On the left is my first version of the LB Pullover, A Paper Theory pattern. However, I don’t mean to single out Paper Theory, as this applies to most PDF patterns.
My printer automatically cuts off tops and bottoms of pages and I cannot discover any way to reduce the unwanted almost-inch on each end that won’t print. I’ve tried. For years. 🥵
There’d be no problem if every pattern company left margins on all four sides of every page, but they don’t. (Even better if the margins were standardized.) Looking at Paper Theory’s extremely complete Instructions, they appear to print to the edges of pages. I’m worried that’s not going to bode well for fit.
When a pattern is less than 30 pages (as this is) I hate to have to send it off to PDFPlotting (although they do a super good job and I can adjust shipping to UPS-Ground to get them quickly).
As with all PDF patterns I print at home I then spend inordinate amounts of time with a glue stick. But I find that no matter how much glue I apply there’s always something that won’t stick. Frequently there are several. Often I just give up and get out the tape.
Then I swear (a lot) and vow never to put myself through the agony again because it winds up costing me too much time, it kills my creative urge, and I wind up tossing everything into the Corner of Doom.
Which means days/weeks/seasons can go by before a highly anticipated project sees light of day again.
In this specific case, I tried hard not to let “the paralysis of analysis” (as Dr. King wrote in one of his books) overtake me. The Vogue Fabric fleece is green, my fav colour. So I bit the bullet, took some educated guesses, measured lengths, and specifically checked the neckline piece.
Surprisingly, the sleeves didn’t need shortening, and the front/back are okay. I did have to add to the length of the neckline piece, which might have been a factor of the lower fabric stretch. Next time I’ll try cutting on the bias.
But I did manage to finish the green version. I’ve worn it several times now, and it seems to be okay, except for the sleeves, which won’t stay out of the washing up. Elastic. Eventually . . .
I’m giving myself a medal.
And possibly another version of the pattern in a stretchier knit.