I've written a free java program I'm tentatively calling "Pattern Designer," mostly as an excuse to learn the language. It is in constant state of improvement.

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A computer capable of running Java 5.0. A printer. Measuring tape. The "Pattern Designer" distribution "available on my website":http://mysite.verizon.net/jeremy_erwin/PatternDesigner.zip

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    Mar 14, 2014, 04.34 AMby BitBott

    This has incredible potential! Is it still in development or have any sort of forum community where we can share/edit patterns? I’m so sad the website is down.

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    Oct 10, 2013, 04.16 AMby dazespast

    Hi, will this program work with Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate?

    Thank you, Ruby

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    Aug 15, 2013, 04.35 AMby Kelli Boggs

    I am having trouble printing the pattern I created I keep getting error: pstopdffilter/pstocupsraster failed with err number -31000. I was wondering if anyone else had this problem or if I am doing something incorrectly? Also, is there a way to save my pattern as an image or a PDF?

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    Aug 5, 2013, 04.41 PMby nirdgirl

    It seems that comments are recent but the link to the software is now dead. I would love to try this software. Any other way to get it?

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    Jul 2, 2013, 09.39 PMby DonnaV18

    This is the first designer program I have had. I want to make my granddaughter some clothes for her 18" doll that I got her for Christmas. I have downloaded the program, but I don’t understand the manual. I need instructions on how to use the program. I have sewn for years, but never used a pattern deisgn program. I have always used Patterns that I buy. There is a dress pattern that is for another doll that I want to make for the 18" Doll. Any help would greatly appreciated.

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    Jun 21, 2013, 08.46 PMby Far Sprouts

    Thank you for making this software! I have a very odd pear shape and now I can make clothes that flatter my figure. It took a while to understand the software. However it’s rather straight forward once you get the hang of it.

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    Feb 16, 2013, 09.11 PMby neki

    thank you so much for your kindness. i cannot find the basque measures,though.

    ETA i am using v.0.17

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    Sep 17, 2012, 12.31 PMby angiejewell99

    Firstly thanks for the program, I only discovered it recently but am a huge fan :)

    I use v17 and am wanting to group and then rotate the items in the group. You mentioned above that an earlier version (0.15) did this but I cannot get the current version to.

    Also the corset draft and basque measures sound fascinating.

    Any help / advice or links to old patterns or files would be very welcome

    many thanks

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    Aug 25, 2012, 05.36 AMby yamilex7

    a version of this for a Windows OS would be highly appreciated. :(

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    Jun 14, 2011, 08.10 PMby Patricia Miller

    I am desperately trying to use this amazing software but something isn’t working, I can’t right click any of the points. Where do I enter formula’s? How do I attach a measurement to a line segment? :( Would love some help. Thanks so much!

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      Jun 15, 2011, 02.32 PMby Patricia Miller

      so I still can’t right click, and Ctrl-i seems to only work occasionally? Sometimes it will let me do it, other times it won’t sniff please oh please I want to use this software!

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      Mar 14, 2014, 04.36 AMby BitBott

      did you ever figure it out? I want a program like this so badly but it’s a few years later and i can’t r-click anything either. I’ll be so sad if this is an abandoned project

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    Jan 27, 2011, 04.45 AMby advsp

    Nice idea, thanks for your efforts. Have you considered making this an official open-source project? That way you could get some help on developing and very possibly get tied in with several other open source programs to provide interoperability. There are several open source textile programs in existence but there is a void in the area of pattern creation. I bet you could get several programmers to jump in and help the development if you posted it as on official project. Check out Sourceforge.net as a place to post and connect with possible supporters.

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    Jul 7, 2010, 10.15 AMby nanna-of-8

    can I make childrens clothing patterns with this program

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    Jun 30, 2010, 10.18 PMby iokina

    I have made my first pattern and am able to insert measurements from files containing size US14-US22. How exciting! Printing is also well done.

    One suggestion for future use – allow the ability to choose which side of a line the seam allowance goes on. It does a good job automatically, but every so often it gets confused and puts it on the wrong side. A simple toggle would be wonderful!

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    Jun 30, 2010, 04.41 AMby iokina

    Program looks wonderful – such an invaluable gift! One problem – I can’t seem to right click on a point. Am I doing something wrong?

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    Mar 19, 2010, 05.48 PMby plookiss

    I’ve downloaded this and will print out the manual when I have time. Looking forward to playing with this. Thank you for designing the programme.

