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of Added Features added since version 1.0
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Overview Video Click the Back button on your browser to exit video.
Garment Designer for Windows or Macintosh
is a garment design program that has been on the market since 2001. It allows sewers to print a pattern, in tiled pages from
a standard printer, to tape together. It also allows knitters to
build and chart a garment. Knitters quickly found that the paper
pattern was an excellent tool to use for blocking knits into perfect
shape. Garment Styler was the previous version available from 1995 to 2001.
Designer contains all the feature of our Garment Styler (Garment Designer's 'little sister'), plus a lot more. Those of you who own Styler may upgrade to the Designer
version. Garment Designer utilizes a security process that requires
a physical USB key (dongle).
Designer provides a multitude of features which make your design
world not only simple, but very visual, and in general, a lot of
fun. Before we begin to discuss all the new features users will
find, let's quickly overview the basic approach to design that Garment
Styler provides. Since the Designer version includes all of Styler's
features, this will set a good foundation.
premise of the Garment Styler is that a user may choose a standard
size to begin the design process. These include Women's 2-50, Men's
32-50, Children's and Infant's, sizes as well as several dolls and
even some stuffed animals. Simply choose the menu, and slide up
or down to the desired size. Or, if one prefers, he/she may enter
one's own personal measurements and create a pattern that works
with the shape of their body. Once you've chosen a style, you see
a sloper of your body, in green on the screen. The pattern (in black)
surrounds the sloper and with the grid feature tuned on, one can
quickly see how much ease is allowed in any given style. For further
information, one can turn on the garment's dimensions and quickly
see a schematic presentation of the garment. To build a garment,
you simply choose amongst the numerous menu items in each of the
sub design groups; body style, neckline, armhole, shoulder, and
sleeve. This mix and match approach provides hundreds of thousands
of combinations for the user to explore. In addition, you may add
bands or ribs to the garment and the software will understand to
remove them when charting a pattern piece. Garment Styler allows
one to print out knitting instructions (in a knitters cheat sheet
format), which is ideal for machine knitters. It also allows you
to print the pattern pieces in full scale as well as half and quarter
scale. These are helpful for those who want to draw on the pattern
and then use a knit leader/radar to shape the garment and apply
Sonia and Cochenille Staff
So What's Included in Designer?
There are many wonderful features in Designer.
The first thing you will notice is that the organization of the
Style menus and screen has
changed slightly. Garments and Styles have been re-categorized into
Tops, Dresses and Bottoms. You even have the option to view a Top
and Bottom at the same time so you can see how an ensemble will
work together, ease-wise and proportion wise.
Perhaps the most exciting feature in Designer is the addition of
click and drag. If you click on a pattern piece, points will pop
up and you will see various points,
lines and curves. You will see points at the ends of segments,
and you will see curve control arms that will allow you to control
the shapes of your curves by simply clicking and dragging on the
curve control point. Designer uses bezier curves which gives you
excellent control over their shape. Users will find that Designer
behaves much like Illustrator and other CAD design programs. You
can easily move the points to customize the shaping of your body.
In general, the best way to work is to find a combination of styles
that gets you close to what you want, and then to click and drag
the points around until you achieve the custom garment you want.
You may click on any line and move that as well, plus you can see
it's length and other info in the Info window in the lower corner
of the document. This is very helpful information.
Options of Garment Display and Design
If you like, you may display any combination of left/right, front/back
of your garments pieces. In addition, you may choose to have the
pieces joined or separate. This allows you to design and visualize
Dimensions and Stitch/Row Counts
Now you have further options of displaying the dimensions
of your garment. You may choose to view cumulative or point to point
dimensions or stitch/row counts. Dimensions are displayed in black
and stitch/row counts are displayed in green. If you start adding
too many options, you will need to zoom to a larger scale, as the
screen becomes busy with numbers. A new bonus is that you may now
choose where your 'zero' point will be for both dimensions and counts.
Simple click on the appropriate number position and it becomes the
new zero point. This becomes particularly important when you begin
to do sideways and upside down knitting (discussed below).
