It’s been ages!. Work has been so crazy lately that I barely have time to come here. Then there is also the fact that I’m currently looking for a physical location for TheQEffectz.
Yes! Sooner rather than later, TheQEffectz is going to have a registered location where you can come for all your physical training and many more.
But while all that is still in progress, I’ve been busy every 30 minutes before bedtime to create an electronic/digital sewing pattern for this skirt(see photo below)
Before I continue, let me quickly point out that an electronic/digital sewing pattern is not the same as a pattern-drafting tutorial for those that are not familiar with the terms.
While Digital/Electronic patterns or E-patterns as I like to call them, are patterns that are drafted using pattern drafting software and real life body measurements, which could be custom fit or standard fit body measurements, a Pattern-drafting tutorial is an explanation or demonstration with the use of images or graphic illustrations of how to create a pattern. Unlike the former, the latter can not be printed and placed on a fabric. It is merely an illustration.
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN A DIGITAL SEWING PATTERN & A PATTERN-DRAFTING TUTORIAL
|S/N||Electronic/Digital Patterns||Pattern-drafting tutorial|
|1||They are drafted using CAD softwares||Illustrations used in these tutorials are drafted by either hand or picture editing tools|
|2.||They are drafted using real life body mea-surements which could be standard body measurements or custom body measurements||They are drafted without specific body measurements.|
|3||They are real drafts that can be printed out, assembled and used on fabrics to create styles and designs||They are merely illustrations and guides. They can not be printed out and used on fabric|
|4||They come with instructions, guides and annotations to make using them possible||They do not come with instructions, only explanations and demonstrations on how they are created.|
So I hope you now understand the difference between the two so that you don’t get confused. The pattern that I will be sharing with you today is a pattern that you can print out, assemble and place on your fabric to cut.
Like I told us earlier, I recently came across a CAD program- Valentina or Seamly2D that makes drafting electronic pattern so easy….and I’ve been hooked ever since. I truly can not wait to share with you all that I have discovered about it in my forthcoming course called HOW TO DRAFT, ASSEMBLE AND USE DIGITAL SEWING PATTERNS.
The first three persons to sign up for the course will get a 50% discount. The course will be released September 30th, 2019
In the meantime, feel free to visit here to download the Wrap Pencil E-pattern from our online digital store in Size 6-18 (Misses) and in A4 format. Don’t forget to read the instructions below even if this is not the first time you are using electronic patterns.
ABOUT THEQEFFECTZ E-PATTERNS
Because this is literally the very first electronic pattern I am creating, here are a couple of things you need to know about these patterns
1..They are drafted using US Body Sizing Measurements for Women, specifically Misses( Size 6-18).
2. The following abbreviations where used as annotations in the E-patterns
- HA which means Hemming Allowance
- SA Which means Seam Allowance
- EA which means Ease Allowance
- ZA which means Zip allowance
3. Other relevant terms used in the patterns include
- Cut in fold- This means the pattern with this annotation must be placed on a fabric that has already been folded in equal halves
- Cut (1)or (2) etc – Means the pattern must be cut once or twice depending on the annotation
4. The pattern can only be printed in A4 format.
5. You will need the following tools to assemble the pattern
- A4 paper
- Sellotape preferably masking tape
INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO ASSEMBLE
Assembling a digital sewing pattern is like putting a puzzle together. You have to be the type that loves putting things together to enjoy the experience. If you are not the type, drafting the design from the scratch might be the ideal route for you. But using digital patterns has its advantages. It is the perfect way of cutting out designs on fabric if you are the type that really do not have the time to start drafting patterns from scratch. We all know how exhausting that can be.
So to assemble the pieces you first need to understand what “Grids” are. Grids are tabular display of items. Like when you slice pizza into squares and then try to rearrange them. Yeah! Once you understand how it works, assembling your pieces will be a piece of cake…..or rather in this case, a piece of pizza!
At the bottom of each page of TheQEffectz E-patterns are two relevant numbers- Page numbers and Grid Numbers. While the Grid Numbers are positioned at the left-hand corner of each page, the page numbers are positioned at the middle.
The page numbers helps you to determine the right sequence of the pages while the Grid numbers helps you to determine the right position of each page when putting your pattern pieces together. Thus, the Grid No is most essential
The Grid Number comprises of two numbers in a bracket. The first no represents the row while the second represents the column.
Using the image above as an example, Grid (3,2) therefore means, Page 10 needs to be in the third row of pages but on the second column.
Below is a video to elucidate further what I’m trying to explain.
Feel free to leave any questions you have.
So that’s it guys. I can’t wait to read your review about the E-pattern and don’t forget to tag me on Instagram or Facebook when you cut out your pattern on fabric and sew it up. I would really love to see your own wrap pencil skirt.
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