Introducing the newest feature of Love Notions patterns— trimless pattern assembly!

by | April 16, 2015

I started Love Notions from the standpoint of a consumer first. For almost 10 years I ran a children’s custom clothing company using patterns from around the web, Ottobre, “Big 4” patterns,  as well as some of my own designs. Some patterns were awesome and some… not so much. When I started Love Notions I wanted my designs to be a pleasurable experience for the consumer. And I’ve found yet another way to make that experience even better! I’m so happy to introduce trimless pattern assembly to the Love Notions brand. That’s right, now our patterns have hyper links, layers AND are trimless! It’s like the trifecta of pdf sewing and assembling. I’m pretty excited about this and I hope you are too.

What does ‘trimless’ mean exactly? After printing off your pattern you’ll be layering and taping them together instead of trimming off one side and bottom. Here is a quick tutorial on how to assemble a trimless Love Notions pattern.

First things first

If your selected pattern has more than one view then you’ll need to decide which view you’ll be sewing. On page 3 you’ll find a print chart so you can print just your selected view’s pages.


Adobe Reader is the only option

Before printing be sure you are opening directly from Adobe Reader and that it is up to date. If you open and print the pattern directly from the web preview Adobe app you will not be able to use the layers feature and you run the risk of your pattern not printing to scale. Adobe Acrobat can be downloaded here for free.


Almost from the beginning Love Notions patterns have included the layers printing functionality. When the pattern is opened from Adobe Reader you’ll see several icons down the left hand side. The icon that looks like two sheets of paper stacked is the one that deals with layers. Click on that and a menu will pop out. Click on the + sign on the menu and all the sizes included will appear. Simply select the size(s) you’d like to print.


US or A4 printing

One last thing to select in the layers menu is your paper size. If you’re a US printer then your guideline is automatically selected. If you happen to be one of my lovely international customers I have included a special guideline just for your A4 paper. Un-select the USA guidelines button and select the A4 guidelines. One of these guidelines must remain on so the pattern can be lined up correctly. Once printed you’ll notice that the A4 is a dotted line and the USA guideline is solid. The horizontal line is the same for both types.


Ready to print

After you’ve selected your size(s) and paper size in the layers menu the only thing left to do print. In the printer menu input your selected pages, be sure page scaling is set to none and that the auto-rotate and center button is selected. Love Notions patterns print beautifully in black & white to save on ink so go ahead and make that selection as well if desired.

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Now what

Now take your printed pattern to a clear area and begin assembling. Lay the second page on top of the first butting the edge of page 2 up to the guideline on page 1 but not covering guideline. Continue on for that row. For the second row, lay the first page on top of the bottom of the first, again right up to but not over the line. Continue on that row as you did row 1. You will notice there is a small piece of line that won’t print. Just cut like normal and fill in the line if you wish.

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Get sewing!

Your pattern is now assembled and ready to cut out. If you have any questions or need further help I’m only an email away. Feel free to contact me or post in the Facebook group for help.

Current trimless patterns

I am currently in the process of converting all 25+ Love Notions patterns to the trimless format. I’m happy to announce that all the ladies patterns are reformatted now!  If you’ve already purchased one of the ladies patterns you will receive the updated pattern free. If you purchased through the shop your file is automatically updated in your account. If you purchased through Craftsy, you’ll find the new file in your account as well. Unfortunately, Etsy purchasers will need to contact me through email with a copy of their receipt or order number and I will email you the file within 48 hours.

As of October 2015 all patterns with one exception (Girls Hip-Hop Tank) have been updated to the trimless + layers format!


And a huge shout out to Kymy of Everything Your Mama Made and More (EYMM), she let me bug her several times with my questions on the best way to implement trimless patterns. <3


  1. Gloria June

    Fabulous! Thank you for making your designs even more fantastic!


  2. Rebecca

    Oh my goodness I have never known that function existed, I just bought my first of your patterns and this has made it so much more value than even getting the pattern on sale.
    Thank you so much.


  3. Carolyn

    I know xxxx is the pass word but still no pattern for Ltd top



      Hi Carolyn,
      I edited your comment to take the code out since it’s for group members. You should be able to log into your account and go to downloads to access all your patterns. Let me know if you’re having trouble:


  4. rhonda.jay

    do you have wide format printing available? I got a 36″ plotter printer for my 50th birthday and am trying to print on it where I can.


  5. Felice

    Wow – the trimless pattern and ability to print only the size I want has made life so much easier – thanks!


  6. anniebtempleton

    I want to send my LN patterns to a large print facility and it is asking me to determine the size/type of paper/tyvex. Any suggestions?

    Many thanks,


  7. Tami Meyer

    HI Annie,
    What pattern are you printing? If you look on the product listing it says in the last paragraph what size the large format file is (usually 33″ x 46″- A0) and how many pages it is.


  8. lmbberry

    Hi! I have successfully printed my pattern (sonata) in A4 size. I have also managed the joining side-to -side with no problems but now I come to the horizontal join I notice a solid black line along the top as well as the bottom. In order to get the cutting lines to join it seems like I have to trim this off the top. I’m rather confused by this as the pictures in the guide don’t show this line and I was not expecting to have to trim anything!
    regards, Lorna


    • Tami Meyer

      Hi Lorna,
      It doesn’t sound like it printed correctly. There shouldn’t be a line across the top. I would try printing again and make sure the settings are correct.


      • lmbberry

        Hi Tami
        thanks for a quick reply! I have reprinted, and again double checked settings, but the same thing has happened. Now I look closer I can see pages 21-26, 38-39 and 53-56 have no top line and pages 27-37 and 40-41 have the lines. Any clues there?


  9. lmbberry

    I have reprinted three times now and still have the lines. I have followed your instructions carefully to no avail. Can I simply trim off the top where the line is or will that make the pattern pieces too short?I had planned to make this dress on Wednesday but will now have to wait till next Wednesday before I get another chance. I thought downloading a pattern would save time…. I have taken photos along the way but cannot find a way to add these? Please, please help!


    • Tami Meyer

      I’m not sure why you’re still getting those phantom lines, it seems like your printer doesn’t want to corporate. If the pattern lines still line up correctly I think you can trim away the top without issue.


      • lmbberry

        fourth copy was done on a different printer, still got lines on some of the pages…


        • Tami Meyer

          I just reprinted the pattern myself to be sure there wasn’t something wrong with the file and I didn’t get the lines across the top on mine. I think this is your printer. I had A4 testers as well as 8.5″x11″ and they didn’t get the lines either. In any case, if the pattern lines still line up you can trim away the excess.


          • gerdsussi

            Do you have a US or A4 printer? I have to change the setting on the printer to remove that line on top of the sheet 🙂

  10. barbet2

    Hi Please can I print patterns on an iPad. I don’t seem able to find a menu to alter the lines.


    • Tami Meyer

      Yes, you can Barb. Just be sure to open with the Adobe Reader app. One thing to note when opening and printing from a mobile device- layers do not work. So if you want to print just your size you’ll need to open and print from a computer.



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Meet Tami

My passion is to design user-friendly, digital sewing patterns that help you create the modern, comfortable clothes that will become your wardrobe staples. Whether you are a master sewist or a complete novice, my goal is for you to enjoy the entire sewing process from the time you click “download” until the wearer is twirling around in the final fitting.