FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Which sewing patterns are easiest to follow? What size paper do I need to print out your patterns? At Waves and Wild we’re here to help so take a look at our questions:
Which sewing patterns are easiest to follow?
All Waves and Wild sewing patterns come with simple instructions to guide you. However if you’re feeling nervous, we’d recommend starting with Harem Pants or Lightning Leggings patterns for children. For your own wardrobe, check out our simple Cuppa Tee pattern for women or our Longboard T-shirt pattern for men.
How good a sewist do I need to be?
Can you thread a sewing machine, change a stitch and make it go? Then you can tackle one of our patterns!
Do I need to have a sewing machine?
Not necessarily. Some patterns such as the Sandcastle Bucket Hat can be successfully sewn by hand. However we’ve designed all the patterns to be sewn using an entry level sewing machine.
I’m a beginner. Are any of your patterns suitable for me?
Yes! Every pattern has detailed instructions with lots of helpful photos. Most of our patterns are designed so sewists of all levels can access them. We’ll always state the sewing level for a pattern in its description.
What formats do Waves and Wild patterns come in?
We offer three online formats:
- Print at home – on A4, letter and legal sized paper
- Copy shop – these are A0 or A1 files which you can send to a printing company
- Projector – project the pattern straight onto fabric and avoid printing altogether!
You’ll be able to access them as soon as payment is complete. Simply save them to your computer and print!
Prefer a physical product? We can also send out some of our designs to you through the post as paper patterns.
Do I need an overlocker?
No. Whilst an overlocker would be useful for many of our patterns, it’s not essential. All the sewing can be done on a regular sewing machine.
Can I sell items made using your patterns?
Yes, please do! There is no license fee for selling from any of our patterns. However, we suggest that it would be kind to make a donation to the charity of your choice instead.
We would also appreciate your acknowledging that you’re using a Waves and Wild pattern somewhere in your listing, website or page. However this is not compulsory.
How do I use the ‘layers’ function with your patterns?
The ‘layers’ function allows you to select just the sizes you want when viewing and printing a pattern. To use it you must open your patterns using Adobe Reader. On the left hand side of your screen you’ll see a symbol that looks like two diamonds. Click on that and simply select the layers you require.
Whichever sizes you need, make sure to also select the ‘pattern information’ layer. This contains things such as labels and page numbers. We always recommend printing from a desktop or laptop, rather than a phone or tablet.
What size paper do I need?
All our patterns are formatted for A4, letter and legal sized paper. We work hard with our testers to make sure people all over the world can easily use our patterns.
How do I know what size to make?
All Waves and Wild patterns use the same measurement charts. We strongly recommend you measure your intended model each time you sew. Bodies change, so guessing on their age or what you ‘usually’ buy/sew might result in disappointment.
Where do I access my patterns?
Once you’ve bought a Waves and Wild pattern, you’ll receive a confirmation email with a link. Simply click the link to download your pattern. Can’t find the email? Check your junk mail folder. Make sure to save your pattern to your computer.
When you buy a pattern through our website you will also have the option to create an account. Once you have an account, you’ll be able to login any time and re-download your patterns.
Where are my MBJM patterns?
If you previously bought from the MBJM website then your patterns are now in you account here. You can log in using the same user name and password and access your MBJM files whenever you need.
Where can I find more tips?
Our blog section is packed with help and advice.
You are also welcome to join our Waves and Wild Sewing Group on Facebook. It’s 30,000 people strong and growing! You can also sign up to the Waves and Wild mailing list.