Your awesome new pattern should arrive in a pdf. When printing check your settings to make sure that the computer is printing the graphics at 100% rather than fitting them to the page. That way your garment will come out true to size rather than sucking.
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The pages of your pattern are meant to overlap a bit, to help limit assembly errors. For me this overlap is exactly one centimeter, but there doesn't seam to be a industry standard. I've also put a column and row designation on each page in case they get mixed up by mistake.
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I've found that it's helpful to go through and mark one centimeter in on one side and the bottom of each page. That way you don't have to finagle with a ruler while lining up the pages. You just slide them into place, and tape them down. A self healing cutting mat keeps the pages from slipping at the last moment.
A couple of tips: Don't cut out the pattern before you've taped the pages together. Otherwise you'll loose the orientation of the pages and the order, and it'll be like putting together a jigsaw puzzle that has been out in the rain for a week.
Also, tape the pages together on on each pattern piece, because otherwise they would fall apart once you start cutting the pattern out. ...I bet you can guess how I figured that one out.
This is actually the pattern for my Great Coat Sew Along. It's a little messy because I left all of the construction marks in. After all, I'm the only one who is ever going to use this thing.
I haven't gotten a lot of feedback about wether or not you would like to see how I constructed the pattern. If you would like to see all the "interesting" details then speak now or hold your peace. I'll be constructing the muslin over the next week.