April Theme ~ Digital Delivery Sewing!

on March 30 | in Sewing Inspiration | by | with 76 Comments

April is all about Digital Delivery Sewing on the Sew,Mama,Sew! blog. PDF patterns and eBooks are sweeping the sewing world! They offer easy and immediate sewing gratification because you can purchase, print and use in a matter of minutes. Although more and more sewists are embracing the format every day, a lot of people still have questions about how PDFs work. We’ve invited some of our favorite PDF pattern and eBook designers to join us in a month chock-full of free tutorials and projects. You’ll learn a little more about digital patterns, as well as the designers who make them.

Digital Delivery Sewing in April includes:

  • Tons of free tutorials + projects!
  • Great information about how to print and use PDF patterns.
  • Expert advice on how to create your own PDF patterns.
  • 20% off the designer’s patterns in the shop on the day they join us on the blog.

Make sure you have a little ink in your printer and get ready for a fun and informative month!

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76 Responses to April Theme ~ Digital Delivery Sewing!

  1. Kristiann says:

    Hi Pat, I understand your concern for your personal printing and paper costs, but I think designers have to be able to pay themselves for the amount of work they put into these patterns, as you can see by the tutorial. Pattern drafting is an art let alone grading, which is a science! I’m a fashion designer/ drafter, and the fact that Carla has figured this out on her own initiative is incredible. Unless these PDF’s were being produced on mass, small companies won’t survive unless customers like us support them. I’m happy to support small local business, even if it means paying a bit more for it. Carla,I greatly respect your work, and your creative process. Thanks for sharing your hard earned knowledge.

  2. Jen S says:

    This is a fabulous idea! I love being able to download and print a design from my favorite blogs. I am very eager to learn how to make a pdf pattern of my own? Question: are there other formates out there besides pdf which work well?

  3. Couldn’t wait for April to get here and for this to start.

  4. Amanda says:

    I am excited to learn how to make my own pattern PDF’s. Thank you.

  5. Pat says:

    Just a comment…I would like the designers to consider, that while they have put an extensive amount of time into the development of the pattern,their cost is greatly reduced when selling a PDF pattern. As the purchaser of that pattern we have it immediately. however, our cost has increased greatly due to printing (ink and paper cost). I have always been a bit upset and felt that the PDF file should be sold at a bit less that designer printed pattern. Patterns are very expensive today and to have them printed at a publishing house or printers is costly, the designer is making a much larger profit that should be passed on to the purchaser..Ok so much for my soap box today…I do buy PDF’s, many many but still feel a bit cheated….Have a great day!!!!

  6. Alana says:

    I’ll suggest the digital tutorial to my sewing instructor so we can all work on the same projects together. I’m super excited!!! I can’t wait to start.

  7. Heather says:

    I’m looking forward to this. The one thing I dislike about pdf’s is lining up all the papers I have to print to get a good pattern. My favorite pdf pattern was one that fit on one page! Leather slippers for my kids.

  8. ~salix~ says:

    Sweet!

  9. This is GREAT!

  10. Michelle says:

    Love the cardstock idea above. I also wanted to add that PDF patterns are where the Amazon Kindle shines. I’m able to transfer the entire PDF file to my Kindle with the USB cable. I only have to print out the actual pattern pieces. Then, I have my Kindle sitting right next to the sewing machine so I can follow along with the instructions!

  11. Sarah McKinney says:

    I am excited to learn more. The patterns that I have used so far have been great. Love the immediate factor in getting my hands on the pattern.

  12. wendy says:

    Woot! This sounds like fun!!

  13. Virginia says:

    This is awesome! I’m excited to learn how!

  14. Velarie says:

    Yay! Can’t wait I am SO EXCITED! gonna have to share this!

  15. erica says:

    Aaack, No, I have too many projects I havent started, The torture. Hehehe, Cant wait!
    I got a shoe PDF off etsy I still haven’t used. I had to get that special Long copy paper and it ended up being pushed to the side – this would be great time for a cute pair of shoes.

  16. ewebewe says:

    I’ve tried some PDF patterns but can’t figure out how to get the printer to cooperate. I can’t wait to read about this new trend.

  17. Courtney says:

    Can’t wait, this sounds fabulous!!

  18. Martha says:

    OOOOOWEEEEEE! Bring them on!

  19. Katherine says:

    Wonderful!
    This is exactly the info I’m interested in. I would really appreciate the tips for PDF files as I went through some struggles recently with my first attempt at it.

    Thanks so much!

  20. Margie Bennett says:

    I can’t wait for April!!

  21. Bethany says:

    oh super super excited about all of that. Can’t wait!

  22. Keri says:

    oh yay!

  23. Deb says:

    Awesome idea, as usual!

  24. Kristina says:

    Sounds great. Can’t wait!!

  25. Runa says:

    Yipppeee! Can’t wait! I’ve just discovered PDF patterns recently and they are wonderful to follow and in no time you have something great for yourself! This is a a wonderful theme!

