Adobe Illustrator workspace with outlines of a custom PDF print template for pattern making.

Crafting Perfect PDF Print Templates for Your Patterns

Struggling with printing your sewing patterns? Are the edges getting cut off, leaving you with mismatched pieces? It’s a common issue due to printers having varying printable areas, which can make standard PDF templates unsuitable. But there’s a solution, and we’ll guide you through it in this pattern making project.

Tailoring Templates to Your Printer

Learn to create custom PDF print templates that align precisely with your printer’s settings. We’ll take you step by step through the process, ensuring your patterns print out just right, without any unwanted cropping.

Personalise with Professional Branding

It’s not just about practicality; it’s also about presentation. We’ll show you how to infuse your brand into your templates by adding logos and customising page size and layout. Whether for personal use, sharing with peers, or for sale, these details elevate your patterns and pattern making projects to a professional standard. Join us in this Adobe Illustrator journey to transform your pattern making into seamless, branded, and print-ready masterpieces.

New to pattern making in Adobe Illustrator? Learn the fundamental pattern making techniques with our comprehensive online course. Read more…

Essentials for Following Along

Before we dive in, you’ll need a torso basic block to keep up with this pattern-making project. We offer two types of torso basic blocks for your selection. Standardised basic blocks are ready for immediate use, allowing you to start drafting right away, though they might not match your measurements perfectly. On the other hand, a bespoke basic block, tailored to your specific measurements, offers a precise fit but requires time to create, as we’ll need 28 of your body measurements. Choose the one that best suits your needs!

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Standardized Basic Block

Start pattern making immediately

Visit our partner site, DesignLab.London, for a variety of torso basic blocks available in multiple sizes. These serve as an ideal starting point or base pattern for your pattern-making project. Explore the collection, select your preferred style and size, and download it to proceed with your project.

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Bespoke Basic Blocks

Craft a personalised basic block designed for your unique measurements

Looking for a tailor-made torso basic block for this project? You’re in the right place. Construct your personalised basic block in the Lab by providing your measurements. Simply create a profile, input your measurements, and utilise this profile to design a range of basic block styles. You’ll need the torso basic block for this project.

What’s Next?

You’re not done there though! If you want to share it online or print it off at home, you’ll need to add seam allowance and transform it into a PDF sewing pattern. Check out the projects below to find out how.

Screenshot of Adobe Illustrator showing the 'Offset Path' function being used to add seam allowance to a basic block of a halter-neck swimsuit pattern.

Learn How to Add Seam Allowance to Your Patterns

Learn how to add seam allowance, to your basic blocks and finished patterns, in Adobe Illustrator, using our simple pattern making tutorial.

Computer screen with a digital pattern making program, Adobe Illustrator open, showing a dress basic block pattern, on a desk with modern design tools.

Master Pattern Making Techniques in Adobe Illustrator

Transform Basic Blocks into Precision Finished Patterns

Learn the fundamental techiques of pattern making with our Free comprehensive pattern making in Adobe Illustrator course

Screenshot of a dress basic block layout in Adobe Illustrator, showcasing the process to create PDF sewing patterns.

Learn How to Create PDF Sewing Patterns

Transform your finished patterns into multi-page PDF sewing patterns in a range of paper sizes. Then save, print from home, or share and sell your PDF sewing patterns online.

8 Comments

  1. Kenneth Redgel Avila

    Hi PatternLab, I enjoy watch all of your tut and it helps me a lot! BTW May I have the download link for pdf print template ai? Thank you 🙂

    Reply
  2. Sarah

    Just watching the ‘creating pattern template’ on ai. and placing the triangles.

    I noted that you dragged each triangle into place, however, once you have the first triangle accurately lined up, the others you can just copy and paste along the horizontal and vertical to the exact point using the transform and move tool.

    This also means that the triangles will be accurately placed to allow you to copy and paste the first template to all artboards without the need for adjusting each row at the end.

    Also, simply creating a new layer only created the artboards. The content needs to be put onto that layer so you would need to copy and paste in place from layer 1 to layer two.

    Hope this helps

    Reply
    • Ralph Pink

      Hi Sarah,

      Thanks for your comment. Absolutely, that’s a great suggestion and something that we now do. Either way, thank you for sharing your knowledge with me and the community. I really appreciate it!

      Reply
  3. Alyda Gilmore

    I’ve tried to upload these comments on your YouTube page, but it doesn’t get posted. Maybe the URLs are a problem? Anyway, here they are:

    Thank you for the great videos! I wish I’d know about this technique years ago. Setting up the artboards was very simple but I couldn’t get it to print properly until I added bleeds. My artboards are 16″ x 10″ (tabloid paper) but printed on the top left of the page unless I added a 1/2″ bleed on all sides. I’m too embarrassed to tell you how long it took me to figure that out!

    I’ve got a background in web design, with strong programming skills, so I decided to write a script for the page numbering. It’s heavily commented so it should be pretty easy to tweak for positioning and font style. Unfortunately, YouTube doesn’t seem to allow links in the comment field so I can share it.

    Reply
    • Ralph Pink

      Hi Alyde,

      Thanks for your comment. It’s possible that the links caused the comment to be flagged for spam. I’ve approved the comment, including the links, and this one as well. Hopefully, this won’t be an issue in the future. Thank you for providing information and links. It’s much appreciated and will hopefully be helpful to our other followers. Thanks again!

      Reply
  4. Alyda Gilmore

    Thank you for the great videos! I wish I’d know about this technique years ago. Setting up the artboards was very simple but I couldn’t get it to print properly until I added bleeds. My artboards are 16″ x 10″ (tabloid paper) but printed on the top left of the page unless I added a 1/2″ bleed on all sides. I’m too embarrassed to tell you how long it took me to figure that out!

    I’ve got a background in web design, with strong programming skills, so I decided to write a script for the page numbering.It’s heavily commented so it should be pretty easy to tweak for positioning and font style. Remember to change the script’s file extension to jsx to that Illustrator can read it.

    I’ve tried to upload these comments on your YouTube page, but it doesn’t get posted. Maybe the URLs are a problem? Anyway, here they are:

    Screen Shot: Bleeds
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1X7I2kL6Lj7eYq7KSGz6eeFPtaDUVjg01/view?usp=sharing
    First Page of PDF
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hCNfn7nAqB7hQxcsVAudjNhh-9W5sO-m/view?usp=sharing
    Page Numbering Script
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/10GTFhwGAnXXjkWvLFkS179qY1v8UoLhz/view?usp=sharing

    Reply
    • Ralph Pink

      Thank you soo much, what a fantastic concept and resource for all of our followers. I’ll give it a try. Thanks for sharing and good luck with your project!

      Reply

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