Pattern making made easy – my first experiences with Valentina
I always had a high affinity to software. So I have always been interested how to use my computer to cut my own patterns. In my studies of fashion design I learnt both – the good old way by hand and using a CAD software. But guess what – I do not even remember the name of the software used in school.
So how did this happen? We used a quite common CAD software – and got an education licence which made it possible to cut patterns on the screen. But the printing function was blocked. I understand that this is the usual way to prevent students from using their education licence after their studies for work. And I am always a friend of paying for software I use for working. So I just tried to get a single licence for myself. But a normal licence for this tool was more expensive than my complete Adobe Creative Suite. And I must admit that the software was not what I would call intuitive to handle.
Ok than, back to paper. As I started with pattern cutting for babies and toddlers this was not the problem. Few years after my exam I found the site of Ralph Pink where you will find great tutoials on using Adobe Illustrator for pattern cutting. I just changed the way of printing them by using the app Split Print instead of using Photoshop to prepare the printing. Cutting patterns like this saved me lots of time and space as I could store my patterns on my device. But grading patterns was quite difficult as every size had to be drawn separatly.
The last version of Valentina dis not work on my Mac. I changed to a PC now because my embroidery software unfortunately also is not compatible with Mac OS. As written in my post about my upcoming projects I just got the latest version of Valentina now. I just had a look in the sister program Tape by now which is a tool for creating the measurements either in sets of standard sizes or individual size. And what I can say so far is that I am stunned by the functions of this open source software. There are different pattern cutting to choose from and you can also see the measures in a diagram – which helps a lot if Valentina is not available in your language. But Valentina also comes in several languages. German pattern cutting systems are not included as far as I can tell. The most famous are Müller&Sohn und Systemschnitt. I did not find either of them in the list although I will not miss them much. I changed to pattern cutting systems of Aldrich or Haggar several years ago as I got better results with these methods.
Here are few screenshots of Tape. Sorry they are in German. I will give updates here showing my results using Valentina. Do you cut your own patterns? And do you use any software doing so? Have you tried Valentina and what are your experiences? Please leave a comment below.