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Message Board > Men Who Sew > Any of our male sewers using pattern software? ( Moderated by CarolynGM, Deepika)

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Any of our male sewers using pattern software?
I have a friend who is interested in trying it
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Date: 7/25/10 9:43 PM

He told me today that one company has a full line of men's clothes, but I don't know the name of it. Any input appreciated.

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Date: 7/25/10 10:19 PM

Wild Ginger has men's software - Tailor Made. I've never used it but have considered it. I sew a lot for my older son who is tall and thin with very long legs. I've been drafting his pants since he was about 10 so after nearly 10 years, I can do it with my eyes closed. I'd be interested to see what kind of pattern I get with software although the joining pages from the printer would be tedious.

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Date: 7/25/10 10:20 PM

www.wildginger.com has men's patterns in their PatternMaster softwear

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Date: 7/26/10 7:08 AM

I have both Patternmaster Boutique and Tailormade, and use them both. I got Tailormade to sew for my DH, my two sons, my BIL...and maybe one of these days, my 6 nephews!!

I didn't have trouble getting used to the whole software thing as I was already using PMB when I bought it.

As far as fitting goes, I think it's just perfect for tall thin guys...in my case, for my 2 teen sons. Once I'd made fitting garments, (and learned to measure the pattern pieces on the screen before printing out) I don't think I've ever had a fitting problem...easier than for women's garments, really. Older guys with slouches and pouches are a bit different, of course.

Cost benefits over retail paper patterns...this is a hard one. If you already have favorite patterns and your men like every garment to be exactly like the one before, perhaps you would not feel it was a really good buy. Since I can't buy paper patterns in Japan that fit my long-legged boys, and my DS2 quite likes something a bit different, I use Tailormade fairly often and have absolutely no regrets.

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Date: 7/26/10 10:05 AM

Thanks everyone - I will pass this on to my friend.

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Date: 7/26/10 11:15 AM

Given the limited number of men's patterns there are, you may get more variety using the pattern software...

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Date: 8/6/10 6:32 PM

Wow this looks amazing, definitely something for the xmas list this year !

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Date: 8/10/10 4:25 PM

I downloaded the demo, there are 2 shirts, a few pants, and some active wear. Does the full version have more then this?

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Date: 8/11/10 7:27 AM

If you mean Tailormade, yes there's lots more...but if you are thinking in terms of a paper pattern with a few collar variations, it's a lot different.

My copy of Tailormade is on another computer so I don't have the screen in front of me, but I can choose from many different shirt types...and then change them so much that the basic type is almost unrecognizable.

For example, I could make a big, baggy shirt using the outsize shirt, which has no armhole shaping and dropped shoulders, the casual shirt, which has just the barest armhole shaping and a relaxed shoulder, or the dress or classic shirt, which have full armhole shaping and sit at the natural shoulder point - the dress shirt also has a shoulder yoke.

In other words, I could make two apparently different "classic shirts" and you might not realize they came from the same basic style, or two big baggy shirts that actually come from quite different basic styles.

There is a learning curve, no getting around it, but if you are a curious person, and especially if you have a good understanding of clothes, you will master it. Now that the classes are mostly available as downloads, it's easier to do them when and where you have time. You can also get a LOT of personal help, so as long as you know that there is stuff that has to be learned, I think the risk of getting the program and never using it is minimal.

You can make perfectly adequate clothes without ever venturing too far away from the defaults (though with Tailormade you do need to check that you have the settings set correctly for menswear, e.g. vertical rather than horizontal buttonholes on shirts etc.).

As a "returning" sewer, I think a few sewing lessons would have been a good idea, so that I wasn't trying to catch up with the pattern-design side of things at the same time as trying to remember my (minimal) forgotten sewing skills.

My sons can sew their own PJs from Tailormade patterns, but since the sewing guide is pretty minimal, they could do with a good, clear, guy-friendly sewing book that covers menswear without assuming previous sewing experience...if such a book exists.

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Date: 8/11/10 11:07 AM

Yeah I saw how many variations there are. It looks pretty nice.

Now do you guys always print on 8x11 paper? Or do you use a large format printer? Is it possible to set it up with a plotter or something? Maybe these questions are a bit out of what you do with the software. I have access to a plotter and large format printers though so it'd be nice if I could just print it on thatlol

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