Measurement sets are the most important component to Patternmaker Pro. The drafting process requires measurements in order to work at all.

In order to achieve fit, you have to have an accurate set of measurements to start with. Measuring any three dimensional form has it's own set of challenges and the human body is no exception. Even though it's not easy, accurate measurements are important and worth the investment of time.

What Measurements Are Required?

Patternmaker Pro patterns all require some measurements. For example, height is required on every single draft. Children's patterns require the least amount and a conforming adult pattern with a bust will require the most. If you have the opportunity to take all measurements, please do so. It will make everything much easier for you as you draft patterns in the future.

If you are strapped for time and you just want to do one pattern quickly, Patternmaker Pro will tell you what measurements are required. Create a measurement set, but don't put any measurements in it. Go to the catalog and choose a garment and the measurement set. Patternmaker Pro will compare the pattern drafting requirements with measurements existing in the set. If they are missing, it will display a list. 

A new Edit button will appear at the top of the missing measurement list. Select this button and the program will take you to the measurement set list allowing you to fill in those missing measurements.

Simplify the Process

It can take a bit of time to take a complete measurement set. I know, it sounds like a lot of work, but I'm going to make it as easy as possible for you to do.

With only a few supplies and a little time, you can get all the measurements you need for reference. The first time through it may seem confusing, but you'll quickly get the hang of it. 

There are a couple resources that I've created to help you. First, your Patternmaker Pro account has a place for you to enter all the measurements. Each one has a description and an image to help you. 

Secondly, the rest of this chapter explains everything you need to know. Using these resources, you'll have no problems at all.