A feature in our local newspaper

PDF patterns are breaking traditional boundaries in the sewing community. PDF patterns are sewing patterns designed digitally, and then divided up over several A4 pages, so that you can print it out at home.

No longer do you only have the choice of the big pattern companies such as Simplicity and Burda, but with Independent designers, you can purchase sewing patterns from the clothing designers that inspire you. This also goes for soft toys, bags and purses, knitting and quilting patterns.

You might wonder how you could ever print out a shirt pattern at home! For a garment, all the pattern pieces are laid out to best fit around each other, say, on an A0 sized sheet. This is then divided into A4 pages, a page border is added, and a numbering system. Once you have printed out your pattern, you paste all the pages together, like puzzle. From there you can cut out the pattern and get sewing.

PDF patterns are a great way to learn how to sew, as they come with a tutorial or illustrated instructions.

In previous years, you would have had to plan a trip to the fabric stores to get your supplies. These days, you can shop your supplies from home, via the Internet. Take a look at my first set of PDF patterns, which I have developed over the years as a fashion designer and teaching sewing.