Armhole/Sleeve Video Click the Back button on your browser to exit video.
As Styler, the Designer version automatically builds the sleeves
to match the armhole you have given it. Thus, if you lower a set-in
sleeve armhole, the program will automatically rebuild the sleeve
cap for you. As most of you know, this is the most difficult part
of patternmaking. Click here
to see a before and after armhole/sleeve. At last, the raglan sleeve
has arrived. As promised, it is very intelligent and provides the
proper neck shaping at the top of the sleeve. Note that the grey
lines indicate where the original armhole sleeve was positioned.
Saddle Shoulder and other style combos can be found in the software
for the Not-so-Perfect Body
Garment Styler gave you a Simple-Fit
sloper that allowed you to input 12 basic body measurements.
If you are not symmetrical, you have the option to use the Refined-Fit
sloper. As you can see by clicking here, you can add additional
measurement to reflect a back and front that are different and in
some cases a left and right. You do not necessarily have to enter
all the measurements as Designer is smart enough to average or add
those not filled in. However, you must have all the basic measurements
as requested by the original Styler. If you do not feel like taking
all your measurements, you can start with the closest standard size
and edit and add measurements as you please. Just remember to rename
the sloper and save it so that it will become part of the custom
library. If you choose to work with the 'refined-fit' sloper, you
will see that the front and back patterns and different and the
sleeve cap is not necessarily symmetrical. In addition, the armhole
may be curved and contoured as dressmaker's armholes. These features
will allow you the 'St. John's' or tailored look you've always wanted.
If you are busty, or simply want a more contoured fit, Designer
has now added darts to the program. You can either add a trued
dart (for sewing) or a cut-out
dart which may be used by sewers or knitters. If you make the
center of the dart perfectly horizontal to the bust apex, you will
get simple shaping instructions for short-rowing darts into your
garments. Darts are available on most tops, dresses and even in
the skirts. You may adjust the size of the dart, its position and
its length. This gives you great control.
Designer introduces Skirts
as a separate category. At the present time the following skirt
styles exist in the program; straight (with and without slits),
gored, flared dirndl, wrap, A-line, trumpet. Each has variations
as per styling or waist treatment, so the list of options becomes
very long. If you want better fit at the waist, you can choose to
add darts to the skirt which reduces the fullness at the waist but
may necessitate a waistband.
Pant templates have been added to Designer. There are two tutorials
that teach you how to copy a favorite pair, and how to draft a pair
'from scratch', utilizing your crotch depth and crotch length measurements.
Even though we intended our pants to be 'starting points', we have
been pleasantly surprised at user feedback. Apparently, very little
adjustment is needed.
Knitting Modes and Advanced Shaping Instructions
Garment Designer now adds upside down and sideways knitting instructions.
Once you have entered your gauge, set the zero point and requested
the graphics (which now all appear in one window) you may click
on any piece and rotate or flip it. Designer can then interpret
the shape and provide shaping instructions for that piece. All instructions
now appear in one file, and it is a one-step operation for all body
pieces. Bands can be requested in one step as well.
Header Fields and User Info Fields
This new feature is in direct response to user's requests. It will
allow one to record and save further information
about your project (such as Yarn, Tensions, Customer, etc.) You
may choose which of these prints on the Shaping Instructions by
clicking on the check box in the dialog. Click here to check these
to Set Preferences
Now you may set preferences so that when you open the program and
documents you will have the setup you want. You can set metric/inches,
the sloper size, garment display layout, whether dimensions or grid
are on, etc.
to Add Hems, Extensions, Facings, Seam Allowances
Prep for Sewing Video Click the Back button on your browser to exit video.
Sewers will love the abilities they have to add these features.
Simply click on the appropriate segment or segments and choose to
add a hem, extension, facing or seam allowance (you may choose the
width of any of these). Although many of these are sewing features,
extensions and hems are reflected in the knitting instructions,
should you want them. You may specify the width of any and all of
these. Of course, if you sew and knit, you may take full advantage
of these new features.
