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What pattern design software is there for Mac? Is there any?
I know that you can run Windows software using Parallels, but it always feel clumsy to me.


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    Aug 30, 2011, 05.16 PMby katexxxxxx

    None that I have found. I use Wild Ginger on a virtual drive on my Mac that runs on Windows. Works perfectly.

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    Sep 11, 2011, 07.54 PMby Martijn Thé

    hi Kate, are you using Wild Ginger’s Cameo or PatternMaster software?

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    Sep 12, 2011, 08.26 PMby gedwoods

    I’ve used Parallels on my Mac, and have never been very happy about the results. The best thing is to install Windows in a partition and reboot your Mac as a Windows machine – that works very well. Regarding software for the Mac, I know of fairly expensive CAD-like software for pattern manipulation for the Mac, but nothing comparable to Wild Ginger on the low cost end.

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    Nov 1, 2012, 04.29 AMby tothepointe

    The few mac based pattern making CAD programs are out of the reach financially for the home sewer. If your a student I think you can get an academic version of PADsystem. When I took computer pattern making back in 2003 thats what we used. It’s not a bad program but the course was taught by a tried and true gerber user and was always comparing it to that.

    They have a free trial I think.


    The other problem apart from price with the professional systems is your going to need access to a plotter. They won’t do tiled printing though I think there is a work around using Autocad.

    If you live near a Tukacenter then thats an option for both plotting and using their workstations.


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    Jul 2, 2013, 09.13 AMby soniasews

    I know this is an old post but just in case. Garment Designer by cochenille.com is programmed in Mac for Macs and windows platforms. I came to this post from another that was asking about advanced pattern drafting, Garment designer does give you some CAD features but won’t slash and spread for that I copy the pattern pieces to the clipboard and then paste them into illustrator and slash and spread there.

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    Jul 3, 2013, 03.03 PMby sallyskipunderthebed

    You may want to check Patternworks International by Isabelle Lott. She has created patternmaking software which you can purchase, and classes you can take . My experience has been that this is the most professional accurate and user friendly software on the market for any home sewer, small designer or small patternmaking service.

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      Jul 16, 2013, 04.10 PMby squirrellypoo

      Sally, I just went and checked and her software is NOT mac compatible! :( That, and it’s nearly $1000 so probably out of reach for the OP.

      from http://patternworks-intl.com/software/ :

      Minimum System Requirements for PWstudio3:
      PC or laptop running Windows 7, Windows XP or Vista and Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher installed
      NOTE: at this time, PWstudio3 is NOT Mac compatible

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    Jul 17, 2013, 11.07 AMby arisaid

    Don’t understand a word of what you are saying. LOL

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      Jul 21, 2013, 09.56 AMby soniasews

      Software can be a foreign language. Is there something you want to understand? I don’t know if you can do a direct message here but if you can’t feel free to email me sonia@modesteve.com

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    Oct 10, 2013, 07.49 PMby sallyskipunderthebed

    squirrllypoo, That is a shame. So sorry I could not help you!

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    Dec 1, 2013, 12.34 PMby pollazzone

    Cochenille Garment Designer works on Mac

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    Jan 25, 2014, 08.34 PMby dogmaphobic

    Cochenille Garment Designer seems utterly simplistic. It seems to be just a few canned designs where you can manipulate some parameters. It doesn’t seem to allow you to go anywhere near outside the box. I found this (http://www.clo3d.com), which seems more like something I would be interested but I guess you need to be Azzedine Alaia before they will talk to you. In other words, modern, affordable software and garment design seem to be an oxymoron for the time being.

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    Jan 26, 2014, 12.41 AMby katexxxxxx

    After playing with various different things for a couple of years, I’ve pretty much given up on the software… It only takes me an hour to hand draw a basic dress block to custom measurements , and from that I cam draft a pattern for almost anything. It’s one of those things that is just easier to learn and quicker to do with pencil and paper!

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