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Can I learn
how to use Fashion
CAD ? - you ask :-
CAD is a pattern making
system, which requires the user to at least know
the fundamentals of pattern making and the use of
different fabrics. It is a tool to use with you
as the craftsman.
When you purchase Fashion CAD you
receive a series of self paced tutorials, which
have been developed over many years to enable
complete beginners in this software to
become proficient in the shortest time.
In the FashionCAD_Basics
document there are over 20 tutorial
exercises starting with simple 1 minute tasks to
a more complex 25 minute assignment. Most have a
"fun" component to maintain interest.
The second document is the
FashionCAD_Tutorial, which goes through a
complete pattern design, grading, detailing and
"Your tutorial exercises are very good.
So many times new software tutorials consist of
learning snippets of the program without
providing any feeling of accomplishment, or worse
no idea if you're doing things correctly. Your
exercise format allows a learner to actually
"make" something each time and it's
obvious if you've done it correctly or not."
- Lori - from Portland, Oregon USA - her
comment one week after installing Fashion CAD...
You should become proficient in its
use within a couple of weeks but to become expert
in all it's nuances and capabilities may take
several months. This is being realistic because
if you could learn it in a day then you would
find its limitations in a week.
The step by step tutorials,
which you must go through diligently to get their
full benefit, should take 2 to 5 days.
Then you will be creating patterns -
slowly at first, with some mistakes but then as
you get more familiar with the software you will
be quicker and be able to use the software to be
able to create accurate garments that fit.
During this learning process you have 90 days of
e-mail support to answer your questions and help
with any difficulties.
The general approach for you would be to
create a set of "standard" patterns for
each of your garments (by scanning/photographing
an existing pattern, or starting from a standard
block. ) with a "standard size"
set of measurements in a grading file.
Then for a particular
requirement you copy the grading file to a new
name and adjust the measurements for the required
size/shape and Fashion CAD will
automatically create the correct sized patterns.
You then detail them as required.
You can enter a single set of
measurements (for say a single made-to-measure
garment) or up to 20 sets of measurements for a
range of sizes. These measurements are not just
bust, waist, hip, height. These are not
sufficient to control a pattern's size to make it
fit accurately. If you look at the "How-it-works"
page on our web site you will see a pair of pants
with numbered positions, which we call Control
Points (CP's) . The measurement distances between
these CP's will enable you to adjust/distort the
pattern to fit any shape/size.
If you can use a PC and will
complete all the tutorials diligently then the
combination of the two tutorial documents will
provide the basis for you to become proficient in
the use of Fashion CAD. .
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