I mentioned a few posts back that I’d purchased a design program called Garment Designer by Cochinelle. My main motivation to get this was for machine knitting projects. But, it also does draft for sewing patterns.
My friend Liz came over and we spent a couple of hours getting my measurements, plugging them into Garment Designer and spitting out a pattern. The patterns can be printed on any size paper from taped to plotter size. I essentially used the options for the most fitted knit I could sew — allowing me to check out the overall fit of my sloper.
I have to say I’m pretty happy! No darts were harmed in the making of this sloper. I think I could use a bit more room in the bust, but not enough for me to care or (IMHO) for it to matter when it comes to knitwear for myself.
Once you have your design, you can then punch in your gauge and the program spits out basic directions for your increases and decreases (along with the row count, needle position and estimates of yarn needed). If you’d like, they also give shaping instructions for making your bands too. Or, if you’re hand knitting, it will tell you how many inches along you should be and the number of live stitches.
I don’t know how much I’ll use it for sewing as I have plenty of patterns to make. But, never say never!
So, that’s an overview of the program. Hopefully next time, I’ll tell you if it actually works!