PPC9- Sketch-a-Step


if there were to ask you which pattern designing task was the most tedious and time-consuming, you might choose the process of actually drafting the pattern pieces, or writing the instructions or even you might even guess that the process of making all the show samples was the most time-consuming. And you know what? You could probably make a good case for each one of those tasks, because they are all pretty time-consuming, but here’s the deal… those tasks really don’t FEEL all that time-consuming because from my perspective at least, they are rather enjoyable.

But since this particular task is also VERY time-consuming and since it’s usually the task I am MOST glad to be done with in each cycle, I would have to name “drawing the illustrations” as my most tedious task.

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BUT- in the interest of full disclosure, I would be remiss if I didn’t add that while still time-consuming, this task has become MUCH less grinding over the past year. That’s because in January of 2013 I upgraded my system from AutoCAD to CorelDRAW X6. Not by choice mind you! Believe me when I say that I am a creature of routine. When it comes to technology my motto is, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”, but even I could see that my Windows XP operating system and my 1998 version of AutoCAD was on it’s last legs, and once I realized that I’d have to enroll in engineering school to use the new version of AutoCAD, I had no choice but to try CorelDraw.

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Turns out… it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made fallen into!  🙂  CorelDraw had SO many more bells & whistles than AutoCAD and the best part was that it was relatively easy to learn on the fly, which was a good thing since I was in the midst of the run-up to the Guardian release and just didn’t have time for a long climb up a step learning curve! The best part was that there was an immediate improvement in the quality and clarity of my drawings.

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And here’s the interesting thing… with both pattern releases following the Guardian, I have discovered more new and terrific things that I can do with CorelDraw. For example, I’ve learned how to make lines of varying “weights” in the same picture, how to “pick” a particular component out of one picture and copy it to another, and also how to “flip” an image or a portion of an image to get a mirror-image.

WrapsodyBACK copyFor example, the image at left is the mirror-image of the picture featured in the box above, accomplished in less than 30 seconds with the “pick” tool. These tricks and several more have not only resulted in far superior drawings, but also in a significant amount of time saved. And since drawing these pictures is low on my list of enjoyable activities to begin with, any amount of time saved is bonus time for me!

Better drawings? accomplished in less time?

Sounds like a win-win for me!   🙂

So… Now it’s YOUR turn!

For those of you who have used some of our older patterns, have you been able to detect an improvement in our drawings in either the Guardian, the Cosmo Convertible or in the drawings represented here for the upcoming Wrapsody?

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11 Comments So Far, You're Next!

  1. Debbie Painter

    When is this cutie going to be released?

    • Oh I’m so glad youre excited about the new bag. We are anticipating an early July release at this time. 🙂

  2. It might be a pain to make the drawings, but they really make the instructions easier to understand. Truly. Glad they’re easier for you now.

  3. I can’t wait to get this pattern. I have fabric in mind for this purse.

  4. I don’t believe I’ve ever anticipated a pattern as much as this one; it’s exactly what I’ve been looking for in a purse– holds a lot of “necessities” while being a reasonable size. Where can I sign up for the list to put a pattern on reserve?

  5. I am certainly glad you have found something to make this awful task easier for you. And honestly all those pictures do make it so much easier to follow!! Can’t wait for the release of this purse. It seems perfect in every way.

  6. Can’t wait for your release it could be in time for my birthday Happy July

  7. It isn’t just the program – you have done a fantastic job drawing these diagrams! But yes, they do look spiffier here on the blog site. 🙂

  8. I don’t think I’d made any of your patterns until the Guardian and I think my pattern may have been one of the earlier ones. That being said, I was impressed by the pattern. Your pattern pieces were so nice and neat, your instructions detailed and clear, and the diagrams were actually helpful. Over the years, I’ve bought enough patterns that were anything but helpful so it was a delight to know there’s somebody out there who can make an excellent pattern! I personally think that writing clear, concise directions are hard. I had the opportunity to do some of that–both with my old job and the fact that I’ve been known to design things myself. You know what you want to say, you know what it’s supposed to look like but finding the right words and expressing yourself so others will understand the point you’re trying to make can be difficult!