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- Cyber School of On-line Learning
The on-going focus at www.cadterns.com is the CSOL
(Cyber School of On-line Learning). Here people can participate in
specific pattern-making lessons. These lessons are intended for
Recreational Fashion Designers™ aka home sewers, who wish to learn
more about: • Elements of Fashion • Principles of Design • Personal
Patternmaking A list of topics, times and formats will be available
by approximately January 15. If you are a RecFasDes and would like
to receive more information (with no obligation) please sign up
- Version 5
Computer Program Discontinued
As a result of changes in computer technology, the CADTERNS
Computer Program is no longer compatible with new Windows operating systems.
In November 2010, CADTERNS
made the reluctant decision to discontinue distribution of the
- New Discussion Group at Yahoo
A discussion group for CADTERNS
been set up at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/cadterns/.
It was set up and will be moderated by Cera Maugey of Toronto firstname.lastname@example.org. Congratulations and thanks to
Cera for not only having the idea but for acting upon it. This will be an
interesting place to share notes, inspirations, ideas and general networking with other
student and recreational fashion designers. Hats off to Cera and full speed ahead!
To celebrate this development, there is a special discount for anyone who places an order
from the new message board. For details, go to
and see the message entitled "Special Discount for Discussion Participants".
- Computer-Assisted Patternmaking for
If you enjoy sewing for recreational or
entrepreneurial purposes, this is the perfect opportunity to add personal
patternmaking to your range of skills and services. Using purchased patterns, you have
already been applying colour and texture, balance and proportion, plus other elements and
principles of design. This course can direct you toward new heights of creative
satisfaction and marketable services.
Learn how simple patternmaking really is! Use your own personal
Ready-to-Style slopers available from class to develop you own Signature
wardrobe. Start collecting pictures and illustrations for your Style File now, then
join us to learn how to turn pictures into patterns.
Watch for the listing in the Spring 2001 catalogue of Continuing Education courses on the
Richmond campus of Kwantlen University College.
(Enrolment is limited)
- Project-(or Story)-of-the-Year Contest Winner - WWCouture
board of Directors is pleased to announce the Winner
of our challenge for the "Best Project &-or Story of the Year for Year
2000". This may be the first but will undoubted no be the last that we hear of
Veluz and Renato Reyes. They will receive a dedicated, signed and witnessed certificate of
achievement bearing the special CADTERNS
seal to hang in their workplace. They will also be the
business presented as a model for small business and people with special occasion needs
"meeting" on the world-wide Web to experience the thrill of long distance
personal fashion. We also hope to hear more from them about Piña, the special pineapple
cloth fabric available in their little corner of the world.
Click here for a photograph of
the wedding dress
If you've ever planned a wedding you've probably
experienced some long distance complications. Picture this:
The bride is an American Navy Officer stationed in Japan.
Her Maid of Honour is in Chicago.
Her mother in Reno.
Her bridesmaid is in LA.
The bride wants to use very special fabrics cut to fit
personal measurements, but is unable to attend any fittings with the designer.
All of the gowns must have matching shoes, accessories and
Everything must be shipped to Las Vegas.
Doesn't this sound like the start of a good script for a
movie or stage play? Well, this isn't fiction, it's happening!
Designer Veluz Reyes, who designed and made her first wedding ensemble at age 16, brought
this very scenario to life. The two key factors in making it possible were:
- Conducting all communication via e-mail
- Using CADTERNS personal patternmaking system.
Veluz at this point is a Clothing Technologist, having
studied at the University of the Philippines. Along with her small company of six
employees and several special detail contractors, she begins the challenge of fulfilling
this bride's dream. At the computer, Veluz gathers measurements and other information by
The process begins by calculating CADTERNS slopers for each of the women needing gowns. They can
get slopers using only 4 measurements, but for the bride on this special day, they will
take several more.
After several weeks along with much inspiration and perspiration, the imagineering pays
off. Think of it - the bride's gown is made of elegant duchess satin, the bridesmaids'
gowns are an iridescent taffeta, and the mother of the bride's dress is organza cut in
strips and hand-woven into a
thatch. They look stunning!
Upon receiving the gowns, the bride was thrilled! All of the gowns and details were
wonderful. Guest comments regarding the gowns were all praises and admiration, many asking
where the gowns had been made. Who'd have guessed.?
"We have made other bridal and entourage gowns for overseas clients" says her
husband and business manager Renato Reyes. "It would not have been possible without
CADTERNS software and personal patternmaking system."
