PDF patterns & excel files part 2

Part two of tutorial on how to understand and print out PDF patterns.
Waspie pattern I’ve chosen as an example can be picked up for free.

free waspie pattern anna
— PDF pattern printing —

Lets get to the business of printing. Find the printer icon on the top left corner and click on it.
It will open up the (Print) window.

Adjust the general printing properties such as selecting the proper device, number of copies, color of the print as well as the print quality.

Select (Poster) option under the (Page Sizing & Handling). This option makes it possible to print out large images, such as this one, in its full size using your regular home printer because it automatically cuts the large image into small pieces that fit the paper format used by your printer.

Leave (tile scale) at 100% and (page overlap) at 0,005 inches and turn on the (cut marks) option.

Cut marks make it clearer where two papers should connect.

All that is left at this point is to feed your printer with some paper and hit that (Print) button.

— Printing & paper —

You can use the plainest paper available but you can also try heavier  stuff like card-stock, if your printer can handle it, to create stiff and durable patterns.

— Basic Excel size chart elements—

Excel file has two separate measurement charts.
On the left for even and on right for uneven sizes. they correspond with the even and uneven size nests of the PDF patterns.

Different patterns will have more or less circumference measurements depending on the pattern corset style and because we are looking at a size chart for a waspie corset, there are only three circumferences.

Let’s concentrate on the left chart for examples of chart elements.

Center gray column contains the letter codes for sizes along with rounded corset waist measurement that they are based on.

Detailed size measurements in centimeters are placed on the left side of the gray column while the right is reserved for the same measurements in inches.

Conversion from metric to imperial system made all the results in inches look funny, they are fairly precise.

With the amount of information in the size charts and with the total of 31 standard sizes to chose from, it should be fairly easy to find the size that would fit you quite well.

These size charts combined with horizontal and vertical utility lines also make it very easy to manipulate your pattern for a more custom fit.

— Excel size chart printing —

To print out the size charts, click on (File) in the top left corner.
Find the option (Print) on the left side line and click that as well.

Choose the amount of copies you wish to print together with the printing device and general printing properties.

One chart fits one paper of A4 format with landscape orientation and you can check the fit in the preview window shown on the right side.

As always, give your printer some paper and hit that (Print) button!

At this point, you should have everything ready for the next stage.

Preparation, gluing and cutting will be covered in a future tutorial so be sure to check it out when it goes live.