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  1. It's really nice to work with other corset makers. Scarlett Sapsford from Scarlett corset making recently contacted me with a sketch she had drawn of a corset design and I managed to interpret it 'digitally', that is, turn her 3D picture into a 2D flat pattern. I can look at the dimensions in space and approximate it in CAD. It helps that I now have a large library of designs (about 24 to date) that I can draw similarities from. There is some tweaking of course - Scarlett made up two iterations of toiles before she was happy, but it's a great way to design and illustrates the beauty of patterning in CAD - fast, efficient, and effective.

    If you would like to work with me or have existing paper or PDF designs that you would like amended or graded, please get in touch. A rough idea of fees is below;

    Cost at £27.50 per hour    
    Item Approx time Cost
      taken (mins)  
    Developing a new pattern    
    Develop a draft pattern in one size (e.g. UK 12) from initial designers' sketch and ideas* 240 110
    Tweak draft 1 subsequent to mock up (designer creates toile) - draft 2 60 27.5
    Tweak draft 2 subsequent to amended mock up 30 13.75
      sub total: 151.25
    Scanning an existing pattern into AutoCAD for manipulation and grading    
    Tracing from a jpg or pdf - (6 panels) into CAD software 20 9.17
    Scaling and amending trace to one standard measurement (e.g. UK 12) 60 27.50
      sub total: 36.67
    Grading the pattern    
    Grading the pattern -20 mins per size for a 6 panel corset (one side)    
    - grading the pattern - 6 extra sizes 120 55.00
    - adding nomenclature/ text etc. to pattern 15 6.88
      sub total: 61.88
    PDFing the pattern for commerical use    
    Setting up the template/ associating colours / pattern placement and conversion to PDF 25 11.46
      sub total: 11.46
    * this depends on complexity - quote assumes a simple overbust design