Fashion CAD - Software
making for garment manufacture.
design, grading, detailing, marker layout and CAD
drafting and plotting.)
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How does Fashion CAD work ?
1. You create a standard set of patterns for each
of your own garment designs:
Either - by using the blocks provided and modifying then
OR - photographing an existing pattern with a good
digital camera and on-screen digitizing pattern lines/curves
over the top of the image pixels.
OR - Create free-form patterns on screen to required
Tools ? Measure lengths/distances; Force curves to be
same length on adjacent pattern edges; move, trim,
mirror, copy, scale, etc.....
Save your new "standard" pattern in your own
library of patterns.
2. Insert grading Control Points (CP's) at the ends
of pattern lines/curves to enable control of pattern size
3. Copy then modify an existing
grading file using XL or text editor. Insert measurement
distances for the distance between each CP.
4. Open up your "standard"
pattern and grade it to a specific size as defined in
your grading file - ideal for made-to-measure or for that
thin, large or "non-standard" figure shape. Fashion CAD will create a graded pattern
size (or range of sizes) in seconds.
5. Detail each graded pattern
with seams, text, notches, motifs, grain direction,
button/zip locations, etc...
6. Save each new pattern piece and add to the
"project file" for your garment.
7. From the project file Fashion CAD will create the basic marker layout which
you then optimise for minimum wastage.
8. Print your layout (or individual pattern pieces)
to a wide format plotter or "tile" in page
sized pieces to your desktop printer.
options when making patterns :
|Using a Digital
Purchase a good
digital camera (approx 5 Mega pixels and 8X
optical zoom - typically Fuji Finepix S7000,
Nikon 5400 or similar) then position your
existing paper pattern on different coloured
surface and photograph it. The *.JPG image from
the camera is then transferred to you PC and
imported into Fashion CAD where you "on-screen"
digitize over the top of the image pixels.
|Using a Scanner
Use your desk top
scanner to generate an image of a page in a book.
The *.JPG image from the scanner is then
transferred to you PC and imported into Fashion CAD where you "on-screen"
digitize over the top of the image pixels. The
size of the pattern image does not matter as
Fashion CAD will make the pattern the size you
You can also start
with one of the 200 blocks supplied with Fashion CAD and on-screen modify it to
create your standard pattern. There are blocks
for women, men, girls and boys in many sizes
covering tops, sleeves, skirts and pants. - OR -
you can create your own blocks or standard
patterns "freehand" using the many CAD
tools - on screen.
|Place Paper pattern on a
wall of different colour
|Select a pattern or
block from a book
|Select a basic block
from the 200 blocks supplied.
Photograph the pattern with a good digital camera
Scan the book page with your desk top scanner
standard block using the CAD tools supplied with
Fashion CAD to meet your unique design
digital image into the Fashion CAD work space.
digitize pattern lines/curves over the top of the
image pixels to create your standard pattern.
Control Points which determine the pattern size/shape
when grading and create a grading file, using
EXCEL, a text editor or NOTEPAD.
file specifies the measurement distances between
these Control Points you have inserted into your
standard pattern, and between which control
points you wish to grade..
Fashion CAD grading module to automatically
create your required size, or range of sizes, or
variation of the original pattern. In this
example automatically creating hipster shorts, at
a specific size, from the standard pants pattern.
flexibility to achieve such tasks is inherent
within the way Fashion CAD has been designed to
pattern with automatic (and/or manual) seams,
text, grain information, motif's, notches, etc..
Then manipulate your pattern pieces in your
layout - move, rotate, mirror, nudge, etc - all
the tools to optimise your layout for minimum
wastage. Fashion CAD will tell you your
percentage of waste.
each pattern in page sized pieces to your desktop
your patterns or marker layout
a wide format plotter
HPGL format plot file so you can email it to an
external print service.
Go to the DEMO
page to see audio/visual "movies" of Fashion CAD work sessions.