I began my Pussy Bow Blouse today! Hurray!
It's been a little bit of an ordeal, but today things went smoothly.
I tried to start this blouse a couple weeks ago. As I began to print the pattern, my ten-year-old printer finally gave up the ghost. What timing! That night Hubby ordered me a new one, and a few days later, I had it in hand. Anxious to print out the pattern, I shoved aside my Luddite tendencies, read through the manual step by step, and set up my new printer all by myself. I felt quite proud! I printed out my pattern, but then had to set it aside for a couple days before I had time to assemble it. And then of course I came down with a bad cold and couldn't think straight enough to tackle it.
Last Saturday I finally had both the time and the energy to do it. I got out my paper cutter and trimmed all the excess away, then carefully assembled the pieces together and . . . . Hmmmmm. It didn't look right. It looked awfully small.
I took a look at the printing instructions again, and yes - I did follow all the instructions. I went online to look for any kind of clue: finished measurements, size of the grid, anything. This pattern is different from others I've used in that it doesn't have a test square, and I couldn't find anything on Pattern Runway's website to help me out. What to do?
Finally, I sent an email to the designer explaining my dilemma. I was pleasantly surprised when Sarah got back to me only a few hours later. She told me that the grid squares should be 1" or 2.5 cm. and that I might have more luck printing from Adobe Reader than from Preview.
Another couple of days later, I had the time to reset my printer preferences and print it out again, and voila! The correct size! Yesterday I washed, dried and ironed my fabric and this afternoon I put together pattern #2, cut out the pieces, traced them onto the fabric and cut it out. With any luck, I can begin sewing tomorrow!
One thing I won't have to do tomorrow is knit on my Still Light dress, because I FINISHED IT THIS MORNING!! A "photoshoot" is coming up soon!
ETA: This is SO cool! I just learned from Karen how to change my settings so that the comments allow replies!