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Which is the best pattern making system?
Sarucha
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Date: 11/10/10 1:32 PM

Okay, I have seen a LOT of pattern making systems out there on the net. I have seen the BonFit, the SureFit, Designing with Dusan, and now there is a new system from Australia called simply The Pattern Drafter.

All it is is a BIG piece of plastic that has ALL of the body curves on it; neck, hip, crotch, armscye. As well as darts, bust points, grainline.

I watched the demo video on youtube, and all in all it only took about ten minutes to draft the pattern.

It's all in metric though. For those of us who measure in inches, we're going to have to use the otherside of the tape measure. LOL!

It is PRICEY, though at over 200 dollars.

Now, my question is, for those of you out there who have purchased and used systems like this: Which is the best one you've ever purchased? Which is the easiest to understand and use?

Most of all, would you recommend buying it to other people, or recommend that they save their money?

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Date: 11/10/10 3:11 PM

Would you mind sharing the youtube link? It sounds interesting.

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Date: 11/10/10 4:47 PM

Sounds a little like Lutterloh
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Sarucha
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Date: 11/10/10 4:52 PM

Go to youtube and type "pattern drafter" in the search box. It should be one of the first ones to come up.

There's only the one video though, and it shows how to make a basic block pattern.

At $395.00 it is WAY more expensive than any of the other pattern systems out there, but I figure that if a lot of people start buying it, the price might come down.

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Date: 11/10/10 9:00 PM

I watched the video and looked at her web site: Maria Martin Designs. I don't know that this system offers a lot more than a good pattern drafting book would (and you could afford several pattern drafting books for the price of this system). It seems to be a big ruler that helps with quick calculations and it includes curves, but you could do your own calculations and use a French curve instead.

I did notice there is a step-by-step instruction book that is included, but unless it includes information on adjusting for various body types, I don't know how valuable it would be.

I have a few books and have dabbled with using the instructions with limited success, so I'm very interested to hear others weigh in on their favorites methods. I think most pattern drafting books are written with instructions for ideal figures, and any time you get away from the ideal figure, there are adjustments that need to be made, whether you're drafting from scratch or modifying a commercial pattern. (This is personal observation and something I'm still learning about, so someone correct me if you have other observations/ideas).

I've been thinking about ordering this book: Fundamentals of Apparel Design. It's supposed to explain the Why along with the How. Here's another more modern book that might be helpful: Building Patterns.

Hope this helps.

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Date: 11/10/10 9:18 PM

$200 = about half the cost of Bernina's My Label, the full version of Wildginger's Patternmaster Boutique software,or a component or two of the other collection type pattern drafting softwares.
More options to consider. <:)

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Date: 11/10/10 9:43 PM

I notice in the video that the smallest marked bust size is 80cm. Too big for me. I don't get it. It would be so easy for them to extend the markings to cover a wider range, but they just couldn't be bothered. Unless the curves are optimized for a certain size and you run into problems when you get out of a certain range.

Seems like a neat drafting tool, but $385 really steep for what you get.

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Date: 11/10/10 11:56 PM

If you search the boards there is a long Lutterloh thread. Included is a bit of info on a few other systems. However, Lutterloh is one I have and like, and that thread covers it is great detail. It isn't nearly as expensive and does not involve large pieces of plastic! Here is the site and the video gives a good idea of the system. Out Lutterloh thread could tell you so much more.

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Date: 11/11/10 10:00 AM

I've actually checked out the Lutterloh system before, and was impressed except for ONE thing.

They don't give actual sewing instructions for making the pattern.

Okay, two things; they don't have a costume section among their patterns. Also, what about men's patterns? All the stuff I saw was for women.

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Date: 11/11/10 10:02 AM

It looks all the pattern drafting tools rolled into one.....Try buying Rene Burgh's book on making your own patterns, or Patternless fashions. They are a lot less expensive, but you are getting basically the same thing. You would just use a french curve and a yardstick instead of a very expensive unnecessary tool! If you notice in the last scene of the video, she is not even using a pattern, she's just draping on a dress form....

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