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The Ease Factor in Pattern-Drafting Software

Learn how to select the correct amount of ease for drafting a great-fitting pattern.

Learn how to select the correct amount of ease for drafting a great-fitting pattern.


Ease guidelines and tips
 The way you choose, enter, or adjust ease amounts varies with each software program.

CADTERNS Lite
www.cadterns.com
  • Default ease choices: Precise (0 ease), Close (a percentage of your body measurements), and Gentle (approximately double the Close ease amount).
  • Ease is listed for each individual measurement ("waist to knee," etc.) on the "Measurement Screen" in an "Ease Allotments" chart. Adjust ease at a specific measurement by retyping the numbers.

Click&Sew
www.wildginger.com

  • Default ease depends on the garment and is selected for you when the program opens.
  • Use a drop-down menu to customize individual ease amounts at bust, waist, and hip.

Dress Shop 4
http://www.livingsoftnw.com/

  • Default ease for each garment style is a percentage of your individual measurements. Check the manual for a listing of these percentages.
  • Increase or decrease the default ease amounts in the "Options" screen.
  • Your ease choice can be printed with the pattern.
  • Use an on-screen sloper to evaluate ease in your pattern.

PatternMaster Boutique
www.wildginger.com

  • Default ease choices for slopers (in the "Setting" screen): No Ease, Very Close Fit (2 inches at bust and hip, and .2 inches at waist), and Close Fit (3 inches at bust and hip, and .5 inches at hip).
  • Default ease choices for garments (called "Default Fit Options"): No Ease, Very Close Fit, Close Fit, Fitted, Semi-fitted, Loose, and Very Loose. Actual ease amounts for each choice vary with garment type.
  • Use a drop-down menu to customize individual ease amounts at bust, waist, and hip.
  • When default ease has been customized, the "Fit Level" box no longer shows a default setting name (loose, semi-fitted, fitted, etc.).
  • Make additional ease changes by moving pattern points in "Pattern Editor."
  • Use an on-screen sloper to evaluate ease in your pattern.

Fittingly Sew
www.knitcraft.com

  • Ease choices: Minimum (2 inches), Medium (4 inches), and Maximum (6 inches).
  • Make additional ease changes by moving pattern points on the "Draw" screen.
  • To obtain a fit with less ease than the Minimum ease choice, reduce your actual body measurements.
  • Use an on-screen sloper to evaluate ease in your pattern.

Garment Designer
www.cochenille.com

  • Default wearing ease choices (offered in the "Garment Options" menu): Minimum, Average, Average +, and Average ++. Actual ease amounts for each choice vary, depending on your body measurements.
  • Additional style ease depends on the garment style you choose, and is automatically added by the software.
  • Use an on-screen sloper to evaluate ease in your pattern.
  • Make additional ease changes by moving pattern points.

PatternMaker Home Studio
www.patternmaker.com

  • Ease options are selected at the time the Macro is run, and vary with each garment.
  • Make additional ease changes by moving pattern points.

Personal Patterns
www.personalpatterns.com

  • Default ease varies with garment style.
  • Make ease changes by moving pattern points on the "Draw" screen.


Karen Campbell is co-editor of Fitting Tips! (www.fittingtips.com), a newsletter created exclusively for users of pattern-drafting software.

Illustration courtesy of Wild Ginger Software, Inc.

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djbierman djbierman writes: Which sewing software would be best for a beginner?
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