Intro: How to Archive Sewing or Other Types of Patterns.
Working with the same pattern, altering multiple ways and making all the size ranges ( xs to xl) I ran in to a problem. This cant be done with one pattern. Rather than buy many of the same pattern, I came up with this method.
This Instructable is for a fabric pattern I am going to augment and use as a leather pattern. Archiving the original pattern and all variations helps in the metamorphosis of your design ideals.
Step 1: Tools and Materials
Tools & Materials
Scissors and or a roll cutter
Pen and a Sharpie
Clear Packing Tape
Card Stock 8.5 x 11 67 to 110lb.
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Step 2: Paper Layout
Using a pen and ruler draw a 1/2" border around the Paper. This is for alignment and squaring purposes.
Step 3: Pattern Cutting
Cut your pattern on at least two edges square Internally and leave at least 1/4 " on the outer edges. Remember to cut within the new borders you drew on the paper ( 7 1/2 x 10" maximum size for a cut pattern piece ). I try to not to cut apart words or other information on the pattern that I think should stay on one section even if I use extra paper.
Step 4: Pattern Layout and Marking
Tape the pattern squarely on the paper with translucent tape inside the boundaries and mark pieces.
Step 5: Scanning
Scan all pieces as .jpeg at 100%. I scan in color then render in grayscale on the computer. On my scanner the scan in black and white setting often produces undesirable results. I Use Photoshop to adjust and render the image into grayscale. Here is how to do it in windows photo gallery.
1. Open image in photo gallery.
2. Open Fix ( Pic 2)
3. Go to Adjust Color ( Pic 3)
4. Adjust Slide Bars To Zero Value.
Step 6: Before and After Scanning to Printing
Print all pieces at a 1 to 1 ratio (100 % ). You now have a completed pattern .
Step 7: Putting It Together.
Cut Tabs off on one side leave other side on for attachment
Step 8: Align and Tape
Align and tape all pattern pieces with translucent tape.
Step 9: Laminating
I use heavy duty clear packing tape to laminate both sides of my finished pattern. This gives me a nice thick edge to trace or cut around.I Can also make notes and adjustments on the pattern with a dry erase marker .
Step 10: Adjust at Will
The adjustments I make on the pattern will be cut out and re- scanned on the layout paper from step 2 and taped back in to position or I will just re print the pattern. These patterns can now be shared amongst friends.