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Assembling a PDF pattern

How-toCoralie Grillet

Technologie makes a lot of things possible today and one of the greatest revolution for the sewing community is the access to Print-at-Home patterns in PDF format.

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A Print-at-Home pattern means no more having to wait for a trip to the haberdashery to find your next make, sewing bliss is just a clic away.
Every one of our sewing patterns is available in PDF format which in addition to be an instant download, means that the pattern is broken into printable pages (compatible with A4 and international size) and can be easily printed at home. Because there's a few steps necessary to have your pattern ready to cut, in this post we'll talk about how to assemble your printed pages and turn them into a full size sheet.

The first step is to print the pattern file and make sure your printer isn't resizing anything. To do so, tick the box "actual size" or "size 100%" before printing. 

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On the first page, you can check the accuracy of the size with a test square which should measure 10 cm. If it does, perfect! You can print the rest of the pattern and are ready to assemble.

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If not, return to your printer's settings and make sure the sizing is correct.

Now it's time to take out a pair of scissors and some tape. Also, it's a good idea to have the instruction booklet ready. In it, you'll find a layout of the final assembled pattern, so you could visualise show it's supposed to look once taped together.

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On each pages you'll find two different kinds of guides. Half squares with numbers on the vertical edges and letters horizontally.
Your goal is to make the corresponding squares match. 
On the first page, start with the number 1. Align the second page so the two 1s form a square. In order to align them properly, you'll have to cut along the left edge of the second tile.

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Then tape them together. 

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Repeat with the next few pages until there's no more letter boxes on the vertical edge. This will mean you have to continue on the second row starting below the very first page.
On the first page of the second row, you'll find a half square with a letter on the top tile. As you did with the vertical edges, cut the top portion of the tile to align the letters together.

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Then continuing with the second row pages, you'll have to cut the top and the left edges of each tile before taping them together.

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Continue in this manner until you have assembled all the rows together and there's no more letter boxes on the bottom of the tiles.
Check your result with the layout in the instruction booklet and if it looks similar, congratulations! Your pattern is assembled. 

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You can now either cut the size you need or keep the pattern whole for futur makes or possible adjustments. If you choose the second option, simple copy the required pieces on some tracing paper.
Now, the only thing left to do it to have fun sewing your garment!

Enjoy!