Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Introduction to PolyPattern

I can't believe it has taken me this long to create the intro video for PolyPattern. I have created about a half dozen videos on grading in the software, but I haven't made those live yet. For those interested in PolyPattern Design, take a gander at the interface. I realize that my new computer screen is a little big, so the next video I will zoom in a bit.

If you are intrigued, check out the software details on our website. Download the demo version under Books & Downloads.

Monday, December 5, 2016

This post is to remind me in the future

What better way to remind myself of how I did something than to write a blog post about it. Actually, other people might find it useful too.

I recently got a new desktop with Windows 10. I have been working on laptops for the past 15 years and forgot how nice it is to have a desktop. I have to remind myself not to slam the screen down on the desk at the end of the day like you do to a laptop. That could just be disasterous.

Anyway, I am using this old plotter and as I searched for a solution to do this, I learned my printer is "obsolete". All recommendations were to get rid of the printer and get a new one. That is the biggest problem with society these days. Instead of fixing something, people just throw it away for something new.

Well this old HP DesignJet 700 Plotter prints and still works. The problem is that my new Windows machine doesn't recognize the driver and won't install it. No solutions out in the ether either. I found work arounds when I had Windows 7 on my laptops, then Windows 8 happened, then Windows 10. The computers it was previously installed on still printed on my "obsolete" printer.

Any by the way, if it works, it is not obsolete! It prints out my patterns perfectly. I bought the plotter for $100 on Craigslist. We replaced the belt and had to clean the print heads, but this thing has worked for me for the last 3 years and its still running. For a new printer, I'd be spending at least $1000, and I really don't want to spend that.

Ok, my work around to get it installed on my new Windows 10 desktop. We originally set up the printer as a network printer with its own IP address. That I don't know what we did. You'd have to have my husband about that. On one of my laptops, I booted it up and turned on printer sharing. On my desktop, I opened up the control panel and select to add a printer. I first connected to the network printer through the laptop. I had to enter in the password for the laptop to get it, but it installed all the drivers to print through it. I even tested a page and it printed.

First thing was done. I then thought that what if I install another HP printer with some listed driver, then named it my HP DesignJet 700. Once I created this printer, I opened up the Printer Settings and went to the Advanced tab, under the drivers, there was a dropdown list of the installed printer drivers and then I selected the one for my DesignJet. Voila, the printer is officially installed.

I removed the original shared printer and now I have a working "obsolete" printer working with my Windows 10 desktop.


Sorry to all my regular readers that this was super boring, but its a good way to remember what I did.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Bringing my Bear Back to Life

I have this awesome big stuffed bear. I've had him my whole life. He has traveled to NYC, San Francisco, Los Angeles and now resides with me out in the mountains. I've loved this bear. I used to dress him in my clothes as a kid.

I played with him so much that he starting falling apart when I was about 10. That's when I started fixing him. I stitched up all his holes over the years with all sorts of colored thread. I even resorted to gluing the stitches together when the thread didn't hold.

He has been through so much with me, and now its my daughter's turn to be his friend. She has been wanting to play with him, but he sprung another hole recently and had to do a quick fix with duct tape.

My my daughter's 4th birthday, I decided I wanted to fix him. I took him all apart, re-sewed him and restuffed him. They are kind of long videos except for the last one and I didn't have a good angle on the camera, so you can't see everything, but I published it anyway. My daughter is fascinated in watching my videos of making things for her.

Happy birthday my baby girl!

Altering your Bra Pattern for a Different Size Wire

I worked on this little video after I had a few questions regarding using a different wire size with my bra pattern. This one is specifically for changing the wire size, but not the wire type. I will work on a different video for changing the wire type.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Bra Sewing Tutorials - New Design Release

Happy Black Friday everyone! I spent most of Tuesday filming this video set and finally finished editing it down this morning. This series features my lovely daughter as a contributor and as a distraction. Its appropriate since we spend the holidays with family.

The sewing tutorial can be used for many bra patterns. This specific set is my new pattern release called California Dreaming. The size range is for 32F through 44J. I might be able to add a 46 range once I receive my new wires, but currently there aren't vertical wires for that range.

Here is your shopping list:

Cup and front band fabric - nonstretch preferred, you can use bra lining fabric or a stable fusible tricot or woven to help stablilize it.

Back band fabric - powermesh or lycra. If it doesn't stretch much, cut your band a little longer and adjust for fit before finishing the bra. If it stretches a lot, make sure to check fit before making your finishing touches.

Seam Tape - I use "Seams Great", but you could also use strips of soft tricot cut at 1/2" wide.

Wire - designed for verticals. This bra design is really for more projection and the vertical wires work better for that. I'll be posting modifications for using a regular wire or my coming soon flat wires.

Waist band strapping - about 1 yard needed. I use a 3/4" plush strap elastic for this.

Elastic for neckline - about 1/2 yard needed. I use foldover elastic for this.

Elastic for back neck/band - about a yard needed. I use a 3/8" plush strap elastic for this.

Hook & Eye Closure - 3 row

Straps - You need about 1 1/2 yards of strap elastic. I use 1" and cut them at 24" long each so I can adjust the fit as needed.

Hardware - I used matching 1" rings and slides.

You can play around with the supplies for construction, but these are what I used. Make sure to subscribe to my YouTube Channel.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thanksgiving Sale!

I felt a little left out with all the Thanksgiving sales so I decided to have one of my own. All our digital products, including patterns and books are all 50% off until this Sunday. That's my Thanksgiving gift to you. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Post You Have Been Waiting For

I finally was able to finish the drafting for the bra sloper. Its in 4 parts. It gets pretty mathematical, so be forewarned.

Enjoy. Coming soon will be pattern alterations.