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Commercial Patterns via Internet Only

barbchr | Posted in Patterns on

Hi, All.

PrintSew.com is an advertiser in THREAD’s new SewStylish Magazine. They sell brand name commercial patterns but they are only obtainable via the Internet and have to be printed out from your home computer. They seem to be single size patterns, not the usual multiple size ones. The prices seem to be much less than the cost of patterns bought in a store. Has anyone tried it?

They also have a line of nice looking patterns called Isabelle. I’ve never seem this line before. The sizes are ordered singly, 8, 10, 12, etc. Don’t know if the sizes are the pattern industry standard or RTW. I’d really love info on how their sizes run. No size chart any where on line that I can find. If any one has info, I’d appreciate hearing from you. I emailed the company three days ago but haven’t heard anything from them as yet.


  1. Cherrypops | | #1

    Wow! Thanks for this link Barb. Very interesting.

    I haven't tried it, I hadn't heard of it. I am still waiting for my first issue of Sew Stylish to arrive in Australia, and last i looked this website link you posted wasn't available through besewstylish.com

    As there are NO returns or exchanges advice on Body Measurements would be a must.

    Credit Card payments will appear as sewingpatterns.com on your statements.

    http://www.sewingpatterns.com/ is advertising the Downloadable Patterns

    http://www.sewingpatterns.com/download/ explains a little about click2print and also a link to step by step instructions for assembling the pattern once you've printed.

    I have given my email address to receive a free pattern. I wonder what I will get?

    Barb, If I find more informatin on "Isabelle", i will let you know. You are right, they are nice looking patterns. I'm glad you emailed them and asked a few questions. Hope you get a response soon.


    1. Cherrypops | | #2

      I have just read a post on patternreview about this.

      I won't cut and paste the ladies post here however, I understand from reading her post that

      These downloads do work

      Apparently quite easy to put the printed pages together

      Some extra software was needed to complete download ( not specified)

      If anyone here has or will purchase these downloadable patterns please let us know how you go.



    2. barbchr | | #3

      Here's the link to Wild Ginger Software. They make the Pattern Master Boutique3.http://www.wildginger.com/They also have a forum and photo gallery.

      http://www.wildginger.com/forumsI also have their TaylorMade, which is the program for men. I've made a bunch of sport shirts for DH using it. He's a little tricky to fit and doesn't like the extended shoulders that most of the commercial patterns seem to have. And he only likes button front, straight bottom and two chest pockets. Gotta have those two pockets.Before you begin, you need to locate your shoulder points (very important to get that right) and then take a number of measurements. If your weight goes up and down, you'd need to do this more than once, probably. One of the nice things about these products is that, if you sew for other people, you can store their measurements too. Just open the measurements set you want and create the pattern. The software comes with a good manual.After you've chosen all the elements for your garment, you can save the style so you can reopen it later on if you want to; save the pattern on your computer; and print out the pieces. The pages have to be taped together and there are little cross hatches on the corners of the pages to help you match up.Both of these products have the Pattern Editor feature, which isn't essential to creating and printing patterns, but which I really love to play with. No pattern is so simple that I can't make it complicated :) After you've saved the pattern, you can open it in Pattern Editor. Cut, rotate, duplicate, move, add stuff, take stuff away, and make pretty much make whatever design changes you like. It's easy to create a right and left side of the pattern piece, for example, in case you need both pieces for your fabric layout.Another program which I think is still out there is Dress Shop from Livingsoft. The web sight I used to go to doesn't seem to be there any more but I think the software is still being sold. I have their program for doll clothes, which is nice. Last time I checked it out, Dress Shop did not have a feature like Pattern Editor, although there were many options when choosing the pattern elements.

      1. Cherrypops | | #4

        Thank you for all that information.

        I was reminded about wild ginger from another member earlier today, i have the free software from them. Did not know they made the PMB3. I will check it out. Another member uses PMB3 and has added her comments in " Pattern Making Software ".

        I will take a look at Taylor Made, i know my dh isn't too keen on the overhanging shoulders, and likes his pockets too.

        This has really got me thinking.

        Kind regards, CherryPops

        1. barbchr | | #5

          You can download the free demos. They'll give a good idea of the design options available in the programs.

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