I have been trying out some new things this past year of Covid woe. For someone like me who is used to having problems to solve on a daily basis, this year has been a challenge in the absense of a sense of purpose and accomplishment.
One of the things that I am using for a brain exercise, is learning some new things on the computer. I have been seeing so many patterns by Indie designers out there available for digital download, and I wondered what software some of these people were using.
I thought that I could learn to draft patterns with the computer and started a search for software (affordable) with which to do this.
I have no experience using the computer for this task and I love, love, love, drawing patterns on paper, so I am not likely to give that up by any means.
I started this journey with Inkscape, and began teaching myself some of the tools of that program. It was quite enlightening, I learned a lot - much of which may not have lodged firmly in my brain, but it opened up a door to a place I had never gone before. It was interesting and there are so many helpful YouTube videos out there that made the steep learning curve ever so slightly scalable- hats off to Logos by Nick for an excellent set of tutorial videos, even though I had to stop and start constantly because at his slowest I still was struggling to keep up.
I decided that Inkscape was not the pattern making solution for me. I am keeping it in my back pocket but decided to look further afield.
I encountered a program called, Patternmaker Pro (closed down recently)which also did not work out for me- I could hardly get started and I was not looking for plug and play solution. I want to be able to control the parameters of my own drafting.
That then led me first to Valentina and then Seamly2D
I am still learning the software and the tools with in it, but I have been encouraged by my progress so far and also by the welcoming and helpful forum of users.
Here is a little learning exercise I did recently.
This is a replication (just as written) of a vintage waistcoat draft.
It is a challenge for a paper and pencil gal to adapt, as following the process as written works well with paper, but isn't in the best order of operations for the computer. I do like a challenge and this has been a lot of fun to do.
I don't necessarily have a plan beyond learning right now, but who knows, this may come in handy in the future.
I might become an indie pattern designer of period menswear😉
What do you think? Do you use a drafting software? Any advice?