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pleased to announce a free pattern to all current Dress Shop owners.
For information about how to download and use the pattern, please see:
Princess Casuals and Comforts Released
Introducing our two latest add-on pattern sets:
Princess Casual Fit ($49) and Princess Comfort Fit ($49).
Princess patterns are among the most closely fitted
style lines in Dress Shop. While the vertical lines can provide a
slimming illusion, some wearers may not like the snug fit at the bust,
waist, ab and hips that come with this elegant line. The Princess
Casuals set was created to meet that need. While it includes the
slenderizing princess line with gentle shaping at the waist, it also has
more ease at the bust, waist, ab and hip so it is more comfortable, less
revealing, and does not spoil the slimming illusion by showing more than
you would wish.
The Princess Comfort fit patterns add a bit more
ease, to barely hint at waistline shaping. These patterns are shaped
for the larger woman who needs extra room for comfort.
Take a look at the patterns using the Preview
function in your Dress Shop 5 program, and see which fit is best for
you, casual or comfort. In DS5, go to File/Preview/Preview A Program,
and select either Dress Shop Princess Casuals or Dress Shop Princess
Comforts. Then you can pull down the Patterns menu and view the
specific patterns which are included in the new pattern collections.
Or go to
for more information on the new sets.
Dress Shop Tip of the Month
Shop offers several pre-programmed custom Fit Levels. Our Ease is not
determined by a simple number of inches for a close or loose fit. That
simply will not perform well enough to our standards. You will get your
fit and ease based on a percentage of YOUR body measurements. What is
Ease? Ease is the room given in a garment to change its design and be
comfortable. There are three types of ease in a garment silhouette:
Design Ease - to shape the actual design.
Wear Ease - is that extra little bit to make it
Collateral Ease - which allows the smoothing of join lines
at side seams so they sew together smoothly.
We have done the Math for you! The Default Ease is
the combined ease of all three factors to provide different fit levels.
QuickFit Sizes Get You Going Quickly
ribbing technique used in T/shorts set
I wanted to make a T-Shirt and Shorts set for my
grandson Quinn from a cute cotton knit print. It had snakes, frogs,
turtles, frogs and bugs on it. After experimenting with children’s
standard sizes and the QuickFit measurements standard adjustments
section of the program, I found an easy method for getting a measurement
set that would work for my grandson. All I needed was his height,
chest and waist!
Pattern Drafting 101
How sleeve caps work
The length of the sleeve cap curve depends on 3 separate
and independant factors:
1. Cap width. Comes from bicep width plus ease, but can also vary
somewhat based on bicep position and width of the base of the sleeve.
2. Cap height. Starts out just under actual armhole height, but is
allowed to be reduced to armhole measurement. Actual armhole height
varies by pattern type, and based on armhole ease.
3. Armscye length plus cap ease. Armscye length can vary based on
armhole depth measurement, armhole design ease, user supplied armhole
wear ease, actual back armhole depth (varies by Side Length), shoulder
width, bust width, bust ease, across chest, and across back
measurements. Whew. Long list. All of these can make the length of the
armscye curve vary. Once you have the actual front and back armscye
curve lengths, then we add cap ease to that.
I select Print this Page, I'm only getting one page. When I select Print
all Pages, I only get the first pattern piece. Where's the rest of my
Print this Page refers to the currently displayed “section” of
your pattern piece, not the pattern piece itself (bodice front, back,
etc) and will print only what is displaying on your screen. Print all
Pages will print out all pages (sections) of the currently displayed
pattern piece, not all pattern pieces of the garment. Once you have
printed all “sections” for the currently displayed pattern piece, select
Next Pattern Piece to display and print the remaining pattern pieces of
your selected garment.
Q: Why aren't the facing pieces showing up in the