Veluz and Renato Reyes look forward to working with other overseas clients.
CADTERNS looks forward to facilitating more World Wide Couture.
Seeks Beta Tests
looking for current users who would like to participate as beta testers for the new
development of custom grading. This will add an exciting new dimension to personal
patternmaking, particularly for entrepreneurial use.
Custom grading will be developed and tested in CADTERNS
Pro, starting with
Womenswear. For more information, please leave your name and contact information at
the Other box, enter
Beta Test. You will be contacted with information specific to
If you currently use Lite, this a great time to upgrade. The current special is for the
upgrade from (Womenswear) Lite to
Pro Combo. This upgrade adds the Menswear City Set
of more tailored styles and the ability to work entirely at the computer using the
combination of CADTERNS
and a CAD program.
Neukam, J. and Sauer, J., "Pattern-Drafting
Software", Threads Magazine, April/May 2003.
"Is it fit, or is it fashion? Or a little
of both?" The authors check out eight programs, and provide the following comments on
Lite drafts custom-fit slopers, which can be used as the
basis for hand drafting custom designs
Purchasing specs * Windows 95 or higher*
Order CD by phone or e-mail * Can. $199 Also available: CADTERNS Pro: Can. $599 (exports
dxf files to AutoCAD or AutoSketch for extensive drafting)
Instructions * 73-pp. Manual * Cyber
School on-line learning, and discussion groups * support by e-mail and on-line.
Features * 4 to 12 measurements * 3
default ease choices that may be edited * Saves measurement sets * Satisfaction guarantee
* Free downloadable updates
Test Observations * For a classically
proportioned figure CADTERNS Lite drafts a sloper using only 4 personal measurements, but
it will draft for a more difficult-to-fit figure with additional measurements. In minutes
you can print out a sloper. By choosing among and editing the 3 ease settings, you can
draft a pattern with anywhere from a very loose to a very snug fit.
Bottom Line This simple sloper program,
marketed primarily to schools, impressed us with its fit (right on for all body types),
and even more so by how easy it was to use.
Online extra Youll find more comments from our
along with an explanation of how to choose the correct amount of ease in each program
Hemming Away Newsletter, Issue 33,
TO THE RESCUE...maybe (you too can) turn your
gown panic into bridal bliss with computer (personal) patternmaking"
Wohlers, Terry T.,
"AutoCAD at Work - Get me (and My Wedding Dress) to the Church on Time",
Applying AutoCAD - A Step-by-Step Approach, Glencoe/McGraw-Hill, 1996.
"When the customer asks for changes, the
sloper can be redone almost effortlessly
AutoCAD, customer satisfaction goes up and re-design problems go down."
- Bij de-Vaate, Jannette, "Creating a
Mini Wardrobe from Your Custom Slopers", Sew What's New The Canadian Sewing
and Craft Quarterly, D & L Publishing, Summer 1994.
an excellent starting point for
the novice patternmaker."
- Vonde, Dee Anne S., "Computer-Assisted
Drafting An Interview with Lauraline Gbnick", Journal of Home Economics
Education, Home Economics Council of The Alberta Teachers' Association, Feb. 1993.
"Custom slopers for any
female figure ranging from 4'1" to 6'8" with bust and hip measurements
ranging from 20" to 60" are individually calculated in seconds!"
- Jaquish, Barb, "CADTERNS
the Byte into Styling", Journal of Home Economics Education, Home Economics Council
of The Alberta Teachers' Association, Feb. 1993.
" Anyone who can style by hand can use
this program. It's that simple and very user friendly."
"I don't believe it. Even I can do this and I know nothing about computers!"
"Simple commands. Simple directions. Useable in the classroom."
- Henderson, Bill, et al, "CADTERNS
some first impressions of the software", View, Published by the British
Columbia Technology Education Association, Spring 1992.
slopers plus a CAD system, flat pattern design at the computer becomes a reality."
an excellent example of a parametric design software package."
"The program will have great appeal to the increasing numbers of females joining the
technology education programs."
very well documented"
"This is a great opportunity to integrate your CAD program with the textile
"It might be the software that will open your doors to a different group of students
and teachers, and further enhance your technology education
- Gbnick, Lauraline M., "Computer
Generated Custom Slopers Using AutoCAD and CADTERNS
", ACPTC Association of
College Professors of Textiles and Clothing Special Publication Number 2: Computer
Applications in Textiles and Clothing, Edited by Nancy J. Rabolt SFSU, 1990.
