In this course, Creating PDF Patterns: From Sketch to Sale, you will learn:
- Where to get inspiration for your sewing pattern designs
- How to get your ideas onto paper
- The best way to digitize your existing paper patterns using Adobe Illustrator
- How to create pattern blocks directly in Illustrator
- How to modify pattern blocks (a.k.a. “digital slash & spread”)
- How to create size charts for a great fit
- How to grade your patterns into smaller and larger sizes
- How to create actions to speed the block-making and grading processes
- How to tile your pattern pieces for at-home printing
- How to quickly add seam allowances using actions
- How to lay out your pattern in Adobe InDesign*
- How to survive the testing process
- How and where to sell your patterns
- How to market your patterns
- How to set up an affiliate program for your patterns
- And more!
Included in the course are videos, downloadable templates, printable checklists and many other helpful resources to help you start your business. There is no time limit on completion of the course – you will have lifetime access in case you need to review any sections!
The examples in the course utilize the text Metric Pattern Cutting for Children’s Wear and Babywear by Winifred Aldrich (but they apply to pattern creation for anyone – women, men, children). The text is not required; however, you should note that the course does NOT give formulas for creating pattern blocks; it does, however, teach you how to create them digitally. You will either need to understand the basics of pattern drafting on paper already OR obtain any book that instructs you how to do this. There are also plenty of free online tutorials that show you how to create pattern blocks.
Due to the nature of this product, there are NO refunds. The course utilizes Adobe Illustrator and InDesign CC (Creative Cloud). You may download a free, 30-day trial of these programs upon commencement of your course if you don’t already have access to them. The course materials apply to Adobe versions CS4 and later. I cannot guarantee the course materials will apply to prior versions. The course is currently being tested for compatibility with Gimp. So far, testers have said most of the course is compatible. I will add more information here as it becomes available.
*The two lessons on InDesign will be added by April 4.