Our patterns

PDF patterns

All our patterns are handily available in digital PDF form and can be printed out with a regular home printer. Digital patterns are automatically sent to the email address you have provided, where you can download them by clicking on the download link. The download link can also be found on the order confirmation page once the order has been paid for. This means you get the PDF pattern almost immediately! If you have a Named account, all digital products you purchase are automatically saved on your account and can be downloaded at any time.

If the pattern does not arrive in your inbox right away after your order has been confirmed, you may find it in your spam folder. Please also take care to always ensure that you enter the correct email address when making an order

What's included

PDF patterns consist of three files: an instruction file, a home-printable pattern file (print-at-home pattern) and a wide format pattern file (copy-shop pattern).

Instructions file

In addition to sewing instructions with diagrams, the instruction file also contains a size chart with measurement instructions, required amounts of fabric and other materials, the measurements of the finished garment, basic information on how to prepare your materials, mark your pieces and sew, as well as cutting plans for different sizes and fabric widths. If desired, the instructions can be printed on any home printer in all standard paper sizes. However, to save paper, we recommend not printing the instructions.

Pattern files

Both pattern files are layered, meaning that you can print the pattern in your desired size by hiding the other sizes. Instructions on how to use layered pattern files can be found from the section Using layered PDF patterns.

All Named patterns include seam allowances, which are 1 cm (3/8”) unless otherwise stated on the pattern or in the instructions. Customers therefore never have to add seam allowances themselves.

The pattern pieces have been organised separately on the sheet so that they can be cut directly from it if so desired. However, we always recommend copying the patterns onto tracing paper to preserve the original sheet. Patterns that have been traced onto thin tracing paper are also easier to handle and pin to fabric.

The home-printable pattern file can be printed on virtually any home printer and is suitable for all standard paper sizes, such as A4 and Letter. After they have been printed, the sheets are put together with tape to form a complete pattern. Further printing instructions can be found from the section Assembling PDF pattern sheets.

The wide format pattern file is intended to be printed at a print shop in A0 size or as a roll file. Two types of PDF patterns are available: Pre-2020, which have been published before 2020, and Post-2020, which have been published or updated during or after 2020. Please see the details section of the product page to find out the pattern type of a specific pattern. 

The 'copy-shop' file in Post-2020 patterns is designed to be printed on A0 sheets and can be sent to virtually any print shop for printing. The printed pattern is then taped together in the same way as a home-printed pattern.

The wide format file in Pre-2020 patterns is always 841 mm wide, but the length of the sheet varies depending on the size of the pattern. These files are ideal for roll printers, allowing for a single sheet that does not need to be taped together. However, please keep in mind that not all print shops have a roll printer. It may be possible to split a roll-printer file into separate sheets using the 'poster' print settings, so please ask for this option from your print shop in advance.

All our patterns have been designed and produced with love in our hometown of Helsinki, Finland.

PDF pattern types (Pre-2020 & Post-2020)

Our range includes two types of PDF patterns: Pre-2020, which have been published before 2020, and Post-2020, which have been published or updated during or after 2020. Please see the details section of the product page to find out the pattern type of each pattern. The most significant new features of the Post-2020 patterns are:

  • Improved pattern and instructions layout
  • Added sizes up to EUR 56 (US 24 / UK 28)
  • A0-sized copy-shop pattern
  • Bust apex marking
  • Minor fit alterations
  • Separate cutting layouts for wide and narrow fabrics
  • More frequent diagrams
  • Clearer diagrams with serger stitching
  • Diagrams for interfacing placement

Pattern-specific update notes can be found here.

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Password protection

All PDF patterns and instructions are password protected for copyright reasons and cannot be opened in editing programs such as Illustrator. Some print shops do not accept password-protected files. Please confirm that your print shop accepts password-protected files in advance. We do not disclose passwords or provide unprotected files to third parties under any circumstance.

Printed patterns

Our beautifully packaged printed patterns are sent by mail directly to your home address. Read more about delivery options and prices here.

What's included

Printed patterns include an instruction booklet and one or more pattern sheets, depending on the size of the product.

Instructions and pattern information

In addition to sewing instructions with diagrams, the instruction booklet also contains a size chart with measurement instructions, basic information on how to prepare your materials, mark your pieces and sew, as well as cutting plans for different sizes and fabric widths. The required amounts of fabric and other materials as well as the finished garment measurements are printed on the back cover of the package.

Pattern sheets

Each printed pattern includes one or more pattern sheets, printed on white 80 g paper. The pattern layout is always non-overlapping.

All Named patterns include seam allowances, which are 1 cm (3/8”) unless otherwise stated on the pattern or in the instructions. Customers therefore never have to add seam allowances themselves.

The pattern pieces have been set clearly apart so that they can be cut directly from the sheets without tracing. However, we always recommend copying the patterns onto tracing paper to preserve the original sheet. Patterns that have been traced onto thin tracing paper are also easier to handle and pin to fabric. If you want, you can see our video tutorial Tracing a pattern.

All our patterns have been designed and printed with love in our hometown of Helsinki, Finland.

Copyright

Named’s patterns are intended for private home sewing use only, and all forms of commercial use are prohibited. Commercial use includes but is not limited to the sale of clothing made with the patterns, copying and reselling of patterns and use of patterns in sewing workshops that are subject to a charge. If you are interested in selling our patterns in your business or using them as part of your sewing course, please contact us info@namedclothing.com. We will gladly discuss retail!

All PDF patterns and instructions are password protected for copyright reasons and cannot be opened in editing programs such as Illustrator. Some print shops do not accept password-protected files. Please confirm that your print shop accepts password-protected files in advance. We do not disclose passwords or provide unprotected files to third parties under any circumstance.