Laura Corbet, Recreational
Fashion Designer, 2010 :
“The Anatomy of a dart
Viewlet was extremely clear and of great help to me in visualizing how
darts can be moved around a bulge point (dart point)”.
Mary Boni, Kwantlen College,
"My class thought that
the software is very cool in terms of how it can quickly create a
made-to-measure block, which for them is the hardest part of pattern
Thank you for your interest. I am
delighted with the CADTERNS
software. I use it to make slopers for my dressmaking
clients. I have saved hours and hours already! I haven't run into any
situations where I ask myself "can't it do this?" I just love it.
Should I think of any points that you may find of interest, I will be sure to let you
know. Please keep me informed with any future updates or new stuff!
I really enjoy my dressmaking, which has now
become far more interesting since the CADTERNS
program has helped me attain a more
accurate fit. The CADTERNS
program is the very thing that I have been seeking for a few
THREADS Magazine Editors, Judith Neukam and Jennifer
Sauer in the April/May 2003 edition of "Threads Magazine"
Page 43: "
Interestingly, we found no correlation
between the number of measurements required and the success of the fit
Page 46 "
This simple sloper program, marketed
primarily to schools, impressed us with its fit (right on for all body types), and even
more so by how easy it was to use."
- Take It from Us
"Originally I thought
CADTERNS was just for educational institutions and wouldnt really compare to other software packages that were more complex. But I really changed my tune.
CADTERNS is a
great little program thats so simple to use just enter a few measurements and
Judith Neukam: "I was very impressed with
the fit CADTERNS produced. It was right on for every body type we tested
Cera Maugey, Toronto, Ontario:
"My name is Cera Maugey. I like my
own style, but could never find "my style" in stores and clothing shops.
After years of being frustrated and annoyed that I have to wear what was out there, I
thought to myself, "What if I tried making my own clothes
" and the journey
I started sewing from patterns initially. Once again there was nothing in my style,
so I did some investigation. I found a patternmaking service in eastern Canada who
were good, but as soon as I began sending them pictures to draft from, they began charging
very high prices. I then finally decided to learn how to draft patterns for myself.
I found a well-known and highly recommended pattern-drafting program and used that for a
while. Soon I realized that it wasnt for me. It was truly for the home
sewer who wanted to simply enter her measurements for a selection of their built-in
styles. The program drafts a personal pattern for the style selected then the user
cuts and sews.
There was still something missing, something that I couldnt define. Finally I
, and here is just what I needed - pattern drafting for serious
Presently, I draft patterns from 1930s styles and designs (I love this period of
style). I use CADTERNS
slopers and have been very successful with fit and design. I
am also a machine knitter and sometimes co-ordinate my sewing and knitting projects.
My eventual goal is to design Indian style garments, my traditional dress. I would
like to take our very traditional styles and fabric and perhaps mix and match them with
Western fabrics, but keeping to traditional lines and silhouettes.
is a great program for the serious drafter or home sewer who wants
to go beyond and expand their capabilities. I would really like to see CADTERNS
become a very successful software that is widely used. I am happy to be using and
supporting this program."
"... terrific! I already know flat
patternmaking and draping, what this will do is take my skills to another level."
"Love your program. Just for kicks I
entered measurements for my (very tiny) 10 year old and ... was totally floored!!!
...couldn't ask for a better pair of fitting pants. Thank you very much!!!!"
Sandra Blumenfeld, Sewing Express:
"I design clothing for a large catalog
and this year I had the pleasure of using your slopers as the basis of my designs, and for
the first time very little if any changes were needed for fit!"
Fred Wyatt, "Wyatt House",
"After having recently purchased my CADTERNS
program, I find that I can't get along without it."
"It's about time that someone developed a
program like this. I've been looking for something like this for years."
"I love it"
I can see now it's really saving me money...
It's available so immediately. It's so easy to use."
excellent example of a parametric design software package. The users enter their own
measurements, from which a full size flat pattern can be plotted out. The software
has a skirt, pant, bodice and sheath sloper available. The program will have great
appeal to the increasing numbers of females joining the technology education
is a software package you and your textile specialist should take a
closer look at!"
"We've been printing patterns like mad.
Our first projects have been completed by students and their comments are only
positive. Basically, they are very impressed with the fit they are able to