Fundamentally I sew because I love to sew, not necessarily because I need things to wear. Fit and fashion have always been low priorities to me. Not that I wear clothes that don't fit, just that I never paid much attention to just how well clothing I wear does or doesn't fit. Generally if it doesn't hurt (too much) and doesn't look like a potato sack then I'm good to go. As fashion goes I've always shopped by price and color.
I'm proud to say that I'm fairly well accomplished with my skills and I can sew most items proficiently. However lately I've been very disappointed with how my out of the envelope sewing projects have been fitting when I use commercial patterns. This is totally do to my becoming more aware of how clothing fits and how custom sewn clothing should fit in best case scenarios.
A BrianSews reader helpfully suggested I check out pattern drafting software. There's a few different companies out there making this stuff and I chose to go with Wild Ginger's Pattern Master. The men's version is called Tailor Made and can be downloaded for a very reasonable $90 with a 90 day money back guarantee. This was exactly one month ago which is why you've heard very little from me in that time. I've become so obsessed with perfect fit I dream about it!
I will say that pattern drafting software is no miracle. There's a learning curve with the software and you still need to make just as many test garments. The patterns don't print out with instructions so you need to have a good idea of what you're doing.
The biggest selling points for me so far:
- Printing fresh patterns for each fitting, no more funky tissue
- Cataloging all changes to both measurements and garment style for easy reference
- High degree of control without having much skill in pattern drafting
Here's a video I put together talking about my first successful pattern using custom pattern drafting software: