Have you started using downloaded sewing patterns that you print at home? Many new indie pattern designers are using this platform for distributing their patterns. When I have a choice I generally go the old-fashioned way and get the pattern already printed in a pretty little envelope. But there are times when I want the pattern now and there are times when a really great pattern only comes as a download.
I am working on the Grainline Archer. For $10.50 it's a steal. And I'm sure I'll love it once I tape together the pages and get a usable pattern together.
I came up with this little trick while I was cutting the pages.
Before I figured out this trick I decided the best way to put it together is to cut the edges off one long and one short edge of each page then overlap the pages. I tried using my paper cutter, but that wasn't working because the edges weren't always quite straight. I was getting tired of using the scissors on each edge, so I came up with this compromise.
In step 2 you can see that I've cut off three corners which surround the 2 edges I need to trim.
In step 3 you see that I've lined up the line on the edge of the pattern with the line on the paper cutter.
Step 4 shows what the edge looks like after it's trimmed.
Step 5 shows the trimmed page ready to be taped into the giant conglomerate of pattern pages.
Just repeat these steps about 64 times and you've got a pattern ready to be traced.
I'm not sure this is genius, but it's the best I've got.
Labels: Grainline, Sewing, Sewing Patterns, Tips and Tricks