Home printing patterns are great because you can get them instantly and they often come cheaper. I have been working with pdf patterns for my June and August dress. They should indeed be called “self printing and cutting and sticking patterns” because this is basically all the work you need to do before you can actually start with the sewing stuff. I picked some tips along the way to make the process a bit smoother and I would like to share them with you today.
1 – Think before you buy
Is the pattern available in your usual paper size? This is not a rhetorical question dude. You see basically European use A4 paper whereas US are more keen on Letter size. Some pattern sellers will offer several option, some don’t and other don’t even mention what size the pattern prints to. As size and ration are of the uttermost importance here make sure it will work for your printer/paper, ask the pattern provider if in doubt.
2 – Make time for the sticky session
It can take up to one hour to assemble a pattern, don’t expect to start a project anytime soon if you “just need to” pick and pay a pattern, print out and assemble. If your factor assembling time in your schedule you’re less likely to get frustrated with the overall project time.
3 – Make sure you have enough sticky tape
You’ll be using a lot of sticky tape to assemble the pieces. If you run out before you’re done you will hate yourself, the pattern and the Universe.
4 – Use a sticky tape that can be removed with out tearing
If you want to be as precise as possible you may have to adjust some seams and then you don’t want the paper to tear. Don’t press to hard on the tape until you’re sure everything is in its definitive place. I have found the 3M Scotch Magic Tape to be very good (and I don’t own any share in this company).
5 – Work on a flat and elevated surface
A dining table or similar surface is ideal. Surfaces like carpet tend to make the paper sheets slide and precise assembling almost impossible. Also if you work on the floor it could get uncomfortable, like a long tricky stretching session).