Sew Liberated’s digital patterns come with an instructions file and a couple options for printing the full-size pattern pieces.
The first option for printing the pattern pieces is to send the “PRINT-SHOP” large-format PDF formats to a commercial print shop. The alternative is to print the “PRINT-AT-HOME” PDF yourself, assembling the smaller pages together with tape or a glue stick.
Print Shop (Large Format Printing)
If you get your pattern printed at a local copy shop, ask about the cost first, so you aren’t surprised later. Ask them to print at 100% with no scaling or tiling. You should use the test square on the pattern page to check their work.
For a reliably less-expensive option, please consider getting your digital pattern printed through Patternsy, Sew YYC, Brooklyn Motif Printing, or PDF Plotting instead! Patternsy is in the UK and ships to the US and internationally, SewYYC is in Canada, and Brooklyn Motif and PDF Plotting are in the US.
Our most recent patterns include colored sizing lines and the ability to print only the sizes you need. Patternsy is an attractive option for color prints, since they print in color at no extra cost. Both SewYYC and Patternsy will print specific sizes for you. (We recommend printing at least three sizes, so you can make sizing adjustments. More details on this below.)
To place an order, you’ll first need to download the “PRINT-SHOP” digital pattern file.
Then, determine the size and number of the pages you will be printing. All of Sew Liberated’s “PRINT-SHOP” PDF files are either the standard A0 or A1 size, or a 36”-wide version. The page size is stated in the pattern’s file name, for example, the “PRINT-SHOP-Lichen-36×125” PDF is 36 inches by 125 inches long. The page size is also specified at the beginning of the pattern instructions. (Again, Patternsy, SewYYC, and PDFPlotting are familiar with our patterns, so should be able to fulfill your order easily.)
Finally, you will place your order and upload the “PRINT-SHOP” file to whichever print shop you choose.
Patternsy has a page dedicated to printing Sew Liberated patterns here. Brooklyn Motif also lists all Sew Liberated patterns. SewYYC has some great instructions here. And we have a tutorial on printing with PDF Plotting here. Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or run into problems.
Print at Home Option
Download your PRINT-AT-HOME file and open it using the free Adobe Reader program (download here.) Opening your file in your browser’s default program can result in scaling issues! Make sure to select “Actual Size” , and DO NOT SELECT “Fit”.
Print the first page of the PRINT-AT-HOME file at 100% with no page scaling, and measure the test box. If it is not the right size, adjust your printer settings, in particular being sure that ‘Page Scaling’ is set to ‘None’.
Once you have the correct page scaling, print the entire PRINT-AT-HOME file.
To assemble, line up the labeled diamonds as shown above.
Fold back or cut one page’s margin and slide the other page behind it. You can tape or use a glue stick to affix the pattern pages to one another.
Your assembled pattern sheet should look like a big version of the diagram to the right:
Advanced: Printing Only Specific Sizes
Beginning with the Lichen Duster, our pattern piece PDFs are layered, so you can print only the sizes you need. This is a slightly advanced technique that helps to cut down on the number of lines on your pattern sheets, making it easier to see the lines for your size.
We highly recommend always including at least the size above and below your target size, so you can more easily make sizing adjustments as you fit your garment to your body. If your measurements don’t fall within a single size (which is very common!), be sure to print a range of sizes that covers all parts of your body. For example, if you are a 22 in the hips but a 26 in the bust, we recommend that you print out sizes 20 – 28.
If you would like to print particular sizes at home, you can hide other sizes in the PRINT-AT-HOME PDF using the layers feature of Adobe Reader.
If you have any other suggestions on how to best print PDF patterns, let everyone know in the comments below! And of course, if you need any extra help, please don’t hesitate to write us at email@example.com. We’re here for you!