From time to time, I hear people complaining that tiling a pattern is a lot of work. I can’t blame you of course, because it IS a lot of work. But here are some options when you don’t like to tile digital patterns like mine!
First option: A0, A1 and A2 files
Recently I added A0, A1 and A2 files to all my digital patterns. I have them available WITH or WITHOUT seam allowance. So if you don’t like to tile your Compagnie M. patterns at home, you can take those files to your local printshop.
When you already bought a Compagnie M. pattern in the past, you can download these files when you log-in at MY ACCOUNT on the website. There you will always find the most recent files. This way you can never loose a pattern because of a computer crash or in this case, you’ll be able to download new files after your purchase! ;)
I have my patterns printed at ‘Contrast’ in ‘Deurne (Antwerp). It costs only about 3 euro for 1 A0 file. Not too expensive I guess… A good address to share! If you have other interesting (read cheap) printshops in your neighbourhood, just leave a comment below!
Second option: a small cutting machine
When you don’t like to pay this extra costs, I can also recommend you to buy a small cutting machine. I bought mine for about 45 euro at Ava.
I timed it once: it only takes me about 15 minutes to tile a big A0 pattern! Here are some pictures that show you how I tile my test patterns. Later in the process, when they’re final, I take them to my printhsop!
First of all I print my pattern on the backside of some waste paper. I’m a very ecological person you know! ;) The I cut only one long & ons short side of the pattern with my basic cutting machine. (also works when you don’t use a machine, but a pair of scissors: this way you only need to cut 2 sides and not all of them!).
I first paste one long row (for example of 5 pages for an A0 file like the Louisa dress). In detail…
Past this rows together and finished! I trace the size I need with a marker and then I can trace it onto pattern paper. When I want to sew another size, I just use another color.
By the way: for those that already bought the Louisa dress pattern but didn’t print it yet: the pattern has been reduced to a A0 file! So I advise you to download the file again when you didn’t start sewing this dress yet!
Third option: beg me to sell paper patterns! ;)
Since I have a lot of time to think during my holiday, I’m trying to make some strategic decisions. I’m for example considering to release paper patterns! If you prefer paper patterns over digital ones, just try to convince me to release them! ;) I’d love to hear from you. Do you own a (fabric)shop and would you be interested in selling Compagnie M. patterns? Just leave a comment as well. I’ll keep you posted when I finally decided whether I will move on with paper patterns or not.
When there is enough interest in paper patterns, I’ll put them high on priority list! But first of all I will finish my Charles pants pattern when I’m at home….
But first: I need to enjoy my holiday! Wish you all the best from Romania! A small iPone picture to make you drool! ;)