When I first started brainstorming what was to become Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns, I had a dream that as an elevated service to all of our sewers, our garment patterns (including patterns from our previous books) would be neatly packaged onto one convenient CD with an additional size (XXL), which had been so often requested. That dream became a reality last week when our book was released. But as happens so often, the things we think are going to change our lives in a particular way are often the ones that surprise us in a new way. Such is the case with the CD included with Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns. While many of our customers LOVE the new format, there are a small number who feel frustrated by it.
In our first three books, we recommended that the paper patterns be copied (or traced) before using in order to preserve the original patterns. Many of our readers followed that advice and copied patterns at print shops that had large-format copier/printers in their own communities. This made me think that the switch to CD would be a welcome change: it would eliminate the need for tracing (as the original pattern would always be preserved on the CD) and it would make printing easy (just email the file to a shop with a large-format printer and then have the printout mailed to you or go pick it up).
A reader commented on social media in the last days that I certainly didn’t make the decision to include the CD and blamed our publisher for the new format. That was not the case. The CD was my idea of elevated service. Certainly, I discussed this at length with the publisher and, together, we strove to create the best reader experience possible. On the CD we included not only the three new patterns featured in Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns (Short and Long Wrap Skirt; Classic Coat/Jacket/Cardigan; and A-Line Dress/Tunic/Top) but also artwork for all of the stencils used on the garments featured in the book and all of the garment patterns from the previous books with the additional size.
Yesterday, after reviewing feedback from some dissatisfied customers, our team came up with the following list of printing options that we would like to share. We hope one of these options will suit you:
1) As we originally imagined, open the CD on your computer, send the file for the pattern desired to a local shop with a large-format printer, and order the printed pattern. In the United States many local print shops offer this service (along with big box office shops like Office Depot, FedEx Print Center, and Staples). The charge should be in the range of $5-12 per pattern (also depending on the length). If you don’t have a CD drive on your computer, you’ll have to take the CD to the store yourself.
2) Print out the patterns on a standard-format printer at home and tape the pieces together. To do this, follow the instructions from our blog post How To Print a Garment and/or Stencil Pattern. This will work for whatever size paper is standard in your part of the world—select your paper size before printing. Fortunately, this process has gotten much easier in the last few years thanks to improvements in the PDF program in which we share the pattern files.
3) If you haven’t yet purchased a copy of Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns, you can now add paper copies of the patterns to your order through our online store, as follows:
- Add printed Wrap Skirt Pattern (with Short and Long variations)
- Add printed Classic Coat/Jacket/Cardigan Pattern
- Add printed A-line Dress/Tunic/Top Pattern
- Add printed copies of all new garment patterns
4) If you already purchased a copy of Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns from us or elsewhere, email us a copy of your receipt or the PDF from the CD for the pattern that you want to have printed. We will have the pattern printed and then mail it to you, charging you our costs for printing and handling as shown above plus the cost for your desired shipping method. Email these requests to orders (at) alabamachanin.com
Individual paper copies are available for the Wrap Skirt; Classic Coat/Jacket/Cardigan; and A-Line Dress/Tunic/Top, the three new patterns introduced in Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns. All of the other garment patterns are included on paper in our first three books: Alabama Stitch Book, Alabama Studio Style, and Alabama Studio Sewing + Design.
As always, we strive to provide customer service of the highest possible standard. We are here to help. Please let us know what we can do to improve your experience with Alabama Chanin and The School of Making products.