Should I do pdf-patterns?


a while back I had an idea, that just stuck in my head. But I am still not sure, if it is a good and promising idea. So I thought I would ask all of you and then decide what to do about it. Here it is:

I could sell my patterns online in my 60s/70s inspired design as pdf patterns to print. I am not sure yet, how I would get my analogue big patterns into my Computer as pdf’s and out of it again, when printing and not getting the size a little different. But I would find a way. What I would like to know is, if patterns like this would interest you. Before I put a lot of work into it. 😉

Please let me know your honest opinion in the poll below! If you have any other ideas and suggestions about this, I would appreciate every comment!

Thank you!

keep sewing and smiling

your TailorFairy


  1. I have a complicated relationship to print yourself patterns. It’s great to have them right away, but they’re such a mess to fit together. If I ever buy any download patterns again, it would definitely just be for small pattern parts. But maybe that’s just me

  2. I draft patterns so my no vote is qualified by the fact that I can do patterns myself. That said, I have no patience for downloads as a pattern consumer. The sewing community seems about equally divided between love and hate on them. I’ve had requests for my patterns and done the ‘could I make this a pdf’ exercise, so I sympathise with you wanting to try to work out if its worth it first. Its a lot of work. The largest sewing market has access to cheap Big 4 sales on a regular basis, so that is a factor.

    • Thank you so much for your opinion! Glad to hear what others experienced in this field. I am just not sure about this, but missing the resources to sell professional looking analogue patterns.

  3. I think it would be great to have more Indie patterns out there. From other pattern makers blogs I get the sense it is a lot of work but very satisfying. Maybe try a pattern that you think fills a gap or is striking and see how that works out. If memory serves me right, Heather of Closet Cloth Files started with the Nettie pattern, it was successful enough to consider continuing to make patterns and chuck in her job in.

    I think your patterns will do great, from observing the blogosphere, the key is exposure, so you may want to gift your pattern to bloggers and they in turn may post the finished item. Ultimately you would have to do what you feel is comfortable.

    Personally I’d go with pdf, I am quite nomadic and will be for a whole yet, so a copy on my laptop is great, also I could print it again should I lose it. Another reason is snail mail is quite unreliable where I decide to hang my hat.

    Good luck!

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