Webinar: Combining Knits and Fabrics

Webinar: Combining Knits and Fabrics

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021 2 pm PT
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Garment Designer allows you to create for both knitting and sewing. So, why not make garments that utilize both! In this webinar, you will learn how to plan for, and create garments that incorporate have both knit/crochet and sewn parts. Of course, this could also apply to knit fabric and woven combinations for those who don’t knit or crochet. The options are endless. Fashion inspiration as well as design how-to’s will be shown.

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We’ve listened to your feedback and will have the webinars available to review for attendees who sign up prior to the scheduled webinar but are unable to attend at that time. The video will be completely unedited, directly from the webinar meeting. It will be available for one week after the webinar is hosted. You must sign up prior to the scheduled date.
What do you Get with a Webinar?:
• Online webinar (60 – 70 minutes) (or access to the recording if you can’t attend)
• Handout in Advance
• Access for one week after the webinar to review the video as many times as you like
• PDF of the PowerPoint lecture (for personal use)
• 15% discount code for Cochenille Products (excluding software upgrades)
Webinars need a minimum of three participants to host. If we do not meet this minimum, the webinar will be canceled two days prior, so be sure to register early.
After registration, we will email you with the webinar invite and handout, one or two days prior to the scheduled time.

 

Webinar: Hmm.. Why Did That Happen? (in Garment Designer)

Webinar: Hmm.. Why Did That Happen? (in Garment Designer)

Saturday, February 20th, 1 pm PT
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Garment Designer is easy to use and powerful. Yet, strange things can occasionally happen as you work. Where did my sleeve go? Why is the left side different than the right, etc. Rest assured, there is a logical reason why. So, if you are not a ‘manual’ reader, or simply want to cut to the chase, let us show you the most common mistakes people make and explain the why. Having this knowledge tucked into your belt will give you comfort to do more. Susan is pulling form her tech support files as well as her design experience for this webinar.

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We’ve listened to your feedback and will have the webinars available to review for attendees who sign up prior to the scheduled webinar but are unable to attend at that time. The video will be completely unedited, directly from the webinar meeting. It will be available for one week after the webinar is hosted. You must sign up prior to the scheduled date.
What do you Get with a Webinar?:
• Online webinar (60 – 70 minutes) (or access to the recording if you can’t attend)
• Handout in Advance
• Access for one week after the webinar to review the video as many times as you like
• PDF of the PowerPoint lecture (for personal use)
• 15% discount code for Cochenille Products (excluding software upgrades)
Webinars need a minimum of three participants to host. If we do not meet this minimum, the webinar will be canceled two days prior, so be sure to register early.
After registration, we will email you with the webinar invite and handout, one or two days prior to the scheduled time.

Webinar: Dressing Up a Simple Shape – NEW

Webinar: Dressing Up a Simple Shape – NEW

Monday, January 18, 2021   1 pm PT
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There is an elegance in a simple shape. Designers such as Vionnet, Miyake, and a myriad of others have created beautiful clothing with simple styling. The secret is in the details added to the base. This webinar is suitable for sewers and knitters alike, and it will share design inspiration and techniques you can employ to turn a simple style into perfection. Not only are the styles quick to make, but they will also be unique with your added touch, using Garment Designer and knitting or sewing skills. Come and be inspired.

Mistakes in Design and How to Fix Them

One of my favorite things to do, is to recreate a favorite garment that I’ve purchased and worn to the point it is showing its age. I’m generally pretty good at doing it, but every now and then, I have an ‘oops’. Of course, I recently did this

Here is a dress that I purchased in Italy several years ago. It is a bit funky, and super comfortable to wear. It is a great travel dress, because it doesn’t matter how good or bad you are with your eating, it hides everything.

Inspiration Garment
This is the inspiration garment from Siena, Italy

So, several months ago, I decided it was time to recreate it, and thus I measured it, created a schematic, and then began to build the pattern in Garment Designer.

Here is the pattern.

Garment Designer Pattern. The front skirt was cut once and the back was cut X3. Note the slight difference in cut. The extra back panels straddle the side seam of the body.

Now… here is where my mistake came in.

The original dress was made out of a cotton jersey knit. I decided to use a spandex/synthetic blend for the new garment, and it was a heavier weight. It was a woven fabric, but definitely had stretch in it. 

The mistake? The amount of stretch in the new garment should match the amount of stretch in the old garment if you want it to fit the same. I KNOW this, and yet, I walked down that path.

I sewed up the bodice and decided to self-line it. So, there were lots of seams, etc., and it looked great. Then, I tried it on… OOPS… the sleeves were too tight… could barely get my arm into them.

And so, my weak spot has been identified. I don’t like fixing mistakes. It is too much like alterations. I had enough of alterations many years ago, when I took in all kinds of alterations so I could save up enough money to go to Australia and New Zealand.  I managed that for my husband and I, and even though I learned a tremendous amount about how clothing is put together, I really was ‘over’ the alteration phase.

So, I set the garment aside… for months… figuring it would come to me.  And, yes, finally, I got tired of looking at the dress sitting in a bag waiting for my attention.  The solution was really quite simple. I found a piece of stretch knit (with lots of spandex) and I inserted a wedge into the underarm area. Of course, I needed to find a way to tie that new fabric into the rest of the garment so I added a trim to the neckline.

Inserting a piece of super-stretch knit in the underarm and then adding a trim of the same fabric to the neckline to make it look like it was intentional all along. Whewww…No one need ever know.

Now my dress is done, and of course, I have not wear to wear it, given that we are still in lock-down. But I’m happy with the result.

I am a big believer that our mistakes force us down more creative paths, and so I generally embrace them. I still can’t believe I didn’t actually do a comparative stretch of the two fabrics. I should know better. But sometimes we need to remind ourselves of something that should be so basic. I’ll just call this my ‘couture touch’ to a basic dress. See the final dress below.

The final dress with its ‘couture touch’.
Webinar:Working Creatively with the Symmetry Function in Garment Designer

Webinar:Working Creatively with the Symmetry Function in Garment Designer

Tuesday, December 15, 2020 2 pm PT
The Symmetry function in Garment Designer is a powerful feature to use when designing patterns. Susan will help you understand how to use symmetry effectively and creatively so that you can get the most out of this feature. You will learn the difference between Mirror and Give/Take symmetries, and the best approaches to use when designing. You will see Susan build multiple fashion garments using the Symmetry function to its fuller. By the end, you should feel more confident to use this incredible tool for both design and fit.

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