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From: LauraM62
Date: 01-01-2004, 09:44 AM (1 of 2)
Will I just thought I would update how things went with my search. I worked the Girls Dresses Click & Sew, by Wild Ginger. It turned out the software was so easy to use in the end. The first dress came out almost perfect, but I did end up making a few adjustments on the next dresses. Using the software I adjusted the armholes slightly to give a little more depth, and increased some of the ease, which gave her a little more relaxed fit. I ended up making 4 different styles of dresses for my 4 year old and she loves them all!

My experience with Sew By Design from DressShop was quite different. First I ordered the semi-fitted clothing pattern for kids, I wanted and paid for the CD. They emailed me the download info with key. A month later I still had not received the CD. It took several emails to Livingsoft to get the CD, then the CD they sent was not what I ordered but a women's dress & shell pattern? I have had allot of problems with the software, and their Mia. I personally found the software not as user friendly for me. I ended up making a pair of pull on pants and shirt. The pants I ended up needing quite a few adjustments, and the shirt had a few too. Example on the shirt the neck was too small, I couldn't find anywhere on the software that allowed me to increase the neck? Nor were their measurments for the neck like there was on Click & Sew.

My overall preference turned out to be WildGinger. They now have a download demo of their "Child's Play" which showed me that it ran very similar to the Click & Sew. Although there are many times I enjoy playing with software I didn't enjoy it with DressShop. For me I just want to make the custom fitting clothes for my daughter. I felt that DressShop would cause me more time on the computer and less actually sewing. I think if you enjoyed designing more that DressShop would be okay, but was not what I was looking for. Also for me DressShop didn't have much in Children's clothing, although I was told I could use my childs measurements on adult clothes. But I wanted a kids clothing line. Also for me DressShop used allot a measurements, which may give you a better fit - but trying to get a 4 year old to stand still for measurements is near to impossible! I have ordered the PatternMaster Child's Play and am excited about getting it! I have also been impressed with the response I received from WildGinger, unlike the responses I got from DressShop customer service.

Well that turned out to be my 2 cents!

SW Indiana

If everyone cared and nobody cried; If everyone loved and nobody lied; If everyone shared and swallowed their pride; Then we'd see the day when nobody died --'If Everyone Cared' by Nickelback
User: LauraM62
Member since: 08-10-2003
Total posts: 246
From: MaryW
Date: 01-03-2004, 02:07 PM (2 of 2)
Laura, thanks for the review. I think your two cents worth was just what the doctor ordered. When you figure out you want to sew more than play around on the computer, the choice is clear.
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User: MaryW
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