Now Available: Lonsdale Dress PDF Pattern + Copy Shop Version

The Lonsdale Dress pattern is now available as a downloadable PDF! We just added it to the shop this week.

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Also, if you wanted to get a paper copy of the Lonsdale Dress pattern, get it now! Once they run out I won’t be reprinting them.

We’re slowly working on making all of our current patterns available in PDF format. It’s a lot of work but I want to be able to give you the option of choosing either an instant gratification download, or a real printed pattern arriving in the mail.


This time, we’ve added a copy-shop version for the Lonsdale PDF pattern! This means you can put the file on a USB stick, go to a copy-shop, and ask them to print it out on a wide-format printer. You’ll end up with a huge sheet of paper (two huge sheets, for this specific pattern) ready to cut out, without having to tape a handful of individual pages together first.

I went to the copy shop to test it, and while it was not cheap to print it was pretty satisfying to have the pattern on thick paper without any breaks in the pattern pieces. You asked for it, so we made it an option! We’ll work on making copy-shop formats for our other downloadable patterns, too.

Good news, both formats are on sale for the next month!

The PDF version is $11.98 (regular price $13.98) and will be offered at the sale price until October 17th.

The printed version is $14.98 (regular price $17.98). The printed version will stay on sale until they’re gone, then they’re gone!

Click here to shop!

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28 Responses to Now Available: Lonsdale Dress PDF Pattern + Copy Shop Version

  1. Dana September 19, 2014 at 3:45 pm #

    Thanks for the copy-shop version! That’s usually my preference, but not a lot of pattern companies do it!

    • Tasia September 19, 2014 at 4:07 pm #

      No problem! We had many requests for a copy-shop format so we figured out how to create them. We’ll be working on it for other PDF patterns, too! Is it fairly easy to find a place that will print them for you? I like how convenient it was but it’s rather expensive here.

      • Kristin S September 19, 2014 at 7:15 pm #

        I already have this on tissue paper but very glad to see the copy shop option! It is difficult to find a readily available copy shop that will do it *correctly.* OK, I’ve only tried once, and wasted more time explaining things to the employees than I would have trimming and taping pages. A friend of mine who is an engineer mentioned that he has a large printer for blueprint type things, so next time I’ll ask him!

        • Tasia September 22, 2014 at 10:46 am #

          That’s actually what most customers at the copy shop I went to print on the wide-format printer – blueprints! So I’d imagine someone that owns the right printer for blueprints will be able to print patterns too.
          If it helps I asked for ‘wide-format’ printing, it prints on a 36″ wide roll of paper. They opened the file, determined the length of the paper (ie. 62″ long) and then set the printer to print on the wide roll for the length of the pattern file. I went to the UPS Store nearby and not all UPS stores offer this service! It’s apparently an ‘extra’ when you own a UPS store, you can buy the basic equipment and the wide-format printer is not included. I sure learn a lot of random facts!

  2. Susan Smith September 19, 2014 at 7:12 pm #

    Love copy shop versions! Will you be reissuing others in copy shop printing size? I have the Yaletown and would love it in that version.

    • Tasia September 22, 2014 at 10:47 am #

      Yes! It’s all part of our plan to have everything in PDF format as an option, with a copy-shop version included for all PDFs. If you already own the Yaletown PDF pattern, once the copy shop version is ready it will appear in your account files to download.

  3. Faith September 19, 2014 at 7:44 pm #

    Oh I can’t wait for all the patterns to be converted to PDF! I’m getting antsy waiting for my Hollyburn skirt pattern to get to Australia… Can’t wait to be able to get the PDF version so I can tweak it as often as I need! :)

  4. Dee September 19, 2014 at 10:25 pm #

    Fab news on the copy shop option… Can’t wait 2 try that out at my local store. Also do u have a schedule for when the Hollyburn skirt will b ready for PDF as I want to put it on my Xmas gift list but will hold off if it’s going to be available as a PDF soon-ish as I much prefer PDF’s to printed patterns

    • Tasia September 22, 2014 at 10:43 am #

      Hi Dee! Our goal is to have everything available as PDFs by the end of the calendar year. It’ll be ready before Christmas, but I’m not 100% certain when. We do offer gift certificates ( which are valid for both printed and PDF patterns if that helps!

