Sewing patterns online

I’ve been receiving a lot of questions on where to buy patterns here in Manila/Philippines.  Unfortunately, there really aren’t any stores/shops that carry the actual paper patterns (which are so much fun and so exciting to open).

A good alternative though if you’re keen on getting new designs is to purchase online through Sewingpatterns.com.  You just have to create a user name and log-in and you can purchase using your credit card.  My experience has been pretty good (no shipping required obviously), although you will need to keep the following things in mind:

  1. Make sure you test print that you’re printing to scale.  There will be a test page and you have to make sure that the size you’re printing is accurate or the whole pattern will be totally ruined.
  2. You will need to have LOTS of paper and tape on hand and a BIG space to put everything together.  My entire living room floor gets filled up when I’m taping the printed pattern together before cutting it out!  Turn off your electric/ceiling fans (Don’t do what I did and get stuck chasing papers around and having a hell of a time reorganizing them hehehe)
  3. Have big envelopes/plastic dividers/clear books on hand.  I organize the patterns I bought in big Manila envelopes for easy reference.
  4. For the patterns I’ve downloaded, you can only print each up to 5 times.  This isn’t really a problem though, in fact I could see myself sharing patterns with my friends who sew too.
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7 responses

  1. Hi i know this is off topic but is semi related but im desperate haha 🙂
    I’ve been looking for a swimsuit seamstress for so long.. so i was wondering do you or if not you know anyone who does swimsuits? thanks and i hope you can help me 🙂

  2. hi. there’s this japanese books you can buy at National bookstore worth P85 (pag sale P69 hehehe).patterns for gir’ls clothes etc.. inside there are patterns that is folded and when u unfold it is as big as manila paper which you can cut out and trace hehehe 😉

  3. Hi! Can I be your student in sewing? I am a college undergrad (freshman scholar) and want to earn money from sewing (since I can’t take part-time jobs) and dressmaking classes cost a lot. Sorry. I really am desperate. 😦

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