A Quick Guide to the Assembly of Large PDF Patterns Printed On Tiled A4 or Letter Size Paper.
On some of the larger vintage sewing patterns, I have provided options for you in the assembly process.
With some of the Victorian and vintage skirt patterns, there is a lot of fabric to pleat and gather, so the pattern pieces are quite large.
If the pattern is an irregular shape I have tiled the whole pattern: but when the rest of the pattern is simply a square shape I have cut down the larger pattern pieces.
Many of the skirts and bustles are large squares with all the detail coming from the pleats, swags and gathers.
So the lower part of the pattern can be marked directly onto your mock-up fabric, then again onto your main fabric pieces when adjustments have been made.
This is the right side of a Victorian wrap over dress, on each lower corner of the skirt pattern pieces I have labelled by how many centimetres the piece needs extending.
Simply follow the pattern edge line and mark the fabric at the stated length.
All measurements on the patterns are in centimetres and the lines to start to measure from are in red to be clear.
If this Parisien Victorian full-length wrap overdress was printed in full for a middle size 40″ bust there are 72 pages of either A4 or Letter paper to print.
Using this method there are only 36 pieces to print.
I know some people think PDF tiling a hassle, but a pack of 55 sheets economy paper can be as little as $3 – instantly available and reducing the need for postage transit vehicules / air freight etc.
Simply showing the marking of the left side the same, the pattern files have a minature picture to show how all the pieces look in full so no errors or misunderstandings.
This piece has been turned over so I have transferred the line and the measurements to the back plain side of sewing pattern and continue exactly the same.