Modern Sewing pattern for board shorts?

Wow, it's been 2 years (!) since I visited here. I'm so glad to see
so many of my pals still posting! I'll catch up on the reading soon,
but here's my question:
Does anyone think this would make a good board short pattern if cut to
the right length?
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want to make some and would prefer Lekala to do the pattern makingfor me. Getting the fit right is so darn hard when you're a plus-size-petite. My past experience with buying retail and getting themaltered was very unsatisfying all around. I know Jalie also makes aboard short pattern for men, which I'm considering a backup plan.
Any input appreciated!
Best,
Pora Park
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wurstergirl
Yeah, typical of myself, I just found this.
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familiar with this company? The pattern looks perfect, and Ilove lots of their other stuff. Seems worth a membership but I'd loveto hear reviews...
Thanks, Pora
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wurstergirl
I don't know anything about uniquepatterns quality, but looking at the price for a measurement kit and patterns, you would only need to buy 7-8 of their patterns to equal the cost of wild ginger's patternmaster software.
There are a number of reviews of this pattern on patternreview.com,
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--Betsy
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Betsy
This is true. They predate the common availability of pattern drafting software by a few years, and their concept is similar to but far more expensive than those pattern CDs that are being sold by someone, is it Fitz? Leiko? I can't remember right now because it's been a brain-draining week.
Poora, you really need to check out a few demos of Wild Ginger, Dress Shop, The Custom Clothier, Cochenille, and whatever else you can find and see if that would help. I will unabashedly admit that my pattern drafting software is my favorite computer game LOL.
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Samatha Hill -- take out TRASH
I've looked at those programs, and they seem to be sort of embellished slopers. I don't wear "fitted" clothes anymore. They never show anything that I would want to make or wear. I get an idea in my mind and go looking, and often even the pattern companies don't have what I see in my mind. I suspect that I would need to learn "draping" to create my mind's eye designs.
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Pogonip
Now there I disagree with you, Joanne. I have been using Wild Ginger's Pattern Master Boutique for quite a while now, and have found that it meets my needs. I do not wear "fitted" clothes anymore, although I do like my clothes to "fit", i.e. be the right length, skim lightly over the bust and hips, drape where I want them drapey and not have drag lines anywhere.
I am by no means a computer expert, but I have found that, mostly, there are enough choices within the program to meet my needs. The CAD portion of the program, which I have recently been exploring, is very well taught in the accompanying movies, and looks to be simple enough to use.
In addition, the company has a User's Forum on which people ask questions and get them answered (all free) and there are also additional online clases offered at very modest cost for those who need further instruction.
BTW, I first investigated this program because I had the same ideas you do. I knew what I wanted, but the pattern companies were not showing that kind of thing, only the same designs that were currently in the shops. For several years, I had been usng the same few patterns over and over, varying collars, necklines, sleves etc so that they looked different.
Olwyn Mary in New Orleans
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Olwyn Mary
Dress Shop is, but you actually design your garment with Wild Ginger Patternmaster Boutique, and if the pattern doesn't accomplish what you want, it has a mini-CAD program built in so you can alter the pattern on the computer to do what you want.
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Samatha Hill -- take out TRASH
Thanks, M. I'll give it another look. I get such set ideas....and get frustrated when I can't find what I want.
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Pogonip
Yes, I tried a Wild Ginger demo several years ago and had a hard time getting the program to do what I wanted. I'm fond of inverted V empire waist and a few other things that I couldn't figure out how to do. I'm sure their programs can do what I want; it was just a big struggle for me. I really like many of the styles of the Unique Pattern company's dresses, tops and bottoms, so it might be worth the admittedly big initial investment. I have had such disappointments when I've designed the styles myself. I don't sew enough right now to become expert at the software. Some time in the future I hope.
Pora
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wurstergirl
Dear Pora,
I'm an oversized petite, too, so I empathize with you. I own PMB, have used AutoCad, Dress Shop, and a number of other patternmaking software products as a teacher. I've solved the problem with commercial patterns by just enlarging the waist, where I differ vastly from the "norm." Here's what I do. Buy the size that comes closest to fitting your hips. Then cut the seam allowance but not all the way--just enough to move it over one fourth of what you need to add. This will also add to the above the hip measurement, usually just the amount you need for comfort. All you will have done is give yourself the needed amount of room in the waist and above the hips. "New Look" patterns is owned by Simplicity, so if you like Simplicity patterns, you'll like New Look. This particular pattern appears to have a wide waist line, so if you decide to alter as I stated above, make sure that you pin the waistband in place before you alter, so that both alterations work together.
Teri
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gpjteri
The demo of WC's Patternmaster Boutique is fully functional except for being able to print patterns or set up your own measurements, so you get the whole idea of everything it does. Like I said, it's my favorite computer game.
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Samatha Hill -- take out TRASH
Sometimes you have to use the pattern editor to add seams, and that is pretty easy. I have seen some people unhappy with Unique Patterns -- I don't remember why, but for some people, the patterns didn't fit well. But at $25 a pop for a pattern, if you were going to buy more than a few, it might be worth it to get the pattern drafting software and learn it -- or else buy the same patterns from their regular catalogs (they sell Butterick, New Look, etc. patterns in custom sizes) and learn how to alter the patterns -- that is, unless money is no object.
(Disclaimer: I would croak to pay $25 for a pattern.)
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Samatha Hill -- take out TRASH
Erp, I went ahead and ordered the Unique Patterns startup kit. The measurement process looks pretty intensive, and they include details like "Dowager's Curve," thrusting head, bowed legs, and many others. They also request photographs to help them further tweak the program. ("Ugly face" ? "Bad hair" ? ;-) ) Given your input, I will try to get super accurate measurements.
Regarding pattern cost, at least the first one is included in the startup price. But get this -- it takes 6 weeks after submission before your first pattern is ready! What the !@#?$%^&*!!?? Summer will be over by the time I get those board shorts made...
Pora
Reply to
wurstergirl
The pattern she wanted had a yoke at the waist. Looking at the Click & Sew info
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all they show are pants and shorts with waistbands or elastic waists. How would she replicate what she wants using the Click & Sew system?
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Pogonip

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