I generally prefer buying physical sewing patterns instead of PDFs—especially for clothing—but, sometimes, I’m just too impatient to wait for delivery. Luckily, many pattern companies now offer a handy printable PDF option for those of us who needed to get started, like, yesterday. (This is why I love the internet!) So, if you’re considering buying a PDF pattern for some instant-gratification sewing, take a moment to check out this helpful guide to using PDF sewing patterns that Devon from Miss Make shared on The Coletterie—it’ll help you avoid common mistakes and make sure you get the most out of your printables!


The Coletterie’s guide walks you through the process of printing and constructing their own Colette Patterns, but the basics are pretty much the same for most printable PDF sewing patterns that I’ve encountered.

Ready to get started? Click here to see how it’s done.