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ecansell | Posted in General Discussion on

Thank you to those who responded to my question about hardware for ascots.  I was able to get a set from the tux shop doing the other wedding garments.  They sent an old bow tie for me to take apart.  That’s another source for needs for one time jobs.  Now my quest is for information about pattern drafting programs.  I’ve been approached by a new women’s casual designer to assist in the design process.  Drafting patterns, sewing prototypes and samples.  Anyone who has any experience in this area or knows about the available drafting prgrams–I would greatly appreciate your input.  Thank you, Bunky


  1. carolfresia | | #1

    Hi, Bunky,

    It may please you to know that Threads is currently working on an overview of pattern drafting software, due out in 2003. In the meantime, take a look at http://www.fittingtips.com for information on using software.

    You may want to look into any rights issues that could arise if you plan to use the software for a commercial purpose--I don' t know if any of the software intended for home sewers specifically forbids use in an "industrial" context, but it's a good idea to check this out.


    1. ecansell | | #2

      Thank you, CAROLFRESIA.  I will be careful to abide by the restrictions on the programs.  If they all carry limitations to home sewing only, I'll have to look into classes.

  2. lindamaries | | #3

    I have patternmaker

    You can see it at


    I find it a very good tool. The best

    I've seen so far. The pants draft with

    the body axis back from the crotch point

    so it is a very good fit.

    1. MSanders20 | | #4

      Dear ?  - I have just joined this group and am not sure where to address a question.  I have Fittingly Sew, and a Click and Sew (blouse version) software.  I am trying both out at the moment and am wondering whether to stick with FS, or to splurdge on the Boutique version of PatternMaster.  There seem to be some differences and am finding hard to evaluate.  Has anyone any useful opinions.  I am not an absolute beginner having done pattern drafting at college (years ago!).  Many thanks - Maureen (from England)

      1. GhillieC | | #7


        There is a Brit. discussion group devoted to pattern drafting, drafting software and sewing in general at http://www.smartgroups.com/groups/pmbukusers

        We also meet face to face to discuss sewing related matters, and measure and fit each other.


        1. MSanders20 | | #8

          Dear Ghillie, many thanks for the information about the British Discussion Group PMBUKUsers.  I have joined it and am already finding it invaluable.  Maureen

    2. ecansell | | #5

      Thank you.  I'll look at the patternmaker site.

    3. cottonbets | | #6

      Linda, no matter what site I visit, I seem to keep coming back to the same issue, fitting pants! Have you made pants from the pattern maker system, and did you get the pattern printed out on a home printer? Do you tape pages  together to get a useable pattern? Thanks for any advice on this, I'm very intrigued!


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