If you’ve not used a digital or PDF sewing pattern before, then this short video will show you how to
- Select only the sizes you want to use, and make the other sizes magically disappear!
- Test the scaling of the pattern so that your printed pattern is the perfect size
- Assemble the pages to form the pattern pieces
All Octavia patterns are available in PDF format for both A4 and US Letter paper sizes. We always spend a little extra time making sure that we use as few pages as possible and that the pattern pieces are broken across pages in a way that’s easy to put together. However, with large pattern pieces this isn’t always possible, or the most efficient for all sizes. We know that a lot of people like to grade between sizes, so we chose to keep the sizes nested and work around that.
Whilst printing your own patterns doesn’t have the romance of a beautiful enveloped pattern, it allows dressmakers across the world to access patterns from more independent designers – and have them right away! Sure, it’s a little extra work, but it’s cheaper, faster and often more convenient – so if you haven’t tried buying patterns this way before, give it a go!