I am looking for pattern making software where i can manipulate the pattern as i would if it were in my hands. I want to cut/slash and move the pattern from a sloper to make my own designs.

I’ve seen and downloaded the free demo software of some companies but they seem to only allow you to use already pre designed items and you just add details to it. Or you have to move and maninuplate each point individulay and to me that would leave alot of room for error such as if i wanted to drop the waistline on a skirt.

Any suggestions? So agian it would be great if i could find software that works similar to how you would adjust patterns in person, without software, but more percise of course!

thank you!


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    Mar 30, 2011, 11.23 AMby mariaraadschelders

    The most simple way is to make the sloper with software en make the changes on a copy of your printed version by hand. If you want to do it with a computer program your in for quit a studie.

    good luck

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    Mar 30, 2011, 12.45 PMby ichigogirl

    Hm, I’d use AutoCad and simply copy/cut/rotate in an image of the pattern, if you see what I mean. But I work with AutoCad, so it might be that I’m so used to it that I can actually use it in ways that would take a while to learn. But I really do think it would work quite well.

    I actually did scan images of old Vionnett-patterns that I inserted into AutoCad and scaled it up to full size. I’ve made a top (toile only) from one of them, to see if it worked, and it did.

    If I had scanned my own basic pattern I could have easily manipulated it in the computer with AutoCad. I think there are other, free programs around that are very similar to AutoCad.

    But, again, not sure how easy it is to actually learn how to use them well enough to be able to easily manipulate patterns with them!

    Good luck finding something that suits your needs!

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      Mar 30, 2011, 03.13 PMby nellyvdb

      Hi ichigogirl, I also work with AutoCad, and it never crossed my mind to scan and alter a pattern using it… SO SILLY! I guess to me Cad=work, versus Sewing=fun, and I loooove handling paper, hehehe.

      Cad is perfect for pattern design and manipulation, but I agree, only if you are already familiar with the program, otherwise it would take some learning time before you get the skills to manipulate a pattern.

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    Mar 31, 2011, 08.03 AMby katexxxxxx

    I use Wild Ginger when I need something like this.

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    Apr 1, 2011, 06.58 PMby mickeygirl

    You can try a demo of wild ginger. I love it. http://www.wildginger.com/downloads/demoform.htm

    the pattern editor feature allows you to do your own thing if you do not want to use the styles. You could draft from scratch even if you wanted. Only it is faster to make a basic draft and use dart manipulations and cutting from there.

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    Apr 1, 2011, 08.13 PMby zoshia

    Thank you for your replys! I try Wild Ginger and take a few of their classes. any particular class you would reccomend?

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    Apr 3, 2011, 09.10 AMby Kristen Kaye

    There is a new version of Marvelous Designer that has been recently released. They give you a 60 day trail, then you would have to buy the licensing rights to it. From what I see, it’s pretty amazing, simulating “real life draping” and how the clothing would react in “real time”. Too bad they don’t have a version for Mac users :(. Their website is http://www.marvelousdesigner.com/

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    Apr 7, 2011, 10.31 AMby 20beverly08

    I bought a great book from the local bookstore: ‘Make your own clothes’ by Marie Clayton. It comes with a CD for 20 patterns that you can custom fit to your own size by putting in your sizes into the CD software on your computer, print out at home on typing paper, and then tape the papers together to get your pattern. I use it a lot.

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    Apr 8, 2011, 02.49 AMby blmiller

    Wow, I had never heard of Marvelous Designer before, but it looks really great and the price is very good too. I have used Wild Ginger’s Cameo for years now. It’s OK, but doesn’t run very well on Parallels with a Mac, and has limited capabilities. It has a huge catalog of basic patterns, but you really need to know hand-drafting well in order to understand how to change the pattern for style & fit. I have since moved on to Optitex, but still use Cameo to generate a sloper, which I then import into Optitex & edit from there. If you want to have more control over style & fit, definitely at least go for Cameo. My biggest problem with them, is that everything costs extra. Each basic module is $750 (there are 4 which you may or may not need) & each pattern library is $250 (there are 5). Pretty pricey & doesn’t have the 3D features that Marvelous Designer has. I’m going to do the trial & see how it compares!

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    Apr 11, 2011, 08.31 AMby joost52

    I use Inkscape for all my pattern drawing: http://inkscape.org/

    It’s a vectorial editor (like Adobe Illustrator) but it’s open source (read: free). It might take some time to learn it, but I think it’s worth the effort :)

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      Apr 18, 2011, 08.48 AMby woman

      hey joost52, that’s interesting to know. i use Illustrator for some design work, but have never used it for pattern making. are there any differences betweeen Inkscape and Illustrator in terms of usability for pattern making?

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      Apr 18, 2011, 09.05 AMby joost52

      I’m not sure, as I don’t have Illustrator. But I would guess not since Inkscape is somewhat a poor man’s Illustrator ;)

      For me it does everything I need, but I’m not an expert pattern maker. I haven’t tried some of the other stuff to compare, maybe I should give it a go. But since I already know Inkscape, it suits me fine.

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    Apr 11, 2011, 10.06 AMby henniem

    Yea, ive also used Wild Ginger – it allows you to be a bit more ‘freestyle’..have a go :)

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    Apr 11, 2011, 05.26 PMby gedwoods

    I have long yearned after computer software the mimics the pattern manipulation we do by hand, and have yet to find an example one can use. I’ve looked at all of the softwares listed, with the exception of Marvelous Design, and they none of them seem to come close. However, I’ve found my own skills in pattern manpulation have developed to the point where I could probably use a CAD system and be able to work things out… I simply haven’t taken the time to do this! Good luck with your search!

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    Apr 18, 2011, 08.49 AMby woman

    thanks zoshia for posting this— i have been looking for a long time for pattern making software solutions, especially on a mac.

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    Apr 21, 2011, 03.31 PMby teintes

    Hi, I am new to this and I am wondering if anyone has used or knows about PWSTUDIO by Pattern Works Intl..?? Thanks

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    Oct 25, 2012, 07.28 PMby thomas17513

    Try http://www.patchworkeditor.com, it’s experimental.

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    Nov 12, 2013, 09.04 AMby katexxxxxx

    Because of the type of things we make (everything from an RAF officer’s uniform based Space Ranger uniform to accurate period clothing), we have gone right back to hand drafting patterns. None of the software has that hand accuracy or that ‘this looks slightly wrong – shave a bit off here and add it in there’ option you get with the Mk I Eyeball. In the end we have found it so much faster and better than trying to manipulate the machine and endless printing and trying rather than just scribble and snip!

    Taking alterations back to the pattern from the toile is also much easier. Sticky tape and scissors are our friends! And if the pattern gets too messy and lumpy to use, it only takes a few minutes to trace off a pristine copy.

    As we rarely ever grade patterns for size, since so much of our stuff is bespoke, there’s little or no advantage in that aspect of CAD pattern making.

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