Digitising Paper Sewing Patterns

Have you ever wanted to transform your full-scale paper patterns into full scale SVG digital patterns?

Possibly you’re running out of studio space and would prefer to keep them all as digital patterns on your computer, or send them instantly to your colleagues and friends? Or maybe you’re starting a sewing pattern company and want to digitise your patterns so you can create multipage PDFs to sell online? There are hundreds of benefits to digitising your patterns but it can be expensive, especially if you pay a grading company to digitise them for you. So what’s the alternative? Well, we were asked By Rachel Lovelock from Loveguts fashion brand to show her a simple but cost effective technique for translating paper patterns into a digital format. In this case SVG patterns that are editable in Adobe Illustrator. It’s a really simple concept but can be a bit technically challenging, which is why we’re going to take you through it step by step using basic hardware that you might already own. Watch the tutorial now to learn how to digitise paper sewing patterns.


Learn how to use Adobe Illustrator as a digital pattern making platform

Learn the step-by-step basics of digital pattern making in Adobe Illustrator in our short crash course. It’s your first step to producing digital sewing patterns like a pro.

Adding seam allowance

Follow this simple and handy tutorial to learn how to add seam allowance to your finished pattern in Adobe Illustrator.

Multi-page PDF patterns

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


  1. Asiye

    I am so thankful for all the videos you´re sharing. It is very helpful.
    But there is one information I am still looking for: digital pattern grading with Illustrator!
    That would be so perfect!
    Thanks Asiye 🙂

  2. linda

    Hi I want to know how to locate the measurement on store brought pattern so I can alter using the skill learnt thus far /Users/lindabarnes/Desktop/Screen Shot 2022-01-03 at 10.41.00 AM.png

  3. Linda

    Can you maybe do a video on how to alter a pattern once scan and digital with how to find the bust waist and hip or bicep or forearm in relation to the scanned pattern because store brought pattern do not have these labelled so alteration can be made to the pattern to custom fit.

  4. Linda

    Can you maybe show how to digitalise using a photograph ?

    • Ralph Pink

      We could certainly try, but it would not be very accurate when copying patterns. We’ll have a think and add it to the tutorial list. Thanks Linda!


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