Hello my fellow seamstresses! After the re-release of the Linden Lady last week, I thought it would be helpful if I posted a tutorial on how Brijee Patterns work. If you have never worked with PDF patterns before, this will hopefully help you understand how they work, and if you have, it will introduce you to the differences in how Brijee Patterns are formatted.
Once you have purchased your pattern (in this example the Linden Lady), you will receive an email from me with three files: The Instructions, the size 0-10 ZIP file, and the size 12-18 ZIP file. You will have to un-zip the ZIP files in order to access the PDF patterns. The patterns are further broken down in the size categories into the following files: Linden Lady Basic Pant Pattern, LL Waist Facing V.1, LL Waistband V.2, LL Waistband V.3.
Once you have un-zipped your files, open up one of the PDF files in the size of your choice (I will be using the Waist Facing, View 1-Size 0-10). Print off the first page with the 2 inch square on it. We are making sure that our printer is printing the pattern without any scaling, so check that your printer settings are at 100% scale, and not any larger or smaller.
Once you have printed off the first page, measure the square with the “2 inches” label. If it is exactly 2″ on each side, then you are good to go with printing off the rest of your pattern. Please note, each pattern file has it’s own 2″ square, so when you print off each section of the pattern you can double check that it is printing the pattern in the right scale.
Now we are going to tape our pattern together!
You will notice that there are dashed lines on certain edges of the pattern paper (if you aren’t seeing these, check your printer settings again, as you should see them on at least two sides of the first page), and numbers at the bottom of each page, which should face up, otherwise your page is upside down. Leave the first page, 1/5, with the margins around the dashed line. Taking page 2/5 (remember, I am working with the Waist Facing, View 1), cut along the left-hand dashed line, right along the side of it, leaving the dashes on the paper as we will need them to match it up properly with page 1/5. Now match up the edges of the dashed lines on page 1/5 and 2/5, making sure they meet, and don’t overlap. Tape the pages together. Repeat this process with the subsequent pages until you reach a page with dashed lines on only the left-hand corner edges. You have reached the end of the row, and will start the next row of the pattern down below.
If you are confused as to where the row stops on your pattern, simply consult the PDF pattern layout in your instructions.
For the first page of the second row, cut off just the top of the page (page 4/5 of the Waist Facing V. 1).
Match up the edges of the dashed lines, and tape.
On the next page, you are going to cut off two sides: The left-hand side, and the top. Match up the edges of the dashed lines, making sure your pattern edges match up as well, and tape.
If you have been putting together the Waist Facing with me, you will now have your finished pattern! Hooray! These same principles, of matching up the edges of the dashed lines, apply to all of the other files in the Linden Lady pattern. Simply cut, match and tape. That’s it!
The most important thing to remember is to match up your pattern lines. If the dashed lines aren’t matching up, but the pattern lines are, it is okay that the dashed lines aren’t matching perfectly, although in the ideal case they should.
I hope this was helpful! If you haven’t already, you can purchase your Linden Lady pattern at the Brijee Patterns page. (SEE UPDATE BELOW!)
Special note: By the way, if any of you are interested in pattern testing future Brijee Patterns, you can email me at brijeepatterns(at)gmail(dot)com with your sizing information (bust, waist, and hip measurements), and I will get you on my list for future patterns!
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