to Dress Shop 8!
(for those that own any version of
Radically Improved Fit:
Every close-fit pattern in Dress Shop
has been extensively reworked to provide better fit and easier
construction. Pants patterns have been radically improved.
blouses, dresses, princess patterns, and all close-fit patterns are
all truer to charts and provide better fit than ever before.
Empire Wrap Blouses and Dresses
Raised Empire Blouses and Dresses
Midriff Panel Blouses
Ruffled or Flounced Blouses,
Dresses, and Loungewear
Peplum skirts, blouses and jackets.
Click here for full list and sample pix.
New Features and Options:
Instructions for every pattern.
Includes the upgrade
to Doll Shop Deluxe as well.
Includes the new Fall
Collection. 22 fashionable cool
weather patterns to add to your pattern library.
Click here for
photos and full description.
Dress Shop Ultimate Suite
When you want it all! Buy the Suite and pay only
for those items you do not already own. Sales price is
reduced automatically based on what you own. The Suite
Dress Shop Pro and all of
Doll Shop Deluxe
Sew Quick Collection
Fall, Winter, Spring and
Ultimate Lingerie and
(those not included in other collections)
The Complete Pants
Customizer Design Tool
Combined retail value is $1360. Take the lot and save
Click here to purchase.
(for those that already own any
version of Doll Shop Deluxe)
Livingsoft is announcing the first major overhaul and upgrade of
Doll Shop Deluxe. Major changes include:
- All doll charts reworked, rebalanced, and tuned to produce
better patterns. Several new doll charts added.
- All patterns in the extended pattern library now
draft properly with doll sizes.
- All options in the expanded
Dress Shop 8 option menus
now work with doll sizes.
- All settings in all option menus now work with doll
- All design tools now work with doll sizes.
- Full pattern instructions are now included for every
- User manual and help files have been updated for dolls.
- New, simplified measurement chart for dolls only was added
to make measuring easier than ever before.
For owners of both Dress Shop and Doll Deluxe upgrade
to Doll Deluxe is included with
the Dress Shop upgrade at no additional charge. One upgrade covers
There's much more. Come by the Doll Shop Deluxe page, learn more
and see the pix.
Q. Where did the Dress Shop
pattern menu go and why did it change?
A. Dress Shop has not been
upgraded in several years, largely because the pattern menus just
over-flowed. With over 700 patterns being created in code, as they were
selected from that in-program menu, the program just got slower and more
cumbersome with each new pattern added. With Dress Shop 8, we moved those
patterns into saved pattern files, stored on disk where Windows could keep
track of them for us. The program got faster and there are no longer any
limitations regarding adding more patterns.
Q. Where are the option buttons
and how have those changed?
A. As more options and more
design tools were added, the column of buttons at the left side of the
drafting window was getting too tall and crowded for many users' displays. We
moved the options and design tools into drop down menus from the top menu
bar. And, they were simplified so that only those options appropriate for a
given pattern are shown. All the usable options are there and then some.
Q. Do I need Dress Shop 8 if I
already have the latest MPD program?
A. While it is possible to
export your Dress Shop patterns to MPD and get a better fit that way, you
cannot get the pattern options that Dress Shop provided. The MPD menus are
just different. A typical MPD blouse pattern has 5 neckline options. So,
Dress Shop blouses get just 5 neckline options when you import them. With
Dress Shop 8 Pro, blouses can use any of 57 neckline choices. All of the
other option dialogs are similar. Dress Shop 8 provides both the enhanced
MPD fit as well as more options for
each of the specific Dress Shop patterns than MPD can provide when they are
Q. How can I tell if it is worth
upgrading from Standard to Pro?
A. When you
run Dress Shop 8 Standard, every dialog box will show you options that are
available with Pro. These are disabled and highlighted in red. You can see
them but not use them unless you upgrade to Pro. If you notice that a lot of
interesting features are highlighted, then you might wish to upgrade.