Remember this top? It was one of the few I have taken the time to upload the pattern for. I always intend to upload the patterns for anyone who cares to use them but somehow it rarely happens. Part of the reason was since it was really a struggle to find out how to make that possible. Sweet kind Kelly from sewing in no man’s land helped me out a lot trying to figure out the way to do it. I am by no means a pro, and I almost doubt the way I do it is the best way, but incase anyone else is struggling to upload a pattern for their own use or to let others use, here is how I do it. 
Start by drawing a rectangle as a guide inside the paper, you do this since a printer doesn’t print to the edge. Make up as many as you need. I needed 3 pieces for this pattern. 

I color the corners of my paper so that it will help when I scan to make sure they stay full size.

Then for the body of the dress I needed two pieces together, line them up so the lines meet. Then trace your pattern on to the paper.

Add dots, or marks so you know where to join the pieces back up when the pattern prints.

trace all of your pieces and then you are ready to scan.
Usually when you scan you get a preview where you can adjust the scan space size. Make sure to include all four corners of the paper (hence the reason I mark mine) Accept the scan and save the image.

Open Photoshop (or a program like photoshop, but the instructions may vary a little) Open your saved scanned image. Start by selecting Image size.

Check the size, you want it to be the size of the paper you scanned, (or close) I also set my resolution to 300. 

Then select the shape tool (the little rectangle looking one) Make sure the color is set to white and make the shape fill the screen. This seems a little weird, but Kelly suggested this step and I have to say once I did it it made things way easier.

Next you want to make sure the shape layer is highlighted and then change the opacity of the picture. I change it to about 50% you just want to be sure that you can see the pattern through the design.

Next change your shape tool to a line tool and change the color to black. I start by drawing all the straight lines, since that is the easy part. Just follow all the straight lines of the pattern. Next to curve the line draw a line from the two points on either end of the curve. 

Then select the little pen tool and select “add anchor point” tool. 

Click to add an anchor then drag the point and the line will bend.

Once you have the line in place and in line with the pattern, right click and select, “stroke path” 

Then the line will be black and match the others. Do this with all the curved lines. Then you will also mark the dots on the page. Then re select the shape layer and change the opacity to 100% (back to solid) you will just have your pattern.

Select the text button to add any text to the pattern like instructions or labeling the pieces.

Lastly you flatten the image. 

When you are saving your image you can choose to save it as a PDF. Now you can upload each PDF for download or you can combine them in one file like I did for this top. I only know how to do this on a mac… but I bet there is a way with a PC. With my mac I open preview and then with all of the files open I simply drag and drop the files all on to the one I want first. Then it looks something like this, with the pages 1,2 and 3 on the side. Then I save and I have a multiple page PDF.

I use Media Fire for my PDFs, it is annoying for many reasons and a pop up video from china almost always pops up… I hate that. But it is free, free for me so free for you, I like that. There are other free hosting places as well, like scribd, they seem to be all the same. To use them sign up and then upload your multiple page (or single page) PDF. Then copy the link to the PDF and link it with your blog. Then when someone or yourself downloads your pattern it will be a PDF that they can print for themselves. Not bad right?
Maybe someday I will make my way through the pile of 30 patterns I have taking up space…
Even if you don’t share your patterns it can be handy to have a digital copy so if you ever need your pattern again you have it ready to go.


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