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From: Seams Sew Right
Date: 07-25-2003, 10:49 AM (1 of 4)
I want to learn to draft my own patterns and develop a custom line of my own and need to know how I can get started. Should I invest in patternmaking software first, or are there some basic skills I can use to get started with one or two items, and then build up? $$$ is an issue. Thanks!
User: Seams Sew Right
Member since: 04-25-2003
Total posts: 18
From: venusia
Date: 09-28-2003, 01:56 PM (2 of 4)
A inexspenive CAD program is all you need, You can pick them up for under 5 dollars new. You can draft anything on them. I have used CAD with fashion design flat pattern making manuals with excellent results.
Printing out patterns can be a hassle wity any software due to it coming out in small 8 x 11 sheets that have to be taped together.
I have been designing for over 30 years and still prefer making patterns by hand even though I have some top notch software programs.
User: venusia
Member since: 09-28-2003
Total posts: 3
From: venusia
Date: 09-28-2003, 02:07 PM (3 of 4)
Sorry... I forgot to ask...What types of clothing do you want to design? I can recommend
several manuals and books that are great for beginning. I would be happy to scan a few pages of various titles and email them.
User: venusia
Member since: 09-28-2003
Total posts: 3
From: Mary Jane
Date: 12-24-2003, 11:43 AM (4 of 4)
I have heard of a program called auto CAD, can you explain about this sewing program a bit more, or send me the sample in which you suggest to be sent to the other person? I know I am a little late in this reply, but I just read about all the pattern software and it is totally confusing.

I am interested in sewing with knits and I am not sure that that pattern making software has knit patterns. I would it if I could buy a software for knits. Why I dislike cotton is the work it takes to iron it, and also I have a very active life with dogs and cats who mess up nice clothes. Sweats are so carefree. I live in sweats and tshirts. Nice sweat shirts can be very expensive in the stores. Unfortunately sweat shirt fabric is also hard to find. I am petite person. Sweats are oversized. I have made a sweat shirt, but it was huge on me.
User: Mary Jane
Member since: 11-15-2003
Total posts: 13
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