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DONNAKAYE | Posted in General Sewing Info on

Okay, folks, I took the plunge today.  Purchased and downloaded Pattern Master v.4.  I’ve had an absolute blast today messing around with the style.

I’ve printed out a basic sloper and can’t wait to try it to see how well the program can fit me.  I think I’ve chatted with a few of you who have WG.  Anybody wanna share their fun stuff?

I’ve already got well-fitting basic patterns, but I thought it would really be fun to be able to create exactly what I want without too much thought — something I’d rather not do too much of when I’m not working…..d.


  1. SkiNsew | | #1

    I have used Wild Ginger exclusively for years and just love it.  However, I will tell you that I tweak almost every project because of changes in ease or differences in fabrics.  I have a few tried and true WG patterns that I have hung in the closet to use over and over.  Most of them I just throw out after I am finished.  I do have a notebook where I have the design sheet, a copy of the measurement chart and a small piece of the fabric for every piece that I have made.  That way if I want to go back I can always recreate the item.

    Have fun!  Mary

    1. DONNAKAYE | | #2

      Did you mean you throw out the garment or throw out the pattern paper?

      1. SkiNsew | | #3

        I just throw out the paper pattern.  I just keep a few of the patterns that I have created with PMB4.  I think I have a shirt, slacks, and skirt that I use over and over.


  2. rrp | | #4

    When you put in your measurements for the sloper, how much ease do you add? Is it personal choice ? Do you add seam allowances? Does a sloper have to fit you snugly? The reason I ask is -- I have this software and just installed it. I'm ashamed to say that I bought it a couple of years ago and am only now getting round to trying it out. Hope to have more time to play with it in a couple if months.

    1. DONNAKAYE | | #5

      You don't add any ease at all to the sloper -- or to any pattern you design with Style Editor, for that matter.  When you design the style in Style Editor, it will automatically add the required ease to suit the style.

      As for the sloper (which is used as the basis for all of your patterns), you simply enter the body measurements as instructed -- bust, hips, waist, back shoulder width, front shoulder width, etc.  Make sense?  For example, I just designed and made a tank top with nothing more than my actual body measurements entered in the Fitting module.  It fits fine; a little bit larger than I'd like in the armholes, but that's a little tweak I can live with.  The main thing I loved about it was that it gave me plenty of room across the shoulders and back (where I'm very, very wide), and it didn't fall off of my shoulders (which most commercial patterns do).

      1. rrp | | #7

        Thanks for the comments. I will also visit the wild ginger forums.

  3. Jumala | | #6

    Hi, You may want to vist the Wild Ginger website, sign up on their Forums section, and read up on all the tips others have left behind. Karen can help you with any fitting issues. Karen helped me with my plumpness issues.


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