  26. Beth T says:

    Oh, fun! And I’ve already gotten a great idea from AMy gabriel (above), about printing on cardstock. Sew, Mama, Sew is such a great resource, for so many reasons.

  27. Amy says:

    This will be exciting. I’m looking forward to the advice on creating my own PDF patterns! I’ve bought a few and love the instant gratification and great photos.

  28. Mary Sue says:

    Great, can’t wait, I’m sharing this with my sister.

  29. Jane says:

    This will be a real treat. I am looking forward to the theme.

  30. Meg says:

    Terrific idea for a theme! This will be Great!

  31. jen says:

    yay..might get over my phobia of pdf patterns

  32. melanie says:

    can’t wait!!!

  33. Mhairi says:

    This is an awesome idea. Love it. Can’t wait

  34. Anne Marie says:

    Wonderful!

  35. Linda C. says:

    I love PDF patterns! When I get excited to make something I can get the pattern right away!

  36. Mary Anna says:

    Woo hoo! I love the instant gratification of a digital pattern/instruction set! I see something, I download it, I make it. Sometimes all in the same day!

  37. Lillian says:

    YAY! Can’t wait! I love PDF patterns and e-books. So much easier to ship abroad ;) I’m so happy I stumbled across this blog..!

  38. Katy Yo says:

    Woohoo! I love tutorials! Thanks!

  39. Sarah J says:

    wonderful!

  40. KarenH says:

    Woo Hoo…can’t wait! :)

  41. Kimberly says:

    I love PDF patterns and can’t wait to see more on this theme.

  42. Kati says:

    Exciting! I’ve used a few pdf patterns so far…and they have all been great!

  43. This sound as a great month!

  44. This will be an excellent month! Can’t wait!

  45. Emily says:

    Oh thank goodness! I’m gearing up to write my very first sewing tutorial and pattern and am TOTALLY CLUELESS on how to make a usable pdf. Right in the nick of time!

  46. Christine says:

    I’m smiling. A very big smile. :D Very excited!!!

  47. This looks great!! I’m always wondering what kind of programs people use to draw out their PDF patterns. Can’t wait SMS!

  48. Amber says:

    FABULOUS – I can hardly wait!

  49. Oh, I can’t wait – how exciting.

  50. Jodie says:

    Oooooo! I can’t wait. I’ve wondered about making my own pdf patterns, but didn’t know where to start looking! Great theme for the month.

  51. SewLindaAnn says:

    Oh blast it! I just ordered about 5 PDF patterns online from some of my fave bloggers! Betcha they’re going to be here too. Anyway…Love the idea and can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with to show us.

  52. Erin d. says:

    Yes!!! This is great! Can’t wait!

  53. Leila says:

    ooooooh I can’t wait!

  54. Suzanne says:

    That sounds like a great idea. Maybe I’m under a rock but is there a place like Ravelry for sewing?

  55. oh this is just what i need!

  56. Sara says:

    What a great idea! You ladies are always thinking…

  57. Connie says:

    Sounds like a fun month!

  58. Laura says:

    Awesome! I much much much prefer to get patterns this way! Super topic!

  59. beth says:

    awesome – maybe part of this series should be on having a decent printer with ink to start with !!! I never have enough ink and we seem to have bad luck with printers.

  60. Alethea says:

    Awesome!

  61. Wendi Gratz says:

    I’m so excited about the theme this month!

  62. Maeve says:

    This will be so exciting! LOVE your theme months and this one will surely be a great one for all! Thanks for all the sharing of so much great creativity!

  63. Michelle says:

    Oh, I can’t wait for this! I’ve snapped up quite a few e-patterns from Scientific Seamstress and I love them. Looks like I’ll be adding a few more next month!

  64. Mama Lusco says:

    Sounds wonderful! I’m sold on PDF pattens.

  65. Kate says:

    How exciting! I love PDF pattersn because they are so immediate. Plus, you don’t always have to buy an entire book for one or two patterns.

  66. Chris says:

    I’m so excited! I am still working on making my patterns better, and would love to have some great advice.

  67. Alanna says:

    sounds awesome

  68. Megan says:

    Woo-hoo! Awesome theme for April :) Looking forward to more tutorials!

  69. Tammy says:

    Looking forward to April! :)

  70. sara says:

    sounds awesome – cannot wait to see the new patterns / tutorials and such!-sara

  71. Elizabeth says:

    Can’t Wait!

  72. Samina says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing more pdf patterns.

  73. Amy says:

    Sweet! I’ve been curious about PDF patterns for sewing!

  74. AMy gabriel says:

    This is so exciting!!! So far, the best idea I’ve had is to printthe PDF pattern pieces on cardstock for durability. Can’t wait to hear other great ideas.

  75. Jewel says:

    Yay! This will be great!

  76. Cassandra says:

    Yay! Can’t wait!

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