I begin by tracing my pattern pieces onto Pellon's Shir-Tailor 950F fusible interfacing with a fine point Sharpie, including the dashed lines. The dashed lines indicate where that piece lies under another. Why fusible interfacing instead of fusible web you might ask. My response would be a list that runs like this: 1) keeps the applique pliable rather than the stiffness of fusible web, especially when building layer on top of layer; 2) is less expensive than fusible web; 3) easier to play with pattern piece placement (especially important when designing); 4) doesn't dull needle when satin stitching like fusible web; 5) great stitching stabilizer (keeps fabric from puckering); and, 6) stitching is smoother - layers of fusible web can cause skipped stitches - not pretty when satin stitching.
When tracing is done, I rough cut around the fusible interfacing pattern pieces, leaving approximately 1/8" to 1/4" of interfacing from drawn line. Without using steam, press the interfacing onto the wrong side of the appropriate fabric for approximately 5 seconds.
When cool, cut out pattern pieces directly on drawn line. You may have noticed there are no tail or wing feathers. I will go over how to prepare these "dimensional" pieces next time.
Until next time,