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Anything out there for pattern drafting on a Mac
smerchant2

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Date: 6/28/07 10:55 PM

I'm a Mac user and am wondering if there is any software out there for pattern drafting. Or has anyone ever heard of using AutoCAD for pattern drafting? It is something I would like to get into as I'm already looking at the motorcycle jacket half-finished on my dress-form thinking of all sorts of variations. I also started sketching up my own pattern for a purse tonight and will be using large paper and a T-square and triangle to draft the pattern itself and would like to get computerized at some point.
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Sarah

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Date: 6/29/07 0:05 AM

I'm a Mac user too and I haven't found anything. Even embroidery machine software is all for PC. I think it's hilarious because these are ideal venues for MAC. It's insane how expensive embroidery digitizing software is - aprox $2000 and it does less than photoshop as far as graphics go. Smaller market I guess.

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Date: 6/29/07 1:09 AM

Garment Designer is available in a native Mac OSX format. I've always heard good things about it.

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Date: 6/29/07 3:43 AM

It really is too bad because there is a lot that is not available for Macs. I'm going to school for graphic design (actually second bachelors in a media related field) and I'm finding all the top of the line design software in Mac form such as Creative Suite, Maya, etc. but not much for garment design. $2000 for embroidery software?!?!?! That's more expensive than Photoshop. That's actually more than I paid for the entire Creative Suite 2 back in 2005.

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Date: 6/29/07 3:49 AM

Quote: Debbie Cook
Garment Designer is available in a native Mac OSX format. I've always heard good things about it.

Ooh. Thanks. I'm going to have to download the demo and play around with this. Not sure if I will get the time to before my classes start up again but definitely on my to try list. Thanks a bunch.
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Date: 6/29/07 9:21 AM

Thanks Debbie - I'm going to look into this too

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Date: 6/29/07 11:22 AM

There's a program called Virtual PC that lets you run Windows and Windows software on your Mac (if you have an older, non-Intel version). I haven't tried this with any sewing-specific software, but I have used it to run Visio, MS Project, FrontPage and MS Access on my Mac. I was also able to print from any of these applications.

The plus - you can run PC software. The minus - speed was the primary problem. The beefier your Mac the better.

If you have a newer Intel-based Mac you might take advantage of Boot Camp (I think that's the name0, which is built into the Mac and runs Windows. I think you'd get better performance than you would using Virtual PC.

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Date: 6/29/07 12:41 PM

Long-time Mac Garment Designer user - NAYY - and I just *love* it. I can use it for sewing clothes (printed patterns) and the software also gives me charted instructions and diagrams for hand and machine knitting. Lot of collar options (hoods, convertible collars), lots of sleeve options - great software. With GD I can make a well-fitting t-shirt on my sewing machine and then convert the pattern into a well-fitting knitted sweater with the knitting instructions.

Easy to work out the sloper (pick your closest RTW by upper bust size and tweak) with sizes for men, women, children, dolls - all in one purchase.

The manual is very good (Susan teaches fashion at the college level) and tech support is also very good.

Highly recommend!

Gail

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Date: 6/30/07 3:16 AM

Quote: ValerieJ
There's a program called Virtual PC that lets you run Windows and Windows software on your Mac (if you have an older, non-Intel version). I haven't tried this with any sewing-specific software, but I have used it to run Visio, MS Project, FrontPage and MS Access on my Mac. I was also able to print from any of these applications.



The plus - you can run PC software. The minus - speed was the primary problem. The beefier your Mac the better.



If you have a newer Intel-based Mac you might take advantage of Boot Camp (I think that's the name0, which is built into the Mac and runs Windows. I think you'd get better performance than you would using Virtual PC.

I've seen this and haven't looked into it too much since 99% of the software I would use is already available for the Mac and the other 1% is something that I can find a Mac alternative with. My Mac is very beefy since I run a ton of graphic and video editing software off it so I don't think that will be any issue. Definitely something I will look into. Thank you.
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Date: 6/30/07 3:27 AM

Quote: gmoti
Long-time Mac Garment Designer user - NAYY - and I just *love* it.

Is this the same one mentioned earlier? Thank you for the review. I find tons of stuff on Ebay that I like either the collar, or the sleeve or whatnot and eventually, you piece the 40 different parts together and you have what I want. LOL. My iPod is full of picture that I have saved to keep with me when I go either fabric, pattern or notion shopping to get ideas.

I'm also looking at the McCalls 5190 (a new jacket pattern) and thinking of a ton of changes I want to make to it. hehehe. I'm also currently working on the Vogue 2973 jacket and have done a lot with contrasting fabric and would love to try another one possibly with a belt buckle or two on the sides (I'm "documenting" my project to upload in the next few days as my in progress project). Want to try to alter the too to make a sleeveless vest. Now I just need the $ to do all this stuff. And I haven't even mentioned the dress I saw in a music video that I want to make...
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