Pages to read before using the patterns:
- printing and assembling the patterns,
- size sheets,
- simple adaptions of the patterns,
- calculating amount of fabric needed,
- making a sample garment,
- examples of how to make the most of the patterns,
- tips on more useful adaptations.
Printing and assembling the patterns
All the sizes are together on one pattern. This is then divided into A4-paper for printing.
When they are printed they come out with a 2 cm marked border. It is very important that the border is exactly the right size (check your printer’s settings) otherwise the pattern will be wrong. Make a test print first!
Each pattern print-out has a label which states the following:
– what the pattern piece is, (in this example) “Women’s Jacket 1″
– which part of this pattern it is, here “Front”
– how many pieces there are to this pattern and which piece this is in that sequence, “(1 of 8)”, meaning there are eight pieces in the group and this is piece number one.
The pattern layouts show how the A4 paper print outs join together. The numbers refer to the numbers on the print outs and the layouts also show if the print outs lay vertically or horizontally.
Page 1 of every group of the print outs has the sizes on it. But through the whole project the patterns are colour coded as follows.
As well as the pattern print outs, you will need a ruler, pencil, scissors and sticky tape. If you want to make greater use of your patterns, then tracing paper is also needed. A roll of non-greased sandwich paper works as a great, inexpensive tracing paper.
Simply rule a line along the markers of the border and then cut it off.
Now you just line up the border marking points and tape the pieces together.
Then lay the tracing paper over the pattern and trace out your size.
You can make any necessary changes
Now you have a hard copy of all the sizes. And a copy of your own size which you can cut out and use.
Some pattern pieces are printed in such a way that a single print will need to be cut and divided and put back together in a different way. Cut along the dotted line, and remove the required borders, then join with tape like the other pattern pieces. then make a copy of your size with the tracing paper.