Dress Shop 9!
The Dress Shop 9 Upgrade is so full of new tools,
patterns and revised patterns I really don’t know where to start.
So I guess starting at the beginning would be best. We have been
reviewing older patterns for some time and began a slow and
deliberate review of them. Many were made a decade or more ago when
the technology was limited. We improved many things, added many new
features and the code kept changing on an annual basis; but, those
older patterns remained in limbo. It was time to clean them up and
It took months of work but 294 of these “core” or default patterns
were rebuilt- all with the same names so you don’t come up shy on
your pattern count. The rebuilt patterns follow the intent of the
original design lines but have the advantage of using the newer
tools, collars, fit levels, stretch factors and sleeve types that
have been developed since they were originally offered giving you
many hundreds of additional variations. The new options are just
“there” and available for you to use, expanding your pattern library
Next we created the DS9 Bonus collection, included FREE with your
upgrade! This exciting new collection includes 23 designer patterns
that show-case the newest Dress Shop features. This collection is not for
sale and is only available with a Dress Shop upgrade. The patterns
reflect new design elements and styles you haven’t seen before in
Dress Shop such as shirred patterns, Grecian necklines and some swim
suits that are more advanced than what was offered before. You can
Load patterns from this collection from File>Load Patterns>DS9
Complete pattern instructions and additional articles have been
added to the “How to” Library.
Dress Shop 9 also includes powerful new design tools to help you get
more of what you want from your Dress Shop pattern library.
The Swimwear Customizer - creates an incredible array of swimsuits
including one-piece, two-piece, bikini, Grecian, Tankini, swim
dress, skirtini and more.
Now you can pick the front and back neck style from over a dozen
classic selections from a Cami to Grecian or tube, and though we
have selected a default or starting depth – you get to adjust it to
your ideal placement.
You may also select the leg cut- from a full panty to a French
Hikini and the backside coverage as well.
The tool has everything on a single page. As you pass your cursor
over each selection you get to see a photo of what our terms mean
making your selection much easier. Just start on the left and work
towards the right to design a custom swim suit you know will fit!
To get started with this new design tool, click the "Tool Help"
button to read an article on how to use the
Collar Designer - with over 50 new collar types and settings to create
your own unique designs. All existing collars were completely revised and
enhanced. The new collars have an upper collar, under collar and
interfacing pieces, they have improved shape, form and design lines.
The fit has been greatly improved and notches have been added at
shoulder, and on the front bodice.
The over collar is designed to be cut on the fold, while the under
collar is designed to be cut 2 on the bias, and the interfacing is
minus the seam allowance to reduce bulk. So you have good grain
lines, notches and fit.
Further you can actually set the neck and collar seam allowances to
a smaller value than the rest of your garment. You don’t have to
stop and re-trim them.
Under File>Settings you can ‘always’ select a narrower neck/collar
allowance on all patterns, or you can set them under Options>
pattern settings on a pattern by pattern basis.
Grecian Halter Designer – Adds a new bodice style with tons of
options. All these tools have photo graphics to give you an
immediate visual aid to help you make your selection.
Add a Grecian Halter to blouses, dress, nightwear, or swim suits.
Adjust the Cup size for better fit and shaping.
And raise or lower
the back neck as desired. Tie the halter straps, or fasten with a
button and slight overlap. Wrap the front “cups” for more coverage
or expose as desired with a string style.
Ladies- I don’t care how
many years are on your calendar – no woman outgrows the desire to be
wrapped in a little silk now and then- think Nightgown in a silky
stretch lingerie fabric in the privacy of your own home!! (It can be
your little secret).
Shirring and Gathers Tool - turn any one-piece dress, two-piece
dress, blouse, skirt or nightgown from ordinary to stylish with this
This is an amazing tool - select where you want the
shirr, gather, ruching, how much you want to pleat out in total and
how many pleats you want click and show it. The pattern will adjust
automatically by adding that pleated out fabric dimension into your
pattern. Shirr just the front or front and back.
Now you are ready for a fabulous evening out or to make that fab
dress your young relative needs for a prom or bridal party.
Dress Shop 9 also adds Caftan Sleeves, Pleated Necks, and Draping Turtleneck
styles available now with most tops. Wander thru the new design
tools and options to learn more about these new features and how you
can use them in your own projects.
Click here to learn more:
through May 30!
$30 off your purchase of the Spring and Summer 2011
Collection if you have upgraded to Dress Shop 9 at the same time or earlier.
Click here to learn more
Spring and Summer Collection
The Spring and Summer 2011 Collection includes 32 unique custom patterns
made, tested, and repeatedly refined by our design team to support the
latest fashion trends of the season. This collection includes a number of
new features never before available in Dress Shop.