Ready, Set, Sew!

During my holiday vacation I did a few of my favorite things-eating (way too much), sleeping (never enough), sewing (wish I got more done), and fabric shopping, fabric shopping, and more fabric shopping. So now I have to go back to the gym, get back to work, finish the sewing projects I started, and find some fun patterns for all the new fabric I purchased. And I need new patterns fast because I officially have no more space to store my mushrooming fabric stash, so I need to get sewing!

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Mix + Match Dress e-pattern.

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Each pattern comes with a layout diagram to make tiling the pages easy!

During my holiday vacation I did a few of my favorite things-eating (way too much), sleeping (never enough), sewing (wish I got more done), and fabric shopping, fabric shopping, and more fabric shopping. So now I have to go back to the gym, get back to work, finish the sewing projects I started, and find some fun patterns for all the new fabric I purchased. And I need new patterns fast because I officially have no more space to store my mushrooming fabric stash, so I need to get sewing!

What’s a fabric-obsessed girl severely lacking in storage like me to do?

Digital sewing patterns to the rescue!

Whether you call them e-patterns, downloadable patterns, or digital patterns, I call them instant sewing gratification. I push a button, and I instantly have full-size pattern pieces and instructions downloaded to my hard drive and printing out on my printer. Yep, that’s right–no waiting, no trudging out into the cold, and no stalking of the mail person waiting for a pattern to arrive in the mail. I see it, I buy it, and I have it in my hot little hands instantly. It’s magic!

Now some of you are already hip to digital sewing patterns and have been happily using them. They are definitely a growing trend. Whether you are short on time, looking for new designs, or love to shop online, digital sewing patterns are the answer.

If you have never used a digital sewing pattern, here’s how it works. Like you, I have a stash of commercial sewing pattern packets, and I sew from magazine patterns all the time. It’s really the same process. With digital patterns, you just print out the instructions and full-size pattern or templates on a series of 8½ x 11 sheets of paper, then tile the pattern sheets like a giant puzzle on the floor. Don’t worry, it’s not like a game of Concentration-every sheet is clearly marked so you know the order of sheets. Then simply tape the sheets together and either cut out the pattern pieces or trace them onto sewing-pattern paper. You get everything you need to start sewing immediately, and it’s super easy!

One of my main goals with Stitch has always been to promote talented independent and up-and-coming designers and to offer readers fresh contemporary sewing patterns. So we are happy to announce that we are launching Sew Daily digital sewing patterns featuring Stitch patterns from back issues from your favorite designers. So if you missed an issue or there is a particular project that you love and you just want that one project (or two, or three), you can download single patterns instantly from our online store. To start, we have the projects from the premier Fall 2008 and Spring 2009 issues available, and then look for new patterns to be added every couple months.

So you have the fabric (I know you do), you know where you can get a cool pattern instantly, what are you waiting for?

 

Start sewing!

 

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