in progress : pdf pocket tank pattern


As I mentioned in an earlier post, I’m working on creating a downloadable pdf pattern and I’ve decided to test this out with the pocket tank I made this summer.  I’ve graded the pattern up [shown above], written and illustrated all of the instructions and now just need to scan this pattern, digitize it up and turn it into a pdf download.  I’m pretty pumped up about how it’s been going so far since this technical stuff is one of my fav parts of the design/creation process, guess that’s why I freelance as a patternmaker, duh!  I think the hardest part is going to be trying to figure out how to offer something for download on this site.  If anyone has experience or suggestions I would love love to hear them, I’ve done a bit of  googsin’* and am not really coming up with the answer.
* googsin’ = google-ing
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9 Responses to in progress : pdf pocket tank pattern

  1. katikando says:

    I don't know how to put it on your site but you could upload it to

    I'm super excited for this pattern! Thanks so much for doing this.

  2. Rosanna says:

    The pattern looks great, it would be a perfect for some fabric I found in the form of an old skirt belonging to my Mum 🙂 x

  3. Unfurled says:

    Hi Jen,
    If you have a website, and an ftp link to that, you would put your pdf in your space, then link to that on your blog. Get in contact if you need more info!

  4. no2pesnel says:

    I don't know much about creating pdf patterns, but I am looking forward to seeing them!

  5. Florence (at Flossie Teacakes) says:

    I use a service provided by e-junkie which costs $5 a month. Basically I upload my pdf to e-junkie along and set some parameters such as how much I want to sell it for etc and then they produce a couple of lines of code that I can put straight onto my blog – (either in a post or in your sidebar if fine). If you've got a PayPal account then the code they produce will include a PayPal button so that people can pay first with PayPal and then be taken straight through to a download link which they can click on. I used to send my patterns out via email, but it became frustrating to have to turn my laptop on every single day even at the weekends, so it's really nice to have the whole thing as an automated system that also means buyers can get the pattern immediately.

    Good luck with your patterns.

    Florence x

  6. Zoe says:

    Good luck! And congrats on nearly completing one of your resolutions for 2011! xxx

  7. jen says:

    thanks for all the info everyone, super helpful!!

  8. Sarah Eagle says:

    Hi there,

    I have two patterns on Burdastyle, which I hand-drafted, graded and digitized on my Mac and then converted to a PDF. I'm not sure how you would get it on your website, but you could have a link button straight to Burdastyle. If you want to take a look at mine the links are below and the patterns are free to download. Happy to help if you need it!

    BTW, what is that gadget in your pictures? Is it a grading machine?! How exciting! Where can I get one?


  9. jen says:

    Thanks everyone…Holly I think I will be emailing you soon…

    Sarah – Yup, it's a grading machine. You should be able to get one at patternmaking supply stores. I'm not sure where you're at, but if you don't have a patternmaking supply store, they sell them at SouthStar Supply…

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