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Picture of Adding Seam Allowance to a Pattern in CorelDRAW
I draft my patterns without seam allowance to start, then add it after I'm sure I've got the pattern right.  Here's an easy way to add seam allowances to an existing pattern piece in CorelDRAW.  I did this using the software at TechShop Menlo Park.

Step 1: Start with One Object Outline

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Work with one pattern piece at a time.  If all your pieces are on one page, do each of them one by one.  Each pattern piece should be one object with a single unified outline, rather than just a collection of lines or objects.  If your pattern piece is a bunch of connected objects, use the  Create Boundary icon to create a new object that has the same exact outline as your connected objects.  Move it to the side, delete the original collection of objects, then move your new object back into place.  You're ready to begin!

Step 2: Select Object and Contour tool

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Select your pattern piece.  (Please disregard the additional text and line elements that have suddenly appeared between the last step and the next; they are of no consequence for this instructable)

On the left side of your screen, find the Contour tool and select it.  (See photo for location)

Step 3: Apply Contour, Set Seam Allowance Width

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Near the top center of your screen, select the icon for an Outside Contour (see photo for location).  This will create a new object that surrounds your original one.  The distance between the two probably isn't correct, so adjust the spacing in the Contour Offset Box  (see second photo for location).  I've set mine to have a seam allowance of 1/2", but you could use 5/8" or whatever you choose.
 
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