Just this evening, I downloaded a White Ginger Demo on pattern-making.
Ever since I looked at some of what KateXXXXXX has been doing with some
of the software she has from them, I've been interested.
Once I've looked it over, I may be ordering something from them.
Just wondered if any others here have used their software?
I bought the full Wild Ginger "Celebrations" software. It
did not produce usable patterns for what I was trying to
create, Highland Dance jackets with very specific body and
sleeve alterations to accommodate the movements of the
active dancer. After a lot of time and work with support, I
was fortunate that they agreed that it was not going to work
for my purposes, and they refunded my purchase price.
I would much prefer to work with drafting paper and rules.
Just my $.02.
I use the Wild Ginger Boutique and love it. I have a heavy bust, and
trying to alter commercial patterns got to be a real problem. Some
things, such as princess line bodices, were just impossible. I now have
a blouse and several vests in that. Currently, I am working on
perfecting a pants pattern. I have made several pairs which are
acceptable - certainly better than I can find in RTW - but I am still
improving, by means of adding and subtracting within the computer
program. Also, the tech support is outstanding.
Olwyn Mary in New Orleans
You'll probably get different answers from different people. There are
some here who are very enthusiastic about Wild Ginger. My personal
experience had different results.
I bought the Click & Sew Pants software from Wild Ginger over a year
ago. After about ten months and nearly three dozen attempts, I finally
gave up on getting a wearable pants pattern from them. Never mind
perfect--I couldn't even achieve sort-of-acceptable. I called the
company three times without satisfaction. Maybe it was my fault for not
being able to explain the multiple problems adequately. I finally
decided that if I needed that much help, then maybe this wasn't the best
program for me to use. Click & Sew led to months of frustration,
discouragement, and ultimately no results.
So I gave up and bought Dress Shop, by Living Soft. It's a lot more
expensive, but does a lot more than Click & Sew, so maybe this is not an
equal comparison, but I am THRILLED with Dress Shop! Only three weeks
of use, and I had a perfect sloper! Last night I made a test pair of
pants out of cheap fabric, and it is perfect. I'm ready to make the
real thing now, and I couldn't be happier. Dress Shop has you put front
body measurements in separately from back body measurements, instead of
just the total circumference measurements that Click & Sew requires.
This made the difference for me, because pants-wise, I have a lot more
of me in the back than I do in the front. Just not proportioned the way
Click & Sew anticipates, I guess.
Don't expect any pattern-drafting software to give perfect results on
the first attempt. Even if your measurements are exactly right (and
they probably aren't) there is still some fine-tuning to do.
I've tried unsuccessfully to keep this brief, but if you want more
detail, feel free to email me privately. Good luck!
Michigan's Upper Peninsula
I have Click & Sew both blouses and pants pattern and love them. Got rid
of all my store bought patterns. Then I bought the kids boutique and
love it. Made 3 outfits for the kids in short time. Click & Sew is not
as in depth as the boutique is. If you want full range get the boutique.
If your happy with just a little click & sew works for me. And before
this I couldn't buy RTW pants, they never fit right. I have no bum, but
a little tummy, and a high hip. I would really recommend them and I love
their support. That's my two cents.
I have Boutique (love it), Curves (don't care for it, but it's not
designed for people with my build), and Tailor Made (made a number of
things for my sons from it), not to mention Wild Things and Icare.
The demos are some of my favorite computer games.
If you plan on buying the program, try one of their patterns ($25-ish)
first before buying the whole shebang, and do plan on taking full
advantage of their support boards for help in being able to tell the
computer what you want well enough that it will be able to give it to you.
To be fair, Celebrations is not for dancewear but for formal wear, and I
hope you don't diss the entire Pattern Master family because you were
unable to modify it for purposes that it was not intended for.
I am glad you found something you are happy with.
I had an exactly opposite experience than you. Drooled, listed over
Dress Shop for a number of years, finally bought the Sampler, and I
could not get patterns to print nor get any help in getting them to
print. I was devastated. Fortunately, WG was there to help me pick up