Winslow Culottes Sewalong

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Winslow Culottes Sewalong : Assembling The Pattern

Winslow Culottes Sewalong

I love PDF patterns.  I know I’m not alone here, but I also know some people are on the fence.  Maybe you haven’t tried one yet, and your wondering how pdf patterns even work!  There are lots of benefits to PDF patterns, and once you get the hang of assembling them, you can have your next sewing project printed, cut, taped and ready to go in no time!

The benefits of PDF patterns

  1. Endless prints.  You can print the pattern as many times as you like! This is nice because if your copy gets damaged, or you want to significantly alter it to achieve a different look, you can always print off a new copy when needed.
  2. Print only your size.  Not all pattern companies do this, but more are starting to include this feature!  Turn sizes on and off using the layers in acrobat.
  3. Durable.  Tissue patterns are nice and compact, but I often rip mine when working with them (I’m a bit of a klutz).   Having the paper patterns is nice, much stronger and when using a rotary cutter, you don’t need the light weight tissue.

Lets get started with our PDF pattern.  I am using a slightly older version of the pattern in these photos, so you may notice a few differences, but the assembly process is exactly the same.

1. Print the first page of the pattern and measure the square to ensure it is the right scale.  If it is not, try checking ‘actual size’ in your printer settings or unchecking ‘size to fit’ or ‘scale to size’.  Once the square is the right size, print the rest of the pattern.  Depending on the view and size you are making, you may not need to print all the pages.  See page 4 of the instruction book for details. Winslow Culottes Sewalong

2. Gather your supplies. All you need is scissors and tape.  I like to use a tape dispenser, it will increase your speed and make things much easier.  Winslow Culottes Sewalong

Another tool I like to use is a paper cutter.  This is optional, but it makes it faster to trim off the top and side of the pages, because you can cut several at once. Winslow Culottes Sewalong

3. Trim the top and right side of every page along the border line.  On the top row, you can leave the top un-cut, but that is optional. Winslow Culottes Sewalong

4. Get all your pages in order and line up the first row.  I like to line things up to ensure I get everything right.  Match the triangles with the number and letter to ensure you have the right pages next to each other. Winslow Culottes SewalongWinslow Culottes Sewalong

5. Overlap the right edge of the first sheet over the left edge of the second sheet.  Line up the triangles and top and bottom border lines.  Use any pattern pieces as guidelines too.  Winslow Culottes Sewalong

6. Put a piece of tape to hold together the pages. Tape as much as you feel is needed.  I like to tape only where the pattern pieces are connecting, and avoid taping where there is only blank paper.Winslow Culottes Sewalong

7. Continue along overlapping and taping your first row together. Winslow Culottes Sewalong Winslow Culottes Sewalong Winslow Culottes Sewalong

8. Line up row two, making sure that the triangles on the top of the row two pages match the triangles on the bottom of row one.  Note that there is a page missing from the top left corner in this pattern. How to Assemble a PDF Pattern

9. Tape the pages in row two together and then tape row two to row one.  Continue taping together row by row and attaching the rows to the one above.How to Assemble a PDF Pattern

10. Consult the size legend before cutting out your pattern.  Cut along your size lines to get your 4 pattern pieces. How to Assemble a PDF Pattern How to Assemble a PDF Pattern

11. Pattern storage. I like to store my PDF pattern in large envelopes.  This is a compact way to store them and you can easily find past patterns by taping a picture of the pattern on the front. How to Assemble a PDF Pattern

12. Getting things flat.  You can iron your paper patterns using a low heat and no steam.  Iron on the back side of your pattern, but only iron if you have not put any tape on the backside!
Winslow Culottes Sewalong

I hope this step by step assembly post has been helpful. Let me know your tips on assembling PDF patterns, I am always happy to learn new tricks!   On Monday we will cut our fabric, make sure you pre-wash now so you are all ready to go!

About the author


Helen Wilkinson is the designer and founder of Helen's Closet Patterns. She also co-hosts the Love to Sew Podcast! Helen is obsessed with all things sewing and strives to share her passion and knowledge with the sewing community.

4 Comments on “Winslow Culottes Sewalong : Assembling The Pattern”

  1. Hi there, I was wondering if you could help me figure out something. I sent my pdf to a copy shop for printing, and am tracing it onto paper I don’t mind mucking up. I’m a little confused about the 3rd A0 page. The waistband is clear, but I can’t figure out what the large block taking up the bulk of the sheet is for. I’ve double checked the instruction booklet, and don’t see it on the cutting layout instructions. I’m a new sewer and just want to make sure that I’m not missing something before jumping in. Thanks for any help or insight you can offer!

    1. Hi Shaina! Thanks for sewing Winslow! This piece on page three is the bottom of the back leg (the top is on page two). You need to tape the bottom to the top because the piece was too big to fit on one page. There is a triangle to help you line them up accurately. I hope that helps!

  2. Hi! The back piece (2) on the copy shop version seems to be missing the “cut here for view C/view D” – it ends at View B, where it also says to cut here and join with lower back leg. I think I’m not getting something here. Thank you!!

    1. Hi Claudia! Thanks for sewing Winslow! I’m sorry for the confusion. We had trouble fitting the back leg of Winslow on the copy shop page so we had to split it onto two pages.

      On the second page, you want to cut the upper back leg along the view B line (where there is a triangle). Then on the third page you want to cut out the lower back leg along the upper edge with the corresponding triangle and the ‘cut here for view C’ line. Then you will join the upper back leg and the lower back leg together at that triangle to make a whole View C back leg. I’m sorry to make you do a little bit of taping here.

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