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Cochenille Software Resources

Cochenille Software Resources

Cochenille Software Resources

Cochenille Software Resources can assist in helping you know your software.

With your software purchase you will receive a digital PDF of the manual. This is located in your Garment Designer or Stitch Painter folder.

The folder contains help sheets, online links and tutorials.

View short videos found on our website or Youtube channel, “CochenilleSoftware

You may also want to sign up to Cochenille’s “DesignerSchool”. This is a Yahoo Group forum for Cochenille customers. There are several people on this site who have used our software for years and have helpful tips and information to assist you with most any question.

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/DesignerSchool/info

For direct questions, our regular office hours are Monday through Thursday from 9am to 4pm PST.

Please view the following video to learn more about Cochenille Software Resources…

Child’s Hoodie Pattern

Child’s Hoodie Pattern

Child’s Hoodie Pattern

Create a child’s hoodie pattern Using Garment Designer. Fall is fast approaching and it time to pull out your winter clothes. If you have toddlers then you know how fast they grow. It’s either back to the store or back to the drawing board.

I decided to create a pattern for a Toddler’s hoodie size 3T. There are a few approaches to take on how to create the pattern. The first would be to take your child’s measurements. This is not always easy with a toddler. The second is to measure the last size that fit them to create the pattern. Once finished, save the pattern and change the size to the next size up.

The third option is to recreate from an already existing Garment in the size you are looking to make. I went with this 3rd as I just happen to receive a hoodie as a gift from a friend. However it’s always good to have a backup or two in case one gets dirty. Any parent knows, this is often the case.

There are just 5 things you need. A piece of paper, a pen, a ruler, the garment and of course Garment Design. Pen in hand an ruler ready I take my measurements and write them down.

 

Once I have my measurements I’m ready to build my pattern. View the video to see how to create a hoodie pattern using Garment Designer.

 

Measuring Using Your Body

Measuring Using Your Body

Measuring Using Your Body

Measuring Using Your Body can be an easy way to take notes on measurements you see while window shopping. If you’re not walking around with our handy dandy measuring tape use this idea instead. I give all the credit on this idea to Susan Lazear who taught it in a lecture she gave.

A note pad and pen is all you really need to record your measurements. You can also take pictures with your phone if you don’t happen to have a way to write the measurements. Besides that there is a little prep work.

Start by measurement different parts of your body that you could use for measureming. I measured my arm from my elbow to the tips of my middle finger and the span of my index finger to my thumb. I also took note of measurements from the tip of my finger to two different knuckle on my finger. With this knowledge and my phone and note pad in hand, I was ready!

Please view the slide show and the tip!

Mandarin Collared Top

Mandarin Collared Top

Mandarin Collared Top

Mandarin Collared Tops can easily be created in Garment Designer. It starts with an image. I did a Googled search and found a top. From here I made notes on how to recreate it. I was then ready to begin. Please view the short video to see how I did it!

 

 

Garment Designer Swing Tank Top

Garment Designer Swing Tank Top

Garment Designer Swing Tank Top

Garment Designer Swing Tank Top can be achieved! In fact Cochenille is working on a swing style top for the new Style Set 3! The release date is not yet available but highly anticipated. I decided to work on this design in Garment Designer 2.5. I have a favorite tank top in this style and wanted to recreate it.

To begin I took a picture of the top and placed it into Illustrator to trace the garment. This can also be achieved by drawing out a quick sketch. After creating the image I measured the garment. With my measurements in hand I was ready to create my pattern.

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In Garment Designer I started with a misses size 10. This is the closest size to my top measurements. When recreating a garment it is important to have Dimension turned on. This way I can view the distance between points. Highlight lines to vview the segment length or SL. The SL can be found in the lower left hand corner of your Garment Designer screen.

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Once my measurements matched my sketch I was ready to finish my pattern. I add my seam allowances, display final pattern and scale to actual size. I set my paper size through Page Setup under the File menu. The default setting is 8.5″ x 11″. In this case I chose 18″ x 36″ and create a PDF through the Print menu. From here I can save the file to print. I however, took it a step further.

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I was unable to recreate the raglan style in Garment Designer. What I did next can be achieved in most any paint or design program. I opened the PDF inIllustrator and used the pen tool to trace my pattern. I then create the raglan line and two separate pattern pieces. It is very important the PDF file size remain. If the file or image size changes so will the pattern size. After completing my changes I now have a beautifully finished pattern!

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