The idea of it! Put your measurements in, and it will draw up patterns that fit you perfectly. Choose from a veritable host of designs--including historical styles! Mix and match design elements. Create your own details and adjustments.
The price was never out of reach, but the uncertainty surrounding the program's true ease of use and quality of output made the investment unjustifiable.
Recently, I have been at such a point of frustration and disappointment with my sewing. Most knit garments turn out fine, but I was not happy with my fit skills when it came to wovens. I had tried and tried to learn to fit things, but I was never content with the outcome. I have to work in fits and starts because of work and family and other demands on my time. Maybe I never gave enough focused attention to learning the skill of fitting or maybe I never gave enough time to any one method.
I have looked at
- Joy Mahon's method on Craftsy and in her book. It makes intellectual sense, but I never really understood how to go from taking my measurements to adjusting the patterns.
- Pati Palmer and Marla Alto's Fit for Real People. I've spent the most time with this method and I just find it tedious.
- Nancy Zieman's pivot and slide method (Fitting Finesse). I have read this book but never tried the method. This is the one I think I will return to next.
- Drafting slopers from my measurements. I did this in a class with local sewing teacher Karen Day, who is awesome. The slopers fit well [update: used to!]...but I am not sure what to do with them! How do I use them to make the mountain of commercial patterns I own fit me? How do I turn the slopers into actual garments?
Well about a month and a half ago, I gave in and bought the program. I bought both the program for wovens and the program for knits. They were on sale and buying both was the same as the one when not on sale.
Thus began my Wild Ginger Wild Goose Chase.
Fit Garment: Mockup 1
Fit Garment: Mockup 2
Fit Garment: Mockup 3
Fit Garment: Mockup 4
Fit Garment: Mockup 4 x 2
Fit Garment: Mockup 5 for REALS
Frankly, I was very tired of sewing fit garments!!! Not only did I have to tape PDF pattern pieces together, cut out new pieces, trace all the markings, and sew the damn things together, I only had one zipper so every time I made a new mockup, I had to rip out the zipper from the previous one.
So I decided to proceed with making a dress. This I did in spite of a couple concerns. The fit dress is very tight under my arms. You can see the all the drag lines. I probably could have take more out of the back bodice length too. I asked the Wild Ginger support person and she said the fit dress was supposed to be tight and if the armhole on a garment was too tight I could do x or y.
I forget because at that point I wasn't paying attention. I bought this program because I was supposed to. be. able. to. type. in. my. measurements. and. have. it. draft. a. pattern. that. fit. me. perfectly. I wasn't supposed to have to tweak default settings, adjust my bra, and make up test armholes and then... what? I don't know. Anyway, I decided to take a chance and generate a real dress pattern using the mockup 5 settings.