam contour and can interpolate at each side what is missing.
Anir concurs -as does Brina who provided a link to a series of sketches illustrating the concept. At right is one of her sketches. The solution which Rita provided is also available. If you’re not certain what you’re looking at, perhaps this image that I modified from Brina’s will be helpful.
Susan provided an alternative idea -which although it violates the rule of tracing- could be solution for you depending on your working preferences. Susan said:
Tape a piece of pattern paper over the overlap. Cut one side seam in the new layer only. Flip it back out of the way and cut the other side seam in the original paper.
Paul and Mario suggested starting a draft with enough gap between the two to avoid the problem entirely.
I don’t do much side to side drafting like this (or haven’t since I got out of school) but when I have, I’ve used two separate sheets of paper. I don’t like working with a large draft mostly because I’m a weenie. With a large draft, the rulers and your hands skim the pencil lines, the graphite musses and dirties the draft. Then your rulers are dirty and muss up anything else you’re doing unless you go and wash them (like I do all too often). Like I said, weenie. I ink in all lines I’m keeping and erase all the pencil because I like pretty patterns. The only notation I keep in pencil are grade rules in the corners. I also erase along all cut lines.
OT: I didn’t always make pretty patterns, I never really thought of it but I had one supervisor early on who was a bear about it. Or not a bear exactly but she did one thing that ensured I’d follow suit. She recut and re-lined every piece I made. She only had to do it once, that was enough for me to get the hint. Pattern makers typically can’t bear waste. It was embarrassing to me that she remade my pattern so of course, I made sure she wouldn’t ever have to do it again and now it’s a habit.