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    Mar 17, 2013, 03.14 AMby SandraR85

    Im so confused. I printed all the pages out already. It clearly says to print the test page and measure the test box which should be 1″ × 1″. I did that, printed on a 8.5 × 11 inches paper actual size. I used adobe, is this correct? Why is it now Im reading it has to be 10cm by 10cm?

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      Mar 17, 2013, 03.21 AMby SandraR85

      Nevermind, i think I get it now. Every pattern is different. Everyone should do the test page and measure. Print actual size on regular paper. All my pages seem fine and fit perfectly.

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    Dec 11, 2012, 08.57 PMby Victoria Moss

    I printed one page from each of the two patterns that I purchased. In both cases, I printed the page with the 4" square, so I could be sure everything would print to size before printing out 50+ pages of pattern.

    First printing: squares are 4 1/8". At 97% scale: squares are 3 13/16". At 99% scale: squares are 3 7/8".

    I tried 99.5%. I tried 99.75%. Nothing seems to work.

    Have I really just purchased about 50 pp of patterns that I’ll never be able to print accurately? I was so much happier when I could simply purchase your printed patterns.

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    Dec 8, 2012, 06.19 AMby Brisbane Bronze Spray Tanning

    Does anyone know if you are meant to match the triangles point to point? Some of my triangles are larger (these have been intersected by a line) and some are just cut off and look like smaller triangles.

    My print square is 10cm by 10cm, just not sure if I should be overlapping the triangles to make a small diamond or lining them up at the points to make a larger diamond.

    Maybe I have printed wrong – should every piece of paper have a border where it cuts off to join the next piece? Some of mine have borders but some just stop a few mm from the edge of the paper, with no line or border (this is where the small triangles are happening)

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    Nov 29, 2012, 11.10 PMby Abuelita2

    Wow, I see it takes Burda 10 days to answer questions. Not good. For people who are having trouble getting the pieces to line up, I’ve just figured out that if the little diamonds don’t match up exactly, it’s because the pattern has printed out to the wrong scale. One of the pages has a scale box that should measure exactly 10 X 10 cm. You need to print this scale out first and make sure it’s exactly the right size before possibly wasting all that paper.

    I’ve just spent 1.5 days getting this right. It matters which program you use to view your downloaded PDF pattern. On my Mac, if you right-click on the PDF file, it gives you choices on which viewing programs to use. I found that with the Adobe Reader choice, the square printed out at 10.6 cm: too large. On switching to the default Mac viewer, called Preview, it came out to exactly 10 cm.

    One thing Burda could do to help us save time: Offer that scaling square right up front on its own, not in the middle of 29 pages of pattern.

    Another thing. Burda, would it be that much trouble to label the pattern pieces? Front, back, facing, etc? While you’re doing that, could you graphically add the 5/8" seam allowance? Or even better, offer the PDF download in 3 versions: With 5/8", 1/2", or 1" seam allowances. Should be a piece of cake for you. And how about a 4th version: The same pattern with a lowered bust line for us older sewers! It’s all just computer graphics, should be easy!

    I think pattern companies have an exaggerated idea of the kind of leisure time we sewers have at our disposal.

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    Nov 16, 2012, 03.51 PMby Beth Hahn

    I’ve downloaded and taped together style #113 for the pencil skirt with back godet. I need a key that tells me which line reflects what sizes. There are no pattern directions, and this is my first clothing project. Can someone help? Thank you!

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      Nov 26, 2012, 05.25 PMby BurdaStyle Support

      Hello Beth, You can download the pattern instructions here: http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/012011-pencil-skirt-with-back-godet/. Meg will be reviewing the instructions today and revising them if necessary. By clicking the same link you will find the sizes listed. This pattern comes in sizes 34, 36, 3,8,40, 42, 44. Size 34 will be the innermost pattern line and size 44 will be the outermost pattern line. Don’t forget to add your seam allowance. I usually go with 1/2" but definitely double check the instructions for recommendations. I hope this helps. Please e-mail if you have any further questions.



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    Sep 21, 2012, 10.06 AMby hannahstanton

    I purchased this pattern. I’ve printed and stuck together. I now need to know: Which line should I cut to for a uk size 12? There is no key for any of the dotted/dashed/ straight lines etc! Do I have to add the seam allowances when I cut the fabric? thanks, Hannah http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/022011-jersey-jacket

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    Aug 13, 2012, 04.13 AMby hbar

    Hi I am printing a pattern at home and the test square comes out at 10.0cm horizontally but 9.9cm vertically. Do you think this is how the pattern was drawn? I guess its not such a big deal since in a full dress I will only be missing about a cm. I’m using Adobe acrobat 9 to print with page scaling: none. Holly

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      Sep 10, 2012, 03.14 PMby burdastyle

      Hello hbar,

      When you print out the pattern as is/100% the test square should be 10cm x 10cm (4", minus 1/16"). So as long as you did not scale the pages when printing out, your pattern size should be fine and fit.


