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I’m wanting to make PDF patterns but want them to look more professional. Does anyone know, heard of, or used a free or low cost CAD software that would work?


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    Jan 8, 2010, 02.57 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    The best ones I know of that are completely free or super cheep are Linux based since it is open source software. I use AutoCAD which is very expensive but I am lucky to have it as part of my job.

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      Jan 8, 2010, 03.19 AMby mlssfshn

      Thanks, do you draw them directly into AutoCAD? Can you save your blocks? Does it use metric or in?

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      Sep 29, 2010, 08.33 AMby thecuriouskiwi

      Oh my goodness, I didn’t get a notification that you replied to me comment, I just found it now my accident, I’m so sorry I didn’t reply. Reading on down it sounds like you found a good free program. As for AutoCAD you can choose metric or imperial and you draw directly into the program or you can scan in your sketches and draw over the top. The patterns I have uploaded (just simple ones) I made using AutoCAD and I saved my notion symbols as blocks to reuse.

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    Sep 26, 2010, 04.08 AMby hstorm799

    I would love to hear an answer to this one!

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    Sep 26, 2010, 05.25 AMby mlssfshn

    I’ve put it on the back burner and still working by hand. I found a java version from a burda style member but haven’t had time to study it or use it and I think I may have lost it when my hard drive crashed. I may need to find it again.

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    Sep 26, 2010, 11.42 AMby vicsguy2009

    Inkscape is free, open source. http://inkscape.org/

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      Sep 28, 2010, 09.49 PMby countrygurltracy

      wow that looks really hard to just download any advice?

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      Jul 17, 2017, 11.34 AMby Deanna31

      I managed to download and create a pattern in Inkscape, however they have a problem with the size of the pattern changing. It was printed inaccurately

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    Sep 26, 2010, 01.38 PMby mlssfshn

    Thanks, I’ll download when their new version comes out in October. Haven’t been able to find the one I got though a BS member and it’s not on my computer.

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    Sep 26, 2010, 01.40 PMby mlssfshn

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    Sep 29, 2010, 01.08 PMby vicsguy2009

    This blog looks very interesting: sew-brilliant.org

    From the About page: Sew Brilliant is a project to bring together developers, fashion designers, and textile artists to produce open source software for fashion design.

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    Aug 30, 2014, 10.22 AMby atsukoadao

    I made a comment, then I realized most of you actually have replied, with the same stuff! I personally use DraftSight which is free alternative to AutoCAD, and I discovered it by accident… There are other simple CAD solutions I guess, but for AutoCAD users DraftSight is really easy to master! I also use Optitex, but drawing in Optitex is somewhat tedious for me, lots of clicking and their point snapping option is horrid!!! Has anyone found anything new lately!?!?!?

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    Oct 13, 2014, 04.03 AMby motera

    I have both Autocad and Vectorworks. Prefer VW, do all my pattern making using it. I have it for my job, less expensive than Acad, but easier to use, but still expensive for home sewers. It is just a CAD program, not specific to pattern drafting, but easy to make your own symbols etc.

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    May 26, 2016, 06.24 AMby michalm

    Hi, there’s this : http://www.sartology.com/demo/

    It’s basically a pen tool (similar to Adobe Illustrator) with measurements. You can export what you’ve drawn to SVG file that you can later open in Illustrator or Inkscape.

    It’s not yet a full CAD system but it’s a good start for pattern makers who need to draw patterns from scratch.

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    Jun 9, 2017, 04.18 PMby Henrietta Bogdan

    Valentina! This is an open source project, free download for Windows & Mac. Community support via forum, YouTube tutorials and so on. It is more than worth a try. https://www.youtube.com/ValentinaProjectTutorialshttp://valentina-project.org

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