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New Downloadable Patterns from Maria Denmark and Sis Boom!By DianeSev on 9/18/12 12:19 PM

Digital (or downloadable) patterns are becoming so popular for several reasons. 

One, you don’t have to leave the comfort of your home to get that pattern you want right now.  Two, they’re usually less expensive than traditional paper patterns.  And three, designers often provide free downloadable patterns for their faithful customers.  There are more good reasons to buy digital patterns, of course, but we'll let you discover those for yourself.

Here are a few new digital patterns available on PR (and there are some freebies!).  Try them and see how you like them.  They're sure to become a new favorite way to buy patterns!

 

From Maria DenmarkMaria Denmark...

Maria Denmark 201 Yasmin Yoke Skirt Downloadable Pattern

Maria Denmark 201 Yasmin Yoke Skirt Downloadable Pattern

Cute A-line shaped yoke skirt in two lengths, with curved front pockets. This skirt is perfect for everyday wear. The skirt is designed to sit at the belly button and the yoke keeps any tummy fluff in.

The shorter length, which ends just above the knees (47 cm in size 38), is designed to look great to wear with flat shoes, such as ballet flats or boots - great for a day at the market, for shopping or for chasing the kids around.

The longer length that ends just below the knees (54 cm in size 38) looks great with heels. It's a true staple for a day at the office or for going out for lunch.

The skirt closes at centre back with an invisible zipper.

 

Free, from Maria Denmark:

Maria Denmark 101 Kirsten Kimono Tee Downloadable Pattern

Free Pattern! Maria Denmark 101 Kirsten Kimono Tee Downloadable Pattern

 

See more patterns from the Maria Denmark catalog!

 

 

Now, from Sis BoomSis Boom...

 

Sis Boom Rebecca Dress Downloadable Pattern

Sis Boom Rebecca Dress Downloadable Pattern

This Misses' Dress with notched neckline, dropped waist, semi-fitted skirt and princess seam bodice is perfect for so many occasions.

 

 

Sis Boom Tommy Boxers Downloadable Pattern

Sis Boom Tommy Boxers Downloadable Pattern

Sew these Misses’ or Men’s Boxer Shorts with single piece seat construction in a fun fabric!

 

 

Bosco Bowtie Downloadable Pattern

Free Pattern! Sis Boom Bosco Bowtie Downloadable Pattern

 

Sis Boom Frayed Rosette Downloadable Pattern

Free Pattern! Sis Boom Frayed Rosette Downloadable Pattern

 

See more patterns from the Sis Boom Catalog!

 

See all the downloadable patterns on PR!