  5. Heather L September 20, 2014 at 8:09 am #

    Can I ask a silly question about printing at a copy shop?
    I once tried to get a pattern PDF (not sewaholic, some other swing pattern) printed at Staples, because my printer at home had broken. They refused claiming copywrite, even after I showed them the email confirming my purchase. I even complained to head office and they still wouldn’t let me.

    Anyone else have this problem? Did I just choose the wrong place?

    • Tasia September 22, 2014 at 10:37 am #

      It’s not a silly question, in fact I asked the copy shop this morning so I’d have an answer to your question!
      I think it depends on where you go and what exactly you’re trying to print, and if you have staff that are literally following policy or are able to interpret each situation.
      At my copy shop the person helping was also the owner, and when I asked her about copyright she said unless someone is trying to photocopy an entire book, or it’s clearly labelled as being copyrighted material, you should be fine. I asked if there was anything on my file that would give you guys problems and she said no.
      But, that doesn’t help if you’re getting rejected at Staples! If that had been me I’d have asked to see the manager so I could speak to someone who could reason with me and not just follow procedure. Please do let me know if you ever run into problems with our patterns as there shouldn’t be any issues.

  6. Jaclyn September 20, 2014 at 10:04 pm #

    I like the idea of being able to take it to a copy shop…because seriously, who likes all that taping together of sheets?
    I am curious, though, why you won’t be printing any more hard copies of this pattern. Does it not sell well enough to merit that? It makes me a little sad, because it’s definitely on my list of future purchases, and I would so very much prefer paper to PDF (it’s that darn printing/taping business…I hate it. And while I love the idea of the copy shop option, I live in a rural town and that would involve a 90-minute drive, thus destroying the convenience of PDF.)

    • Tasia September 22, 2014 at 10:34 am #

      I agree! Ever since I tried test printing at a copy shop, and found it was so easy and quick, I’ll never tape and assemble one of my own patterns again.
      If you have the Lonsdale Dress pattern in print form on your wishlist, definitely pick it up soon! We have a couple dozen copies in stock still.

      We’re letting this one go out of print since it’s been around for a couple of years now and we’re just about to sell the last handful of copies. Then we have to decide: print more or not? In most cases we’ve been choosing to print more (Renfrew, Thurlow, Cambie) but every time a pattern runs low we get the chance to evaluate. Printing minimums are high, plus now we’re working with a distribution centre where space is limited and costs for every box we keep, so we’ve decided instead to focus on new patterns rather than restocking this one. If we held inventory in every style we wouldn’t have space and budget to make more. That’s part of the benefit of offering PDF patterns, we never have to say goodbye to a style completely! By having PDF versions available we get the best of both worlds: space for new designs and never having to say good bye to the older ones.
      I hope this makes sense! It is a bit bittersweet to be letting one of my first designs go out of print. :)

  7. The Sewing CPA September 21, 2014 at 2:44 pm #

    What a lovely pattern!

    • Tasia September 22, 2014 at 10:25 am #

      Thanks! I’ve always really liked this design.

  8. Catholic Bibliophagist September 21, 2014 at 5:59 pm #

    I was also wondering why this pattern will no longer be available as a paper pattern. Is this going to happen to other patterns as well?

    • Tasia September 22, 2014 at 10:25 am #

      Yes, as more and more new patterns are released, eventually some older ones will be retired! Mostly it will be the patterns that were good sellers but not great sellers, or that have been around for a while. I’ll be sure to post if we’re getting ready to discontinue a pattern! We have 17 different patterns now and to keep that many in stock – especially since printing minimums are high – takes up a lot of space. So, in order to have space for the new, at some point some of the older designs will be out of print. The top sellers like the Renfrew will likely be around for a long time in both formats! But they’ll always be available as PDF patterns, which is great. We can offer the designs forever as downloadable patterns and still have room and $ to develop new ones. Hope this makes sense!

  9. Tina September 22, 2014 at 5:04 am #

    So, just how expensive is a copy shop print version???