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    Jul 31, 2012, 06.14 AMby ana siew

    so scary aft read all the mgs !!

    is it so diff? i just purchase a pattern, OMG! i wanna go n print at copy shop, anyone can tell me wht size of paper i can bring the pattern out in one big paper?

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    Jul 31, 2012, 06.14 AMby ana siew

    so scary aft read all the mgs !!

    is it so diff? i just purchase a pattern, OMG! i wanna go n print at copy shop, anyone can tell me wht size of paper i can bring the pattern out in one big paper?

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    Jul 14, 2012, 08.54 AMby Sealanes

    I have printed out my first pattern..seems to be in scale 4″ × 4″ square..all good so far. I am not sure whether the pattern allows for the seam allowance or do I have to add this in when I cut out the pattern on the material.


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    Jul 5, 2012, 06.51 PMby Diane Mathews Olds

    I’m. Very disappointed in how these patterns work. What a joke! Very hard to read instructions andnot to mention trying to put pattern together after printing. Youcould have at least informed me of this before I purchased. I will never. Purchase another pattern on here, its deceiving!

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    Jun 11, 2012, 08.41 PMby Mairéad Finnegan

    I just downloaded bustier top #127 today and all I got when I downloaded it was a tiny picture of the top with no sizing guidelines or anything to cut out, at that rate I’d have to blow the picture up and figure out the sizing by myself and this is a project for a novice! Any help welcome!

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    May 12, 2012, 03.35 PMby brofix

    I sure would have liked some more info on the pattern before purchasing – like the fact that it requires 30 pages of printouts!! Seriously? Let the customer know these things first. Not going to be printing these patterns at home again. Disappointing, but lesson learned I guess.

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    May 12, 2012, 01.18 PMby annabaria

    I spent all afternoon printing out 28 sheets of A4 paper, cutting them and sticking them together with tape only to find that hardly any of them matched up, the little notches matched on one side but not the other etc, all 28 pages were printed the same so what’s THAT all about??? What a waste of my time and money.

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      May 12, 2012, 01.21 PMby annabaria

      Also, I have no settings on my printer for ‘print to scale’ etc so I just had to hit print and let it print, I have no way of changing the options.

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    May 2, 2012, 12.12 AMby Susan Trubey

    I had a lot of trouble setting this up to print correctly. But, finally got it working on my computer system and thought it might help someone. I am using a MacBook with Chrome Browser and an HP printer. I didn’t have very good luck when I tried to print the file with one command, so I printed each page separately and because I didn’t want to change any of my printer defaults, I had to adjust the settings for each page.

    (1) Open download in Chrome (2) Chose “Print” from the File Menu (3) Chose Open PDF in preview (4) Chose "Print Selected Page (5) Select the page you want to Print (6) Chose Draft, US Letter, and Fill Entire Paper.

    It was a slow and cumbersome project this way, but it worked.

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    Apr 5, 2012, 06.10 PMby Rachel27

    When I download the patterns, they download first as Textedit, which of course few people can read; I tried Preview — not a help. It comes up Blank. Then I looked at the support system for the download, and, frankly, few American computers are supported by this OS. I do not know how to access the two patterns I paid for. I admit, they’re inexpensive, but I have downloaded other patterns with absolutely no problem, none of the issues described in the blogs, none of the frustration, and it took very little time to put the pattern together — it was practically intuitive. You have got to find a better way to do this. Meanwhile, could you make downloading less of a headache for americans, who I presume form a substantial part of your customer base? I feel flummoxed, and I feel as though I wasted my money since I can’t access the download. I have a MacBook Pro, OS X, version 10.6.8. I have never had a problem downloading with this laptop before. r

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    Mar 17, 2012, 06.51 AMby Elisabé Perruque

    These patterns are adapted to US paper size. So if you’re in Europe, select the “US paper size” on your printer (215.9 × 279.4). And your test square will come out a perfect 10×10cm ! (trust me, I’ve just done it after quite a number of unsuccessful attemps !)

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    Feb 27, 2012, 03.01 PMby jefame

    Forget the challenges of printing it out and the accuracy of the test square. I have accessed the pattern and instructions but nowhere can I find how much material I need as well as the key for the sizes on the pattern—that is, what size is the dash line, what size is the dotted line, etc. Can someone help me with this? Am I blind, or is this information somewhere else?

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      Mar 14, 2012, 03.13 AMby sew4my3

      Hello jefame,

      Go to the project photo and just below you will see download PDF instructions. If you still can’t locate it, please let me know which pattern you are needing and I will help you along.

