Printing & assembling patterns

skater_dress_essential_detailsMy current project is the Lady Skater dress and it’s going to be brilliant red for this months sewing challenge on the Monthly Stitch.  But I felt the need to have a little moan. Or vent my frustration at printing and assembling patterns myself.

Until this pattern I have always steered clear of patterns that require me to print them myself.  For starters I don’t really like using patterns printed on paper – I’m too lazy to copy them onto tissue paper and without doing that they are a challenge to pin to fabric. But I’m aware that as far as challenges go, that’s just me being lazy.

Second it always seemed like quite a faff. Printing. Matching lines. Taping pieces. A faff. But again that’s just a bit of laziness on my part.

So I decided I needed to get over it. Or rather my desire to make the Lady Skater dress overruled my distaste for printing and assembling a pattern myself. So last night after work I put my fabric in the wash and pulled out the pattern pieces. Putting together the pieces is like doing a puzzle. I kinda enjoyed cutting it out and taping the pieces together actually. That was until they didn’t fit together quite right. So I pulled them all apart and tried again. Upon closer examination obviously during printing there was some issue with scaling or something. Which was a bit grrrr seeing as I spent about 2 hours cutting the pieces and carefully putting them together.

So that’s a third reason I don’t like printing and assembling patterns – the danger of screwed up print jobs. I mean there are going to be enough opportunities for me to mess up shape and fit when I actually come to cut my fabric and sew the dress. I don’t need any help from a not properly scaled pattern.

This evening I thought I’d try again. I reprinted the pattern and then got out my x-acto knife, cause I was going to be EXACT. Mmmmm.

Well in the end all the pieces are fit together, though there are a few anomalies. But there is no way I’m going to be cutting out my fabric tonight. Note to self: you like what you like, avoid printing and assembling patterns yourself.

That’s it. Thanks for reading my little groan. I always feel better after a little bitch, don’t you?


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