What is a PDF sewing pattern?

A PDF pattern is a sewing pattern in electronic format. 

It contains:

  • 1 full-size sheet to print and assemble with several paper size options: A4 / US letter, A3 and A0 (the available paper size options are specified in the description of each design)
  • 1 detailed set of assembly instructions, illustrated with color photos
  • 1 video projector file (Caution: only available if specified in the description of each design)

Warning: the A0 and A3 formats are not available for some designs. However, A4 / US Letter print sizes are available for every design.

Are the pieces likely to overlap on a PDF pattern?

No, this will never happen. The purpose of a PDF pattern is to allow you to cut all your pieces directly into the paper, so there will never be no piece overlapping.

Can I select the size I want to print?

On the patterns where it is indicated that the PDF pattern contains "1 layer per size", it will indeed be possible to select the size(s) to be printed.

To do this, click on the "layers" icon on the left of the document. The different layers available will then be displayed: choose the size(s) to be printed by checking or unchecking the corresponding box(es).

Watch video tutorial here.

Is the number of downloads per PDF pattern limited?

Yes, you can download your pattern up to 10 times, with no time limit.

Why PDF patterns ?

PDF patterns save time (the moment you make your purchase, the pattern is already in your hands) and money (because you do the printing). They are also easy to work with: you can cut them directly to the desired size with no tracing, and the paper--as sturdy as your printer paper--facilitates the fabric cutting phase. 

How soon will I receive my PDF pattern?

If you pay by card, you will immediately receive an email that contains a link enabling you to download your purchases (please check your spam or junk mail folder!).

If you pay by wire transfer, the orders are manually approved upon receipt of payment, within 1 to 4 open days. The order confirmation triggers an automatic email containing a link to download your purchases.

You can also download your files by logging into your account at https://www.atelier-scammit.fr/historique-commandes. Click on "Details" (on the same line on the far right) and then on the pattern name.

How does it work? 

Once payment is received for your order, you automatically receive an email with the link to download your pattern. Remember to make sure the email address in your Atelier Scämmit account is valid.

You can then download a .zip file that you can unzip either by double clicking on it, or by right clicking and selecting "extract all", or indeed by downloading the following software here.

After choosing from the available print size options, print the pattern file and then assemble the pattern by taping the different pieces together to make up the whole pattern.

The instruction file does not need to be printed. You can view it on your computer or tablet while you are assembling the garment (better for the environment!)

What printer can I use?

Either a basic family printer for the smaller format A4/US Letter, or a professional printer for others. Because A3 sheets are bigger, they make it quicker to reassemble the pattern. With A0 fiel, no need to assemble at all. Whichever size paper you use, the full-scale pattern will be exactly the same size in the end.

How do I print my PDF sewing pattern?

Once you have chosen the paper format, check the print settings: DO NOT ADJUST PRINT AREA, DO NOT ADJUST SCALING and PRINT ACTUAL SIZE AT 100%.To make sure it will print properly, print only the page with the test square and verify that it measures 5x5 cm (or 1.97x1.97 inches).

How do I assemble my printed PDF pattern?

Once you have printed your pattern, cut each page along the lines including the assembly markings (half-circle containing a number and letter). Then match the markings ans tape the sheets together.

You can start by adjusting the length, when necessary, and cut the pattern directly to the size you have chosen.

Are the seam allowances included?

Yes, whether you are using a PDF pattern or a pattern kit, the seam allowances are always included. To facilitate the assembly process, the seam allowance value is specified on the cutting diagram of the assembly instructions.

Why aren’t pattern symbols always in the same place?

In order to avoid wasting paper, the positioning of pattern pieces is optimized as much as possible to reduce the number of pages and/or to allow you to reuse scrap paper later.

No pattern pieces overlap so that you can cut out each piece without having to trace it again.

For any other questions, send me an email to contact@atelier-scammit.fr