When you are ready to print paper patterns in full scale, you may
want to turn on Print Preview
which lets you see how many pages of paper you will be needing.
This is particuarly helpful if you only want to print out the neckline
of a garment for a template for cut and sewn knits. Try experimenting
with landscape versus portrait printing, as sometimes one mode requires
are additional features one will find with Designer, but unfortunately,
space is limited. Garment Styler owners may upgrade into Designer,
so they should contact their Cochenille dealer or contact Cochenille
direct. DAK and Creation 6 users may take the graphic silhouette
that Garment Styler produces, copy it to the clipboard and import
it into their software. Stitch Painter owners may take the Garment
Designer shape and paste it on the grid for engineered stitch design.
This new Stitch Painter file may be exported as a CUT or DAK (single
pixel PCX) file to take to other design software.
at Cochenille would like to thank all of our users who have provided
us with wish lists, feedback, etc. It is the customer base that
keeps us going. We trust this that Garment Designer will provide
you with many creative hours and numerous outstanding designer garments.
Designer 1.0 Quick Feature List
Sloper of one's personal body shape which sits inside the garment
as you design. This may be turned on or off as you work.
of Simple or Better Fit Slopers, the latter of which accomodates
the non-perfect body.
library of standard sized slopers including from infants, toddlers,
children, juniors, petites, misses, women's and men's.
a custom library of personal sizes and shapes.
to print Sloper measurements for your files.
options for tops (of all types), dresses, skirts and pants.
a garment visually by choosing from a variety of style details
for garment shapes, necklines, armholes, sleeve styles, etc.
the styling by clicking and dragging on garment points.
the shape of your curves.
on a grid so that you may see the ease allowances provided in
in metric or inches and switch back and forth.
preferences so that each document opens at the starting point
facings, bands, extensions, hems, and seam allowances to your
side darts to your bodice or waist darts to your skirts.
dimensionsfor each garment piece so that you have schematic information
for your reference. These may be displayed in a cumulative mode
or in a point-to-point mode.
Stitch and Row counts (for knitters).
the '0' point of your dimensions/counts.
and Weavers may choose to request shaping instructions for standard,
sideways and upside down shaping.
a 'pixel per stitch' graphic which can be copied through the clipboard
to Stitch Painter and other paint programs for design purposes.
shaping instructions in a row by row summary.
a specific gauge/sett/count in order to create shaping instructions.
and print a full scale, half scale or quarter scale pattern which
may be used for sewing and for blocking garment pieces.
of thousands of combinations of styles, including tops, contoured
tops, vests, dresses, and skirts.
features which are still be tuned, and/or added.
Features added in version 2.0 (2003):
(including multiple styles from each of the following groups:
flat, standing, full-roll, partial-roll). You can literally choose
a collar style for almost every neck style, so you options are
endless. It is pretty amazing to have the program do all the hard
Notched Collar. You can alter the shape of the lapel at your leisure.
for the ever popular 'hoodies'.
(inlcuding Tailored and Barrel styles)
(including Inner, Outer (patch), In-seam and Specialty pockets
(such as pant and jean styles). You control the placement position
(Chest, Hip, Hem, Hip). Use the centering mark of the pocket to
assist you with embroidery work if you are a machine embroiderer.
- where you control the width, flare, gather ratio and placement
on the garment.
Shapes for your creative use. Choose from an assortment of 'roundish',
'squarish', or 'triangular' shapes.
Style Templates (with shoulder dart princess, and armhole dart
Tops and Dress, as well as an Empire Skirt (which may be coordinated
with the Top to create a wonderful empire dress.
Body Dart options.
usual, the pattern editing is simple, allowing for great creativity.
Designer has never been stronger! Read on to see the features in
the program prior to this new update.
Overview of New Features of 2.1(2005):
Diagonal Rotation of Garments.
Use this in Diagonal
knitting or Bias-cut garment design.
