UPDATE: This class is available on Udemy now.
Marvelous Designer Class
I just released a new class called Learn Marvelous Designer. This is the big, full-length class that I’ve been promising. It is geared to new and intermediate users. It is a special format that allows you to work with me throughout the process. I think this is going to be a great way for you to learn the software.
Most of the classes that are available on MD are either ridiculously expensive or taught by people that really don’t have the necessary expertise.
I think the price is very reasonable considering all the content. I had several people contact me asking when this class would be available, so I know it is in high demand.
Working for a Paris Fashion Designer
The class got sidetracked for about a week because I had a very special opportunity. I was contacted by a fashion house in Paris. They are thinking about creating digital editions of the garments as prototypes instead of the traditional methods. They currently create made-to-measure garments, but they want to get into mass production.
Currently, designers create a specification sheet showing their design with fabrics and accessories. Then a patternmaker creates the necessary patterns. The pattern is sewn up and fitted. The designer then reviews it and makes any changes. The patterns are modified and the garment is re-sewn. This process continues until the designer is happy with the garment.
They wanted to do one garment as a test to see if this is practical. I used my PatternMaker PRO patterns as my starting basis and created the dress. We went back and forth until she was satisfied with the length and drape. Then I took it over to Blender to finish the work.
There were gems sewn all around the neckline, so I had to figure out a way to do that in Blender. It was quite the challenge, but the results were stunning. I with I could show it to you, but I can’t.
The reason I am telling you this is because this type of work is becoming much more common. I have been contacted many times by people who want to create digital fashion for catalogs or virtual try-on. This is going to become quite an industry for those people who are knowledgeable about patterns and garments in the real world and virtual one.
Opportunities in Marvelous Designer just keep popping up. Sansar, fashion designers, game designers and graphic designers are all adding to the demand for skilled MD users.
Get Rid of Unwanted Reference Lines in MD
I heard back from MD on an issue that I reported. This is something that has bothered a lot of users, so I thought I’d share it with you today. When you do an offset line or merge, MD puts in these reference lines.
The weird thing is that you often can’t see them in the 3d window until you save and reopen the project. Then they show up in your snapshots and animation and look just awful.
Now you can get rid of them. Select the Trace tool, select the line and delete it. It’s really simple, once you know that it can be cone.
PatternMaker PRO and MD
The last thing I wanted to mention was PatternMaker PRO. The software got a mention in 3d world magazine issue 228. A reviewer was talking about the newest version of MD, specifically the configurator. They suggested that MD got that idea from PMP. I have to admit that I thought the same thing when I saw it.
As they say “ imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” I’m just going to take it as a compliment that MD used the PMP model.
We are going to be changing PatternMaker PRO very soon and it won’t be charged on a subscription basis any more. We’re still working out the details, but it will tie in with the new MD configurator in some ways.
I’ll let you know what the changes are and how it works. Those of you haven’t used the program in the past may be more interested with this new functionality.