Ina, there are several books out on that. Or, you might want to check out the Wild Ginger software. Site: www.wildginger.com I have no personal connection to the product but was facing the same situation. They have several different software options. Right after Christmas I bought two of there click and sew software programs. I bought the casual pants and casual top. You need a buddy for good measurements but the results are fabulous. I will eventually buy there larger software program. Attaching all the individual sheets together is kinda tedious but not too awful bad. I used one of the JoAnn’s 50% off coupons to order a bolt of pattern tissue (the one inch gridded stuff sold with interfacing). I will then trace over the pattern to have a good solid pattern. You could use this in conjunction with some pattern drafting books to make lots of different styles. That is my plan. Good luck. Sue
Ina, you're right it could be a lot worse. If plotters weren't so expensive it would definitely be a snap. The key to this software is getting the measurements correct. If you have downloaded the demo, you probably have already noticed when you click on a measurement the program shows and tells you how to measure. My sweet neighbor helped me with the measurements but isn't a sewer. We came very close. I had a friend over who does a little sewing and she helped me remeasure. The pants fit to perfection. I haven't finished the new top yet. I pulled my sewing room apart to make room for a new stand up mirror. My sewing room is almost back together. Hopefully by the end of the day I'll have everything back together. Really want to finish that top so I can plan a new outfit. Good luck to you and let us know how things go. Sue
Fashion design schools use the books produced by Fairchild press, the publishing arm of the Fashion Institute of Technology. They are VERY technical and require some skills in drafting and math. All the Fairchild books are available through Amazon.com. You might want to make a trip to the public library, which is where I found a copy of the pattern drafting book many years ago. They might help you find a copy so you can see if it's suitable. The library might also have some other pattern drafting books, slightly older, but a bit easier to follow.
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