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pattern softwear which one to get?

Debbie_A | Posted in The Archives on

I have a sewing business and would like to speed up the pattern process. I can draft my own patterns but I dont’t always have the time to spare.

I have looked at dressshop,and patternmaster so far. Still not sure


  1. lin_hendrix | | #1

    Hi Debbie,

    You should look at the discussion on page[email protected]@.ee7ef25

    As far as speeding up the process? The thing I like best about pattern making software is the ability to add seam allowances at the press of a button. Also making style alterations to an "already good" pattern is pretty simple.

    There are disadvantages to this stuff though: Things that are very simple to do with a rule and pencil can be horribly tedious with pattern drafting software; be prepared for a steep learning curve.

    Printing and taping the darn things out can be very time consuming too; if you have a standard 8.5" x 11" laser printer you'll have to tape each sheet together. When I bought PatternMaker I had an old, idle Panasonic tractor feed printer so I've been using this as a way to get around taping in one direction, however(!) since tractor feed printers are old technology and Windows 98 is "new" technology there are some annoying effects (like 1" gaps every so often that I have to tape together).

    I did test drive Dress Shop when it first came out and found the editing commands limited; it was impossible for me to create an accurate bodice sloper with their measuring methods.

    I chose PatternMaker because the editing command set seemed much richer than the other companies'. PatternMaker has it's limitations; it really seems best to use it for drafting patterns from scratch; the built in garments are drafted with *no* ease and the pants get their crotch length by adding to the top centerback. I'm sorry but I cannot recommend PatternMaker unequivocally either.

    Getting your already developed "basic" patterns into the software will be a challenge unless you're willing to spring for a digitizing tablet.

    Do get the demos available and test them out. Make sure you try printing and check the accuracy of the printed sheet.

    Hope this isn't too discouraging,


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