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    Mar 11, 2010, 02.27 AMby mlssfshn

    Thank you thank you thank you I can’t wait to play with it! How will we know when there are updates?

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    Mar 10, 2010, 01.19 AMby craftinrvnow

    Never mind I really love this program now. I figured it out. My computer must have stalled. Thanks again. Here I go!!!!!:)

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    Mar 10, 2010, 01.13 AMby craftinrvnow

    I uploaded your program and I really enjoy it. I want to draft alot of different patterns and I need to label the points. My problem is I can’t change the point names. I read the tutorial and tried to right click it didn’t work. I found the points table and it won’t let me rename. Any suggestions. Thank You

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    Mar 6, 2010, 06.47 PMby claudianicolae

    Merci beaucoup !

    Have a excellent WE !!!


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    Mar 5, 2010, 02.12 PMby claudianicolae

    BRAVO for this superb program !!!

    I’m a begginer in this activity, so whould you be so kind to tell me what means exactly (how to mesure it): - bust point - dart - chest (is it the part under the bust I suppose?)

    Thank you very much and again it’s a great programm that saves a lot of time.

    PS: I’ll try to make one for trousers and a mini dress.

    CLAUDIA (France)

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      Mar 5, 2010, 06.48 PMby jerwin

      The pattern is taken from one of gedwood’s designs

      He writes (in step 20):

      Also, here are the DART calculations, which you will need as this cannot be measured directly : add or subtract 0.6 cm to 7 cm for each 4 cm bust increment above or below 88 cm in the metric system; add or subtract 1/4" to 2-1/2" for each 2" bust increment above or below 34" in the Imperial system. Make a note of the DART width as calculated here. Draw a vertical line up from point T to just below the level of the line HI.

      bustpoint is the distance between the apices of the breasts (nipples), halved. Essentially, the bust dart is positioned so that the point is over the breast.

      From what I can tell, French sources refer to the “chest” as the “carrure devant”. and the “back” as the “carrure dos”. This chart may be helpful.

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    Jan 26, 2010, 04.33 PMby sweetalpha135

    Impressive. I am used to Java being powerful but it is hard to find instances where the programming language is used to address a real day-to-day need in such detail. Thank you.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 09.08 AMby jerwin

    I’ve uploaded version 0.15 of the program

    I’ve added a victorian bodice pattern from SS Gordon’s “Turn of the Centurry Fasiom Patterns and Tailoring techniques.” The measurements required(discussed in the book) a bit nonstandard.I’ve supplied the measurement file “basquemeasures” to go with this.

    I got tired of having two load commands for opening measurement and pattern files, so both filetypes are now opened through the “Open” command.

    I’ve added “groups” to my program— it allows the user to define pattern pieces, move them around and rotate them. These are shown off in the basque pattern. It’s drafted as a single piece, but princess seaming separates that into four pattern pieces.

    Because each pattern piece has a seam `allowances, I’ve moved the pattern pieces around so that they don’t overlap. Uncheck “Show Ungrouped Items” to see the non overlapping pattern pieces alone. Select it again to view the “single piece” as well…

    I’m working on speed improvements. The victorian bodice takes a while to render. Please load the measurement file first— it’s a bit faster that way.

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    Dec 4, 2009, 05.17 AMby Laci Hodges

    Awesome! thanks a lot, this made my day!

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    Nov 11, 2009, 09.57 PMby cmebd

    Hi Jerwin – any further development of your pogram (newer than V0.14)?

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    Nov 6, 2009, 07.28 AMby dhammi

    Thanka for sharing…………………I cant wait to try it…. Do you know any website to download childrens basic blocks for free ?
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    Oct 31, 2009, 11.52 AMby badyan

    Thank you for sharing the results of your effort. I hope I will be able to try it out as soon as possible.

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    Oct 30, 2009, 08.13 PMby azsada

    Thank YOU!

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    Oct 14, 2009, 09.42 AMby krabbe1990

    Your programm is very intresting! I really hope You’ll write more tutorials for it and a user’s guide. I am very interested how to make my own patterns with it and how to enter a new set of measurements. I like the users interface and I hope you are going on to improve it. Best wishes

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    Oct 12, 2009, 12.30 AMby sondriecohe

    Thanks, sew generous of you to share. Can’t wait to try it out.

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    Oct 5, 2009, 05.18 PMby msnew007

    I can’t wait to get home and try this!

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