PDF pattern preparation part 1

To start things off, CLICK HERE to check out the PDF printing tutorial if you’ve missed it.

You can also download the free corset waspie pattern I’m using as an example.

free waspie pattern anna
–Starting out–

To start… you will need:

Some type of pencil or pen, a long ruler, adhesive of your choice in tape or stick format and some type of cutting tool like scissors or a box-cutter.

While a notcher if handy, it’s not essential.
Also, it’s highly recommended to use a cutting surface to protect your table if you decide to use a box-cutter.
I would also recommend a French curve for working with the more advanced pattern manipulation.

Look at the paper corners, they have small cross like marks and those let you know where papers should connect to complete your large picture.

It is easier to work with printed parts if we fully join those cutting marks as it becomes very obvious where to connect those super thin pattern lines.

–Preparing print outs–

First option for removing excess paper is to simply fold them. It is very quick to do and you never remove paper so you can fix it if you make a mistake.

There is always the option of cutting on the drawn line with scissors but you do have to have a pretty steady hand for good results.

My personal favorite is definitely a box-cutter.
Cutting is very easy and fast but more importantly, very precise.
On the down side, you do need a sturdy ruler and a cutting surface to prevent damage to your table… unless, you hate your table.

–Joining print outs–

For methods of attaching papers together, adhesive tape is easy to use and isn’t very messy. It allows for error if you gently work with it because you can unstick it if you aren’t happy with the result and try again.
A definite down side is having to glue down both sides of the paper connection to prevent the pieces from separating later on.

Paper adhesive in stick format can also be used. Most are water based and can be easily removed from tables, clothing etc.
True, it can easily become very messy but with a bit of patience, it does work very well, especially on thicker paper.

–Measure twice, cut once–

To start, first join paper pieces that have modesty panel on them and check the size of your print out by measuring the 4inch or 10 centimeter lines.
Use a ruler for measuring not a tailors tape ’cause it can change it’s size with use and not be very precise because of it.

In the unfortunate event that the print out is not right, you will have to check and adjust printing setting and print again.
There is no option of printing only a portion of the large picture in (Poster) option.

Printer should start by printing the modesty panel pages first so you should be able to cancel printing when you have what you need to measure.

If everything is going well, your paper piece might become to long to work with it and it’s not a bad idea to start roughly cutting it into parts to make it easier to use