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31 January

17 September

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    Sep 17, 2012, 12.36 PMby angiejewell99

    I too would love to be able to slash and pivot – I wonder whether you managed to solve that?

4 November

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    Nov 4, 2010, 07.09 PMby hstorm799

    Hi. I’ve just started playing around with your program and started your brief tutorial. I cannot get past point S, The Circle Line Point centered at R, as it falls off of the grid at the top, given the starting point of x=2 in, y=2 in, and I cannot select it to make point T. Did I do something off somewhere? This is driving me batty! I would appreciate any direction on this. Thanks so much!


3 December

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    Dec 3, 2009, 06.47 AMby jerwin

    I’m sorry, I haven’t had time to work on it, nor really to browse burda’s site. Obviously, I do want to incorporate slash and pivoting, but I can’t decide how to do it Adding a Point is simple. Select the icon that looks like an “A”. Click on the drawing. Select the point that results and right click with your mouse, to get a popup menu. Select Properties.

    You can then edit the fields.

    If you want the point to be located 5 inches down from the upper left corner , and half the bust plus 2 inches to the right of the upper left corner, just enter

    “5 in” (no quotes) in the Y field. Press return. “bust + 2 in” (no quotes) in the X field. Press return.

    Simple arithmetic with parentheses. It should preserve order of operations. No trigonometry or log functions— I really don’t see the point. Functions are among other things

    min(x,y) max(x,y) length(pointA, pointB)

    You can rename the points if it makes things easier. There’s a “length(pA, pB)” function that you can enter in distance fields, that calculates the distance between pA and pB. Useful for calculating waist suppression, for instance.

    You’re not obliged to work in inches— substitute “cm” for “in” if you wish. Or you can work in points (1/72 inches) by leaving off the unit— but that’s quite cumbersome.

    There are other point types that are based on transformations of of that basic fixed point, but there the help file might explain it better than I can here.

    I’m experimenting with groups, but support is buggy and cumbersome. Sorry about that. I’ve updated the program. You can find it at the same address


27 November

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    Nov 27, 2009, 05.27 AMby labudde

    Alright…disregard my last post, I did figure out how to draft some basic patterns. Here are a few thoughts:

    first: most of my patterns are based off of a basic pattern. How can I do this without having so many lines overlapping each other (ie I have layers and layers of lines for every pattern that I draft over an old one)

    second: it would be cool if there were some way to “slash and pivot” whole sections of a pattern.

    Are you still working on this program? Perhaps you have already thought of the two things above…but I’m curious to know what you think and what any new additions to it are.

26 November

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    Nov 26, 2009, 02.27 PMby labudde

    Hi There,

    I’m just beginning to play around with your program, and I’m wondering: How do I program it to draw dots and lines based on my measurements table. (i.e. if I input two measurements and then want it to draw two points based off them, how do I do this?) thanks! I’ll keep working on it in the meantime…

13 October

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    Oct 13, 2009, 07.05 AMby jerwin

    I’m fixing bugs—adding new stuff, and ripping out old. So, it’s not in publishable shape. Maybe in a couple of days…

    From gedwoods’ instructions 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.

    So, let’s say you were making a dress for a very small individual— 76 cm bust. 76 cm is 3 size increments under 88cm. So, the dart measurement is

    7 cm (base)- 0.6 cm *3 = 7cm – 1.8 cm= 5.2 cm.

    Conversely, if you were making a dress for a larger individual with a 100 cm bust— 100 cm is 3 size increments over 88 cm.

    7 cm (base) + 0.6 cm *3= 7 cm + 1.8 cm = 8.8 cm

    I’m not sure what an individual in between sizes should do. Rounding up a size for tighter fit, down a size for a looser fit, or taking the average of the two measurements. I

    Here’s a small table. The thing is that in gedwoods’ source, the sizes jump from 4 cm bust increments to 6 cm bust increments for plus sizes—bust 110 cm and above.

    Cm (taken from a table of sizes in Aldrich’s book) |Bust|Dart| |80|5.8| |84|6.4| |88|7.0| |92|7.6| |96|8.2| |100|8.8| |104|9.4|

    Plus sizes |Bust|Dart| |110|10.0| |116|10.6| |122|11.2|

    Inches (taken from gedwoods’ algorithm) |Bust|Dart| |32|2.25| |34|2.5| |36|2.75| |38|3| |40|3.25| |42|3.5|

    To mimic the break in size, you may want to change the drat interval to one-eighth, as shown here, rather than one fourth, though experience may be the better judge. Plus sizes |44|3.625| |46|3.75| |48|3.875|

12 October

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    Oct 12, 2009, 09.07 PMby cmebd

    Hi Jeremy, any more on the PatternDesigner software?

    I have one question regarding measurement – Dart – am a little confused wrt add or substract as I would get 2 totally opposing ended measurements. neither of the measurements I calculated come close to the measurement in the default (38" I think).

    I have calculated that I get 5.5 times 4cm above the 88 cm so which way do I go from there?

    Sorry to be so dumb – just a bit confused.

8 September

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    Sep 8, 2009, 01.11 AMby medea

    wow, I’ve just seen your “pattern designer” and downloaded it, sounds amazing O.O