What does my purchase include?
You will receive a link to download a zip file containing 3 pdf files:
- Specification Sheet – read this first. It includes information on sizing, garment measurements, required trims, fabric usage & lay plans, printing & cutting instructions, and seam allowances.
- PDF Pattern – printable on A4 or US letter
- Some patterns include an A0 large format file to be printed at a copy shop
- Sewing Instructions – pdf guide with photos on how to construct your garment
How do I print my pattern?
All A4/letter pdf pattern files can be printed on A4 or US letter. Once you have downloaded the file onto a lap top or desk top (avoid using a tablet or smartphone as some cannot open zip files), open it with Adobe Reader & choose File/Print. Ensure printer is set to 100% scale, no scaling or actual size. Print the first page only. To check that the printing scale is correct, measure the 5x5cm or 2x2” box on page 1 before printing the rest of the pdf file.
Alternatively, you can send the A0 file to a copy shop to be printed large format. Make sure the copy shop knows that you need it printed with no scaling or 100% scale.
What if I don’t have a printer at home?
You can email the files to your local copy shop and instruct them to print on A4 or US letter with no scaling or 100% scale. Ask them to print off page 1 of the pattern file and check the measurement of the 5x5cm or 2x2” box before printing the full file. I recommend that you read the pdf specification sheet & sewing instructions off your tablet or laptop to save on cost & it's more kind to the planet :-) Also, you may be able to see more detail in the sewing instruction photographs.
What do I do with the printed pattern pages?
Tape the pages together following the printing plan included in the specification sheet. Match the symbols together, which may appear at the top, bottom or sides of the page. Note that not all pages need to be joined – this is the joy of working with small children’s patterns! Cut around the dotted lines of the size you want using the size key, and you are ready to cut out your fabric. We recommend washing your fabric before cutting as there is no shrinkage allowance in the patterns.
I have reviewed the sizing chart but am still unsure which size to choose for my little person.
The patterns run fairly generous. If the child is around the 70th percentile on the growth charts, choose the size based on the child’s age. A size 2yr is fitted to be worn during the year that the child is 2; it will be roomy and a bit long on a 24 month old (assuming they are around the 70th percentile), but should grow into it around 2.5yrs. When closer to 3 years old, the child will probably be just about ready for the next size up. If still unsure, I suggest mocking the garment up in a cheaper or scrap fabric first to check the size.
What is your refund policy?
Due to the nature of this digital product we don't give refunds. However, if you have any problem with a pattern, we will be only too happy to sort it out for you promptly! Please email email@example.com
Can I use this pattern for my clothing brand?
No, the patterns are protected by copyright and cannot be used for commercial purposes of any kind.
Can I share this pattern with my friends?
All patterns are intended for personal use only. Sharing it with friends is against the spirit of the product. However, we will happily offer group discounts to a sewing club or class. Please contact info@paperdollpatterns for details.
I accidentally deleted the digital files, or can’t remember where I saved them!
No problem! The download link is active for up to 3 downloads. Please email info@paperdollpatterns if you are having problems locating the link.
I am trying to follow the photo instructions but am still struggling to create the garment.
Please contact info@paperdollpatterns and we will gladly help you out with this! It is our goal to make sewing fun (and easy!) and we rely on feedback to constantly review our sewing guides to ensure all abilities can follow along.
Do you have any vlogs showing how to make these garments?
I have filmed a few short tutorials on the fiddlier sewing techniques used in Paper Doll Patterns. You can find these on our Instagram highlights. Insta handle = paperdollpatternco
What seam allowances are on the patterns?
Most seams are 1cm (3/8"). Bagging out seams (e.g. necklines, collars, sleeveless armholes) are usually 6mm (1/4"). Please refer to the specification sheet you receive as part of your download for seam allowances, hems etc. that are specific to each style.
What type of sewing machines do I need to sew these designs?
All the designs use a domestic sewing machine & overlocker (serger), though you can zig zag stitch the jersey knits instead of overlocking.