As you’ve probably noticed I like to give a wide range of sizes for my patterns. This is important to me so I’m certainly not going to stop, but it can pose some challenges in presenting a clear pattern. The usual way of writing the numbers for the different sizes “s[m, l, xl]” quickly becomes harder to read the more sizes there are. In the past I’ve split patterns into 2 or 3 size groups each with their own pattern file (Coraline, with 18 sizes presented in 3 different groups is a good example). This works pretty well, but for a few reasons I’d really like a way to include all of the sizes in one document. The pattern I’m working on today provisionally has 14 sizes and I’m considering writing the directions like this:
For the sake of comparison, although I don’t think I’d ever write a pattern with this many sizes like this, here is the same section written normally:
The table is obviously better, but I’m wondering if you like it?
Edit: I agree that shading alternate columns would make it easier to read, but I didn’t do that because when working from the pattern you’ll only care about 1 column and the best thing to do would be to mark the column for your size beforehand.
Introducing the first in an ongoing series of guest posts. I'm honoured that we're beginning with this vital letter from Emi Ito.
Emi has been outspoken about the cultural appropriation of the kimono in fashion and has helped many makers and designers find a less hurtful approach to naming their patterns and products.