    • Tasia September 22, 2014 at 10:20 am #

      Hi Tina! So from my experience, I’ve only printed two patterns at the copy shop. One was $12, one was $25. I think $12 is reasonable and $25 was quite expensive! Caroline’s printed patterns at copy shops too and I believe hers was around the $12 range. I haven’t done any shopping around though, I just went to the one place near my house that offers the service. (For locals it’s the UPS Store on Edmonds near Canada Way.)
      I was just there this morning and I asked them if there was cheaper options, such as cheaper paper but this is the only one. The paper comes on big rolls and there’s just one choice! You can sign up for an account if you’re printing lots and lots of wide-format files, but it’s more than any one hobby sewer would use.
      Hope this helps! It’s quite pricey, but you do get thicker paper than if you were to buy a tissue pattern. Depending on your printer and how many sheets the tiled PDF is, it may not be a lot more.

      • Tina September 22, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

        So what happens if someone orders a copy shop print version from your shop & runs into a snag at the local printer who does not want to print it because of “supposed” copyright issues. What recourse would one have since they purchased from you the copy shop version of the pattern? Just curious for future purchases.

        • Tasia September 22, 2014 at 12:13 pm #

          I would imagine it would be like any other digital purchase: once a customer has bought the PDF file to print, after that point it is out of our control. We’ve added the copy shop option because people have requested it, so I’m guessing there must be places that have the capability to print wide-format without issue. (Locally, I’d recommend the UPS Store on Edmonds as they’ve been incredibly helpful and quick.) And of course there’s always the print-at-home tiled version as an alternative. The PDF version of the pattern includes both versions: wide-format and tiled pages so it’ll always be printable in some way. As for recourse, all digital products are final sale so there’s no returns or refunds. But at the very least, you’ll be able to print it on regular letter-size pages.
          Hope this helps to clarify!

        • Tasia September 22, 2014 at 12:20 pm #

          One last thought – I’ve checked with the local copy shop if there is anything on our specific pattern files that would raise a flag with other copy shops regarding copyright, and they said no. So it should be all good! Heather’s question was about another pattern company’s pattern file which may have had some text on it about copyright. Sometimes people put things disclaimers like ‘for personal use only, no reproductions, not for manufacturing purpose’ or something like that and I could see why a copy shop employee would be hesitant to print the job then.
          This is our first time offering a copy shop version, so we’ll see how it goes!

  10. Heather L September 22, 2014 at 2:19 pm #

    Thanks for your thoughts and research into this issue! I’m still working through some of your paper patterns that I have (a warmer Renfrew and a Minoru that was supposed to be my new spring coat, ahem…). ;). When my budget next allows for a PDF pattern purchase, I’ll explore the copy shop option and let you know how it goes. Thanks again!

    • Tasia September 23, 2014 at 10:17 am #

      Great! Yes, do let us know if you run into any problems. I like the simplicity of the copy-shop version and I’m hoping it makes it easier for you guys! Less cutting and taping. :)

    • Tina September 23, 2014 at 11:16 am #

      Thanks, Tasia. You’ve been very helpful. I’ve not purchased any patterns, yet, which are PDF print versions, but have seriously considered it. I think the PDF print versions would be beneficial for making changes to the pattern & if I made a mistake with what I thought would work, but didn’t, then I could just go print off a clean copy and begin again. I will have to ponder a bit more on all the options. Have a great day!

      • Tina September 23, 2014 at 11:17 am #

        I forgot to mention, I am making a second Gabriola skirt since I LOVED the first one I made. Can’t wait to get the second one done! Next up is the Belcarra blouse.

        • Tasia September 23, 2014 at 11:38 am #

          Awesome! So glad you loved the Gabriola skirt!

      • Tasia September 23, 2014 at 11:38 am #

        I’m glad that helped! I agree, PDF versions are beneficial as you can print them out more than once if you’ve made changes. Or if you think you’ll never sew it for anyone but yourself and cut off the extra sizes, but change your mind and need to sew in a size you’ve cut off. Or just reprint the pages you need if you need a new collar or waistband piece. (Which doesn’t work for the copyshop format, you’d have to reprint the entire thing!) If you have any other questions, ask anytime!