8. Transforming your finished pattern into a Multi-page PDF sewing patterns

Paper sewing patterns are slowly becoming redundant, mainly due to the cost of commercial printing, packaging, and delivery worldwide. It is this slow transition from paper to digital that is making independent pattern companies a huge success. Now that you know how to adapt your patterns digitally, it’s time to start selling and sharing them as multi-page PDF sewing patterns. In this tutorial, we show you how to transform your finished digital ePattern into a physical product by copying and pasting it on to one of our multi-page PDF sewing pattern templates. We have a range of paper sizes to choose from: US Letter, A4, A3, A2, A1 and A0. Not only that, but we also show you how to lock your PDFs with a password, allowing printing but preventing people from editing your pattern.

 

Draft or Download a Digital Basic Block

Follow along with our tutorials and learn digital pattern making in Adobe Illustrator CC. Purchase and download one of our editable digital basic blocks. We have a few options for you to choose from...

 

Tutorial Overview

1. Download the multi-page PDF templates pack and select the paper size(s) that suit your needs.

2. Copy and paste the pattern on to a PDF template.

3. Arrange the blocks by moving and rotating in order to economise printing.

4. Removing redundant pages or Artboards that do not feature pattern pieces.

5. Saving the finished layout as an Adobe Illustrator file for editing later.

6. Saving the finished layout as a multipage PDF with the option to add security.

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What’s Next?

Put your skills to the test, and improve your ability at pattern making in Adobe illustrator CC with our Style tutorials. Simply find the style you love, auto-draft your custom-fitting basic block, and follow the tutorial. When you’re done, why not add yet more design elements such as a neckline or sleeve to create a truly unique design!

23 Comments

  1. Kerry

    This is so helpful. I am wondering though, I cannot seem to edit the template. I don’t really want the scale coming up in the middle of my pattern. Is it possible to delete these?

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  2. Claire

    Hi Ralph,

    I would like just to say you MERCI!
    I was completely afraid by Illustrator before. beacuse many people said me “Oh it is very diificult to undetsrand and use it for patternmaking”
    You can’t imagine how you help me and show me No it is not so difficult! These video and tito are clear.

    I tried many other solutions to draft my lingerie patterns and now I have an overview what I have to do in my design process.

    So Merci beaucoup

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  3. Charlie

    Hi, these tutorials are brilliant, thank you. Please can I ask about your copyright policy? Do you allow people to sell the patterns they create on your cutting table and pages PDF? I would like to try and digitalise some craft sewing patterns I have developed and wondered if it’s ok to use your set ups for this or if I need to start from scratch?

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  4. emma

    how to measure the length of a curve?

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  5. Mary

    Hello!
    I love your tutorials so much and I am super excited to try making garments using these slopers as my base!! I did have one question. When printed, there is a white edge, which I understand is inevitable. When I buy PDF patterns, there is often a border in each page that allows me to line up the lines when I tape my pages together. Do you know if there is a way we can add that?

    Thanks!

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    • Ralph Pink

      Hi Mary.

      We’ve had a few people ask this question before. I’ll ask Mike and see if this is something we can add to our patterns. I’ll get back to you 🙂

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      • Mary

        Sounds great! Thanks so much.

        I made my first bodysuit sloper using your body glove block and using these tutorials to add SA and it fits perfectly. I am very very excited to see what can come out of using AI and your blocks. Thanks so much!

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      • Frank Gatto

        Hi I would like to know the same thing as well. Thank you and great instruction I have learned so much !!!

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        • Patricia

          You can do it easily! Draw a rectangle with the same measurement of the table. You should do this in all tables that you need for your pattern. I recommend modificate the PDF PRINT TEMPLATES of Patternlab and save it to work more faster in future projects! I did 😉

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    • Patricia

      You can do it easily! Draw a rectangle with the same measurement of the table. You should do this in all tables that you need for your pattern. I recommend modificate the PDF PRINT TEMPLATES of Patternlab and save it to work more faster in future projects! I did 😉

      Reply
  6. Ainslie Higgins

    Hello ! Thank you for your amazing video’s : ) I am trying to save a PDF pattern with multiple layers. I would like to save it so it can’t be edited or copied. When I save as advised above – I am able to protect my document – but I loose all my layers. Were you able to tell me how to protect my work and lock each layer ( permanently ) without loosing my layers. Note : I have saved each size of the garment into a separate layer, so the home dress maker can grab and print just the one size.

