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Are there any users of Wild Ginger here?  I'd like to ask a few questions
about it if there are.



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Ask away, I use Wild Ginger.

Barbee

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Can I ask do you have to print out the pattern in sections then piece it all
together
Liz
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Yes, the patterns have to be pieced together, unless you own a
plotter.  But it's no big deal.  There are as few as 4, or as many as
12 pieces, and just doesn't take that long.  There are registration
marks on each sheet, so you can't go wrong when putting them together.

Teri


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Liz Hall wrote:
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Yes, unless you have a plotter.
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Kate  XXXXXX  R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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Goody!  Lots of users.

I've only read a review of the program so these are prbably dumb questions;
I just want to check my interpretation of the info I have and see if I am
interpreting it correctly.

I gather that this programs are not for a beginner and needs some good sound
dressmaking experience.

Is the PatternMaster program the one that home dressmakers would buy?  Does
this come with a whole range of styling options or does one them have to buy
additional 'patterns' that 'plug into' the program or can all style be done
one owns the right program or are these stand alone patterns that can be
used by people who don't have the PatternMaster Program?

Since I only tend to sew clothes for myself, could I buy only the
"PatternMaker Boutique Women's Wardrobe" and be able to produce patterns
that would suit a smart casual wardrobe?

How good is the fit?

I also noticed in the review I read that there is an option to select  'J'
curve crotch or an 'L' curve crotch.  Is this  just a description of what
the seam line looks like or is it something more interesting?

TIA.

Fran



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Dear Fran,

The J curve and L curve are shapes for the crotch.  I have no butt, so
I use the L curve, which seems to fit better.  The fit is only as good
as the measurements you input.  If they're precise, you'll get good
fit.

Teri


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Most probably yes.

I've been using Wild Ginger for years, have all of the full programs and
love them!. I think they now sell these in a bundled package. I purchased
the Women's Wear-PM Boutique, Children's Clothing, Lingerie/swim/sports
wear-Curves, and the men's Tailor Made, oh, and Wild Things Vintage. They
are not, however "instructional". This program does not teach you to sew.
There are loads of good books out there, mentioned many times here (except I
can't remember the names at the moment, I'm sure somebody would be glad to
supply a list if you asked) that you could use for reference. If you don't
have a knowledge of construction and assembly and intermediate sewing skills
you just may have some problems....or not. They do have wonderful tech
support in my experience. You should know how to set sleeves, collars, ease
in fullness, attach facings, etc.

An instructor at my Viking dealership printed her patterns out with her
"banner program", I never could figure that one out myself. I use regular
8x10 paper and tape them together up on my sliding glass door. If it's one
I'm going to keep I put it back up on my door and trace it on to Swiss
Tracing paper.....sort of an interfacing, light Pelon-y type product with
printed grids. I scored 35 rolls of this stuff cheap ($5 for the lot) years
ago at a yard sale!  Then I clip the pieces on a hanger and hang (file) it
in the closet.

I would make the very strong suggestion to spend $25 on one of the Click &
Sew patterns and give that a try before you make a large investment on one
of the full programs. They *are* expensive and if it turns out you can't or
don't use it, it would be doubly disappointing. One the frustration of it
not being used and second the weeping over the hole left in your bank
account. You could also download "Wild Things" for free on their web site
and print out a pattern for one of the many articles (easy peasey) to sew up
and see how that goes for you.

One other tip, JMPO, is to have a *reliable* person do your measurements and
follow the instructions for measuring exactly. READ THE INSTRUCTIONS, twice.
It would be extremely difficult, if at all likely to be accurate with a tape
as you bend and contort to measure yourself. Wear the under garments you
would normally wear under whatever you are going to sew when you take the
measurements.

Val



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Yes and no.  There are only minimal, if any, construction instructions.
  If you have a book to tell you how to sew, you can use that and then
draft the patterns with the program.  Some beginners do okay and others
don't.  My experience has been that the biggest reason beginners do not
succeed in using the program is that they expect it to work like
something on The Jetsons -- punch a few buttons and out comes your
perfect garment.  That's not the way it works.  The software works as
well as any flat-drafting method.  You may still need to alter the
pattern to get it perfectly the way you want.

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There are several different versions of WG's Pattern Master series:

Boutique -- regular women's clothing
Curves -- lingerie, foundation garments, knitwear, activewear, swimwear
Celebrations -- formal wear
Vintage -- vintage clothing
Tailor Made -- men's wear
Child's Play -- for children
There's also one for maternity and baby clothes, but I forget the name.

Each of these is a standalone program.  There are no add-ons, nor is
there a need for one within the limitation of each program.  (That is
one thing I love about it.)

As far as patterns being able to be used by those who don't have the
Pattern Master programs, the licensing agreement states that you cannot
create patterns and redistribute them without altering the pattern so
that it is no longer recognizable as the original stock-drafted pattern.
  With that said, if you do alter the patterns and redistribute, you can
send the physical paper pattern out, or you can send the dxf file (DXF
is sort of like RTF; a universal CAD format that can be read by any CAD
program worth its salt) and the person can use a CAD program (there are
a number of free ones out on the internet if they don't already own one)
to print the pattern, or they can take the dxf file to Kinko's and have
them print it.

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Yes, with the exception that Boutique is not particularly created to
make knit garments with negative ease.  That's what Curves is for.

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It is as good as any flat-drafting program.  You may still need to fit
the patterns after they are created.  If you don't know how to tell how
much ease you want, you can make garments that don't fit the way you
want.  But professional dressmakers who flat-draft patterns by hand have
the same problems.

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It's a description of what the back center seam looks like on the
pattern back piece.

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Every job is a self-portrait of the person who does it.  Autograph your
work with excellence.

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FarmI wrote:
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I use it.

Olwyn Mary n New Orleans.

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FarmI wrote:
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Yup, and they also have a message board at their web site with a ton of
collective knowledge, if you do web-based message boards (I don't.)

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Every job is a self-portrait of the person who does it.  Autograph your
work with excellence.

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Me!  I have Boutique and Celebrations, and am going to get Tailor Made
(for blokes' stuff).  I downloaded Wild Things to play with, which is fun.

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Kate  XXXXXX  R.C.T.Q Madame Chef des Trolls
Lady Catherine, Wardrobe Mistress of the Chocolate Buttons
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I have Tailor Made and love it. I calculated after making the fourth shirt
and one jacket instead of purchasing them in the Big & Tall Shop it had paid
for itself.  Check out Wild Things Vintage, now that one IS cool....and a
justifiable price (good hint to whisper in Santa's ear). I've had all kinds
of fun with it.

Val



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Thanks to everyone who posted on this thread.  I now have lots more info to
think about and perhaps even to act upon.

Fran



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