When I make sketches of all these charming girls for pattern illustrations, write articles or study the statistics of our site - I act as a member of MC2-Team.
However, when my holiday is coming and I want (I mean it!) to have a new fashionable jumpsuit, then... I'm just a user of our website and patterns. And I want this one, just as it is shown in the picture - it's beautiful and I have some fabric…
The first step to my new outfit is to print out the patterns.
Each mc2-file with pdf patterns has a paper format in its name: A0 or Plotter - if you can use a large-format printer or a plotter (this is the simplest option as after printing all you've got to do - cut out pattern pieces), A4 or Letter - for conventional printers.
My printer is an ordinary home one for letter-size paper, so I select a _Letter.pdf file.
NOTE: If you have got a LAYERED pdf-file, you will benefit from additional printing options that you might discover with a click here.
I check the printer settings by selecting and typing only a sheet with Test Square (should be 5x5cm / 2"x2" - hooray, it's correct!) Now I send the entire file to print.
The printer finished buzzing and I'm the lucky owner of a paper bundle with intricate lines and a sheet with a diagram/layout. This piece of paper is now the most important - I put it in front of me.
Well... I see two rows of "tiles" on it, with large numbers. Hmm... confusing a bit. Aaaah! I've got it – they are indicating a number of sheets that I've got to deal with. There are 22 of them in total and I can no longer pay attention to it.
In my method only the number of rows and the number of tiles in each row is important:
1st row: 11 tiles
2nd row: 11 tiles
Sheets/tiles have been numbered and marked as following: Top left corner: "row number: tile number in the row". For example: 1:1 means "1st row: 1st tile" 2:5 means "2nd row: 5th tile" Numbers by the margins: "row number: tile number in the row" to be attached to.
What does it all mean?
I take the first two sheets "1:1" and "1:2" from the stack.
I cut off the left margin of the sheet "1:2" and overlap and stick it to the right margin of "1:1" (accurately corresponding the black corners).
Then I take the sheet "1:3", cut off its left margin and overlap and stick it... and so on until I've got to the sheet with the number "1:11".
The first row is ready. The same thing I do with the second row.
And then I attach the rows, cutting off the long margin of one of them.
Important. When sticking - pay attention to accurately matching pattern's lines.
Scotch tape or glue? I am happy to work with scotch tape, but you might find it better using a glue for paper.
Now once again look into the Body Measurements Chart (https://mc2-patterns.com/content/9-size-guide) to specify the size I want. I would like a loose fit, therefore I took the pattern size that is MUCH BIGGER than my own measurements refer to. I've decided, UK24 size is what I want this time!
Positive? Yes! Cut it out. My pattern is ready!
Now it's time to cut that fabric and sew my jumpsuit (following the sewing instructions or not – I'll see in the process).
An hour or so later... The jumpsuit is ready to be neatly folded into my suitcase!