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    • Ralph Pink

      Hi Ainslie, thank you for your comment.

      I’m not sure I entirely understand what you are asking, but I will try and provide an answer to your first question.

      Imagine you have created a set of patterns on the Cutting Table, each one has its own layer. You want to move these patterns to the PDF Print Template. If you select and copy all of the patterns on the Cutting Table and then paste them to the PDF template, Illustrator places them all on one layer. Is this your first issue?

      To resolve this, select and copy all of the multi-layered patterns on the Cutting Table. Next, go to your layers tool dialogue box (right menu column), click the burger menu (three horizontal lines) and then click the “Paste Remembers Layers” option. Now, when you paste your multi-layer patterns into the PDF Print Template, it will remember the layers so they appear in exactly the same way as they did on the Cutting Table.

      I’m not sure I understand your final question about adding password security to individual layers. Possibly you can give me more insight?

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  7. Annie

    Hi! I have CS5 illustrator and I’M trying to open the PDF template page and I cannot open the templete will all page in the same time.. My illustrator open page by page. I tryed to open the document with the muitipage pdf files but your template is not a pdf but a ai. document than it doesn’t work. Do you have a solution for me?

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    • Ralph Pink

      Hi Annie. Thanks for your comment!

      We’ve updated the PDF print template download to feature compatible files for CS4, CS5, CS6 and of course CC (2020). We’ve also added the download to every page of our “Pattern Making in Adobe Illustrator” tutorials, so it should be easier for everyone to find. Let me know how the new files fair.

      Thanks
      Ralph

      Reply
  8. Marijke

    Hi, I am interested in making my own patterns using your blocks, is it possible to work with Affinity Designer too? Or another not so expensive vector program?
    Nice work and video’s, I am curious what will be added in the future. I hope that the patterns work well for plus size. Most pattern systems have fitting problems around the shoulders and sleeves when women have a pear shaped body.

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    • Ralph Pink

      Hi Marijke, Thanks for your comment!
      I’ve tried our basic block using the software package you mentioned. A lot of our customers use Inkscape as an alternative to Adobe Illustrator. Unfortunately, we don’t have any tutorials on cusotmising your basic blocks in Inkscape just yet I’m afraid.

      Enjoy your blocks!

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  9. Katherine

    Hi, first of all, would like to thank you for these tutorials which are awesome!

    Quick question, when opening the A4 pdf templates, i checked the individual artboard dimensions, I couldnt find the A4 paper size which is 21 cm X 29.7 cm but instead I found 17.98 cm Vs 26.60 cm. Any reason for this?

    Please clarify,

    Thanks in advance

    Katherin

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    • Ralph Pink

      Hi Katherine.

      Thanks for your comment. The artboards are smaller than the actual paper size to take into consideration the margin or border of the printed page. Unfortunately, most printers can’t handle edge to edge printing, instead, there is a good 1-1.5cm around each page which is unprintable. If we create PDF artboards that were exactly A4 in size, we’d lose a lot of the pattern to this unprintable area (margin/ border). Our artboards have been sized to fit most A4 printer margins, to ensure the document can be printed full scale without any cropping or resizing of the pattern.
      Thanks, Ralph!

      Reply
  10. Charlie

    Hi, I’m doing the Multi page PDF tutorial and cannot find the multi page template download anywhere. Can you point me to the file please?

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  11. kiki

    where to download the multi-page PDF templates pack and select the paper size(s) that suit my needs

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    • Ralph Pink

      Hi Charlie and Kiki.
      I’ve now added the download links for these files to this page. (Please see buttons above) Sorry for the missing content. I’m not sure why this wasn’t posted. Enjoy!

      Reply
    • Glenda Salazar - DeFour

      These tutorial are awesome! I am a Pattern Maker for over 35years now. I like doing computer generated drafts. I used to do my own thing on Draw. But., illustrator is simpler to use…thanks to your free courses!

      Reply
      • Ralph Pink

        Hi Glenda. We’re so glad you love the tutorials. Enjoy!

        Reply

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