Overview of New Features of 2.5 (2009):
New USB Key security
New Built in Help files and
Online Help files access
Installs a searchable PDF Manual
Vista & Windows 7 compatible - Windows
Universal Code - Mac 10.6 Compatible
Version 2.5.3 Released Sep 27, 2011 is 10.7 Compatible
Garment Designer Windows Screen
Garment Designer Mac Screen
Better Fit Measurement Window
New Raglan Style
New Saddle Shoulder Styles
Click and Drag Points
Counts for Knitters
Darts for Sewers or Knitters
Printing Patterns in 1/4, 1/2 or
full scale (33k/22k) as in Styler
Style Set Video Click the Back button on your browser to exit video.
Style Sets are options plug-ins to Garment Designer which add more
style options to mix and match with exisiting styles. There are
generally 50 new style features based on current fashions and User
1 for Garment Styler or Garment Designer
is a style set that contains 50+ new style options
options in Style Set 1 (33k)
Style Set 1, Windows $25
SW-0202-M Style Set 1, Mac $25
Set 2 for Garment Designer
of April 1st, 2002, Style Set 2 for Garment Designer released. This
is a new style set that contains 50+ new styles (body styles, neckline,
skirt, pant, etc) that mix and match with the existing Garment Designer
styles and Style Set 1. To see what is included in the set, download
one of 3 PDF files listed below. The price is $25.00.
Sheet 2 only
Abbreviated SS2 Style/Illustration
Booklet PDF (selected pages) (951k)
Full SS2 Style/Illustration Booklet
PDF (1.8 megs)
Style Set 2, Windows $25
SW-0203-M Style Set 2, Mac $25
of some of the New Garment Designer 2.0 styles:
All of the following styles were designed and created by Betty Abbott
of Christchurch, New Zealand. More images will be added to this
Cuff and Collar, Yoke detail and Pocket
Cuff and Collar, Yoke detail and Pocket
detail and Collar, front
detail and Collar, back showing box pleat
Seam from Shoulder
Seam from Armhole
Pocket, sewn to create the skirt opening.
Collar (revere-style), side
Due to its CAD abilities, Garment Designer 2.5 prefers a little 'oomph'
on the computer.
- Windows users must be Windows XP or above.
Users will require 10.4 or Above.
Most new computers will have ample RAM to run the program. We
suggest a minimum of 32 megs.
- A USB port is required.
- Program comes on a CD-Rom.
Demo (zipped file). Unzips to a working folder with program inside. You will need to create a shortcut.
Macintosh Demo -OS 10.6 or below (zipped files) Decompresses to a working folder with the program inside. You will need to create an alias if you want one. OS 10.7 or above (zipped files) demo.
SW-0500-I - Designer 2.5 for Windows $199.00
SW-0500-M Designer 2.5 for Mac $199.00
Style Set 1, Windows $25
SW-0201-M Style Set 1 Mac $25
Style Set 2, Windows $25
SW-0203-M Style Set 2, Mac $25
SWB-01-W - Garment Designer 2.5 and Style Sets 1&2 for Windows $249.00
SWB-01-M - Garment Designer 2.5 and Style Sets 1&2 for Macintosh $249.00
UpGrades(serial #'s required):
SW-0608-M GD Designer upgrade from GD 2.5 to 2.5.3 CD/ Mac $10.00
SW-0607-W Designer upgrade from Designer 2.1 to Designer 2.5 /Windows $40
SW-0607-M Designer upgrade from Designer 2.1 to Designer 2.5.3 /Mac $40
SW-0605-W Designer upgrade from Designer 2 to Designer 2.5/Windows $55
SW-0605-M Designer upgrade from Designer 2 to Designer 2.5.3/Mac $55
SW-0601-I Designer upgrade from Designer 1 to Designer 2.5 /Windows $95
SW-0601-M Designer upgrade from Designer 1 to Designer 2.5.3 /Mac $95
SW-0602-I Designer upgrade from Styler to Designer 2.5 /Windows $155
SW-0602-M Designer upgrade from Styler to Designer 2.5.3 /Mac $155
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