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    Feb 14, 2012, 07.11 PMby ftroy

    Well, I see by all these comments that I wasted my $3.50. I inadvertently closed the website after only downloading the instructions and not the pattern and can’t get to anywhere that will let me download the pattern without purchasing it again, which I certainly will not be doing. What a business! Freddie

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      Feb 22, 2012, 12.00 AMby mynameisdavid

      Hi Freddie,

      Once you confirm and process your purchase, or select your free pattern, the pattern is automatically sent to your Purchase History page within your profile. Go to your profile by clicking on your username, and click on My Account – Purchase History.

      If you have further questions, please visit our Support page at Support[dot]BurdaStyle[dot]com.

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    Jan 29, 2012, 12.26 PMby lyndybin

    Hi there,

    I just purchased a pattern but it has not downloaded. It is from the new upcoming Burda Magazine. Where is it?


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    Nov 23, 2011, 10.06 PMby dellakilleen

    I bought a downloadable copy of a pattern and all I got when I open the PDF was a shrunk version of my pants that fits on one page. Where is my pattern? What did I do wrong? della

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    Sep 8, 2011, 02.54 PMby MarieMauceri

    HELP please. It is the first time I bought patterns here, and am trying to print them. I may be doing something wrong, because I keep printing instructions and all the comments, but can’t find my patterns. Where they are supposed to be?

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    Aug 30, 2011, 06.10 PMby bluetalmeida

    Hi! today was my first time buying a download pattern from this site so let;s see how it works. The size seems weird to me honestly and how come that the program doesn’t ask you for your printer paper size? that’s weird, because THAT can cause several problems. What I know for sure is that from www.sewingpatterns.com all the patterns you buy for download come in the right size, but the program ask you first what’s your paper size ;)

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    May 15, 2011, 07.49 PMby trintsik

    how do i mark the pattern on the fabric? this all seems so difficult..

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    Apr 26, 2011, 07.20 PMby alia91

    Hey, It’s the first time to download a pattern and i’m completely clueless.. i downloaded the newest version of Adobe , but when I press Get it now to download the pattern all i get is.. save it as a Chrome HTML document.. Can anyone help?!

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    Apr 20, 2011, 06.18 PMby beeflisa

    I have struggled and struggled to the point of near insanity to get my “Print at Home” patterns to print properly. I have scoured the Adobe help pages, downloaded and installed new drivers for my printer, checked and unchecked various options in the print menu, hit the printer really hard (hey, it worked on old TVs!), but nothing worked; I always ended up with one edge of the pattern missing on each page. The line on the side was always missing and one of the “match-up triangles” was always only half there. Today, desperate to make it work, I finally selected the “Shrink to Printable Area” option in the “Page Scaling” dropdown menu. I know, this is a no-no… but guess what? Now all of the lines are on the pages, and the test square is EXACTLY 10cm!

    Also, one obvious but sometimes forgotten piece of advice: Make sure to select the “Fast Draft” option for print quality, to save time and money.

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    Feb 8, 2011, 02.10 AMby jenstrope

    I’m trying to print the JJ blouse pattern at home and am having several problems.

    First, when I open the PDF, I’m getting the message: “An error exists on this page. Acrobat may not display the page correctly.”

    The first page is blank and the last page has what appears to be very tiny pattern pieces that would be too small for a Barbie doll.

    I don’t see a square that would allow me to determine if things are going to print in the correct size.

    I went ahead and printed out the pages just to see how it would go together, and a lot of the pages do not match up with their assigned numbers. I taped together pages with their matching numbers and “arrows” (1C to 1C, 2B to 2B, etc) and many of the pattern pieces just stop on one page and do not continue onto the next one, or an obviously different piece is on the next page and they clearly do not match up.

    I see that a lot of people have made this blouse. Did everyone else pay to have it printed at the copy shop? Is there an error in the print at home PDF?

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    Nov 21, 2010, 09.57 AMby lilacpurplemarks

    hi i want to find out how to download patterns

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    Nov 8, 2010, 09.55 PMby carottesauvage

    Gee, I wouldn’t imagine that there will be some snares about the pattern download procedures. I find it fun to assemble the tiles together. The process helps me envisage potential variations , and what the heck: seam allowances are included to all Burdastyle ‘in house’ patterns… so it actually speeds up the whole cutting thing.

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    Nov 7, 2010, 11.05 AMby varenoea

    Haha, the test square. The most useless thing in the world.

    Once I print out the pattern, it’s never the size it’s supposed to be. There’s this little square for size comparison – it’s mostly at least an inch too big.

    Is there a trick to make sure the pattern is printed out in the correct size (before I print)? I mean, I can hardly import all these files individually into Photoshop and make them smaller!

    As it is, with the patterns coming out too big (therefore useless), I never pay for a download pattern. Once you’ve got a certain experience, it’s actually easier to work without a pattern than with one the wrong size.

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      Nov 10, 2010, 10.06 AMby hand-quilter

      If the test square is too big, see if your printer settings have an option to print to a smaller scale? I know mine scale in % so if that was me I would try the test square page at 90% and see what happened. Good luck :-)

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