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andrea.m
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Date: 10/17/12 2:19 PM

I have drafted several skirts, dresses and bodices and now am converting them to pdf's. I am finding that they use a lot of paper for the pdf home download. One skirt alone uses over 120 sheets of paper and that's the slimmest skirt.

My question is: As a pdf pattern user, would you use a nested pattern (like burda style) pdf that uses fewer sheets and then trace out the pieces or stick to the regular pdf's that print out like a big 4 pattern?

(Patterns are for formal and bridalwear)

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Date: 10/17/12 3:01 PM

I like regular pdf's that print out like a Big 4 pattern.

I personally don't want to download, tape, then trace+ add SA, then cut out.

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Date: 10/17/12 5:37 PM

For me, it depends. In general, I'd rather it be usable right away w/o tracing but not if it's going to be 120 sheets. I'm probably willing to print out 40 pages max. Pasting together 120 pages would be such a huge pain.

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Date: 10/17/12 5:47 PM

I would rather trace than align and tape multiple pages. I end up tracing them anyhow, after I've taped them together, because I don't want to face taping them together again if I have to reprint. Then that leaves me with the dilemma of how to store these taped-together patterns, in case I need to retrace for alterations. So far, I've been folding them up to a manageable size and putting them in the file cabinet with my envelope patterns, but I can see that getting unwieldy.

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Date: 10/18/12 5:01 PM

I recently downloaded a dress pattern which had the option to take it to a copy shop and get it printed on a large-scale printer. I would not have bought it if I had had to stick together 40-odd sheets of paper (which is what this one came to if you printed it at home).

The idea of printing off heaps of pages, sticking them together, and then tracing off pieces as well, isn't inviting. It would have to be something I really really wanted to make!

The copyshop option for the dress I bought printed on paper 84?cms wide (sorry don't remember exactly) and was 200cm long. If you can fit your pieces onto paper that wide, you might want to consider that as an option for your download customers.

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Date: 10/18/12 5:14 PM

Vireya
Thanks for the copy shop idea. Can definitely tweek some of the the pattern piece layouts to fit for those widths.

I am going to offer pdf home print and print on demand for a paper copy by mail and will now add the print for copy shop.

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Date: 10/18/12 5:26 PM

I don't mind the taping/tracing. But I don't always tape the whole thing at once - just the piece(s) I'm tracing. Then I'll pull apart some of it, and tape/trace more.

The first time I did one of these I folded over one edge, but now I use a paper cutter to cut off the side/bottom of the pages that need it. (I confess, I use the paper cutter at work, not my own which probably would not be up to the task!)

I have done tops, pants, a skirt, and a robe. I think the largest was 46(?) pages. Well, I've printed the robe, haven't traced it yet, lol. Most were 20-something pages.

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Date: 10/19/12 9:42 AM

I use pdf patterns quite a bit, and am not bothered at all by nested patterns that have to be traced. A "print at copy shop" option is a great idea for formalwear, since those patterns can't help being really big.

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