Written by Eugenia Zorina
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".
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 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!
Exaggerated-length Harem-style Jumpsuit