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PostMuse said...
I love the downloadable patterns because I have ALL the sizes, whenever I need them. No more having to by the same pattern over again because I need three different sizes for my three different size granddaughters. One commenter mentioned she traces the patterns on interfacing-like material, which sounds perfect. I considered myself an intermediate sewist until I started reading this site a few days ago (through tears as I couldn't figure out how to construct a simple pinafore for a costume!) and now I think I'm more advanced beginner. Tidbits like the interfacing pattern will help me towards that Intermediate level!
10/3/12 9:32 AM
teresa ann said...
Are downloadable patterns environmentally friendly, who is to say. I do know that it can't be easy getting patterns commercially printed and out there for the public to buy. This method allows up and coming designers to get their patterns directly to the buyer with little overhead, and know one dictating to them what sizing chart they must use, etc. Yes, you have to use your printer to print them, but that is what a printer is for and printers now a days are pretty cheap. Plus if you mess up altering your pattern you can reprint it, you don't have to wait for a sale on patterns at your local fabric store. I like the idea of supporting independent pattern-makers. In my opinion we sewers get a bargain with ready-made patterns no matter the cost. If you don't think so try drafting your own patterns.
10/2/12 8:06 PM
LauraJ said...
With the downloadable patterns, I don't cut the pattern apart after I've taped it together, but rather trace it onto interfacing type material and double check sizing, etc. Which I do with the commercial patterns anyways. So it's no more work either way. I also took one on a flash drive and had it printed on the big printer at Staples. That wasn't very expensive and it's already together for me to trace off. I did a shrug this way that I'm going to make for my upcoming wedding. Hopefully, I'll get time to post it. I usually forget to take pictures!
10/2/12 6:55 PM
crystalwoods said...
I just looked through the Sis Boom patterns sold here on PR. While they look nice, it is hard to really tell with the unfortunate banner across each picture, and no line drawings. The ones that have been reviewed here allowed me to see the garment better in the reviewers photos. I have used a few downloadable patterns and I like the "instant gratification" of the purchase, but a large surface and patience is needed to piece it all together, I then trace it onto swedish tracing paper so it is more manageable and I can cut it with my fabric scissors.
9/26/12 11:43 PM
crystalwoods said...
I just looked through the Sis Boom patterns sold here on PR. While they look nice, it is hard to really tell with the unfortunate banner across each picture, and no line drawings. The ones that have been reviewed here allowed me to see the garment better in the reviewers photos. I have used a few downloadable patterns and I like the "instant gratification" of the purchase, but a large flat surface, or the living room floor and patience is needed to piece it all together, I then trace it onto swedish tracing paper so it is more manageable and I can cut it with my fabric scissors.
9/26/12 11:41 PM
ell-in-or said...
It's good to have options since others seem to really like them. I can't stand them. It drives me crazy to tape all the bits together. Plus then I make pattern adjustments = more paper and tape. If I ever want to use the thing again, I have to trace it off onto big paper so that I can cut it out (again) and put it in an envelope - that I have to go to a store and buy. No thanks. My time is worth way more. I'm sure they're fine for a little pattern like a dress for a 2 year old or a simple handbag, but not clothes.
9/25/12 0:41 AM
muximaus said...
I have purchased almost all the Sis Boom patterns and I love them! If you are not penny pinching they are wonderful. It's so much easier to just print the sizes you need and you get a broad range of sizes with one download, usually XS-3X. They are much simpler to read and handle. The Sis Boom patterns also give you illustrated step by step instructions perfect for the beginning seamstress. I highly recommend them!
9/24/12 12:09 PM
LizJaneB said...
I've actually made the Yasmin Yoke Skirt (just have to hem and photograph it). It's a fabulous pattern. The pattern itself is only 12 pages. I was stunned and think its awesome value. I live in Australia and we simply never get printed patterns for $.99. The cheapest is half price and when the average pattern is $18 or so, it's hardly a bargain. Yes you can buy online but the international shipping costs are around $25. I often don't print the instructions. I just read them on my iPad or computer as I sew.
9/24/12 9:49 AM
radollrose said...
I have tried downloadable patterns and refuse to use them again! What a time consuming mess! And despite what others say, it doesn't save time. Once you've printed out a large number of pages, you then have to put the puzzle together. Once you have them taped together, then you cut them apart which leaves gaps that may need more tape. I found it extremely frustrating. I would much rather order my patterns off the Internet or from a local store. In all my years sewing, I've never said, "Gee, if only I had that pattern, I could be sewing right now" in the middle of the night!
9/22/12 3:38 AM
SewPerfect said...
I like PDF downloads. No shipping costs, no waiting and patterns that one can't find at JoAnns etc. Plus you are helping a designer make a living and therefore they get to produce more patterns. I'd rather give my 'pennies' to a small company than a corporation anyday. **** The cost is so inexpensive! A pack of the cheapest white printer paper is $3.25, there are 500 pcs of paper to a pack. If your pattern takes 50 sheets of paper that is 33 cents for the whole pattern! To save ink, I set my printer to 'draft' mode, that tells the printer to use the least amount of ink possible, it is very cost effective. Probably use no more than $1.00 of black ink on a pattern. You have also saved money on gas. I like to print and tape the pieces, I find it a methodical and peaceful evening past time, but that's just me. =0)
9/20/12 10:31 PM
Living Beauty said...
I'm not real happy with downloadables, either. I'm also not so sure how environmentally friendly they are...I have found that there was much more waste paper with the patterns I have downloaded. Not a lot of fun piecing and taping the pieces together, at least not to me. I also agree that they do add up to more money by the time you add the cost of pattern, paper, ink, tape, time spent piecing and taping. Then I may still go to the nearest fabric store to purchase fabric and/or notions! That is, if I don't order fabric online! I much prefer a printed paper pattern, especially on sale! Just my opinion.
9/20/12 9:55 PM
Living Beauty said...
I'm not real happy with downloadables, either. I'm also not so sure how environmentally friendly they are...I have found that there was much more waste paper with the patterns I have downloaded. Not a lot of fun piecing and taping the pieces together, at least not to me. I also agree that they do add up to more money by the time you add the cost of pattern, paper, ink, tape, time spent piecing and taping. Then I may still go to the nearest fabric store to purchase fabric and/or notions! That is, if I don't order fabric online! I much prefer a printed paper pattern, especially on sale! Just my opinion.
9/20/12 9:55 PM
NEPA Nellie said...
$8.95? And I have to put wear and tear on the printer, plus paper and ink (50 sheets according to somebody for one pattern!). How is this better than going to JoAnn and getting them for $.99 or even $1.99? If you like'em go for it, but I'll stick with the old fashioned ones.
9/20/12 9:00 PM
Birdie757 said...
I almost exclusively use downloadable patterns now. I have found these patterns fit better on me and my children, the size ranges are greater, and so are the directions. The pattern maker of SisBoom also has patterns under her own name of Scientific Seamstress that are equally good as Sis boom. I have actually found myself straying away from this site which is heavy on printed pattern reviews and spending time on boutique pages where these patterns are the norm!
9/20/12 4:12 PM
DianeSev said...
Other PR members weighed in on downloadable patterns on Facebook. See what they had to say!
9/20/12 3:51 PM
JanyceR said...
Thanks for providing downloadable patterns. Much more convenient, and as Karla said - environmentally friendly. Also, no temptation to buy other items in the store, lol!
9/20/12 10:14 AM
Karla Kizer said...
Love the convenience of downloadable patterns. No trip to the store, no delivery vehicle, much more environmentally friendly.
9/19/12 5:27 PM
daintydeb said...
They are not less expensive. One must print them out on paper, use ink, and the tape together. I refuse to purchase these patterns. A printed paper pattern is a better buy.
9/18/12 7:10 PM

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