CUSTOM PATTERN MAKER - Chapter VI - pg 33
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  A QUICK OUTLINE OF THE BASIC BLOCK DRAFTING PROCESS

I.   OPEN the basic drawing Template Sew1.

II.   Use SAVE AS to make a file for your new drawing.

III.   Pop down the PATTERNS menu.

IV.   SELECT the pattern you want from the PATTERN MENU.  (If you choose 1SEXBOD, PANTS or SKIRT, you  will go to those fly-out menus.  To engage the pattern command you will need to SELECT FRONT or BACK.)

V.   A "slide" will appear on the screen.  In the command prompt area the computer will be asking for measurements.  TYPE in the measurements and ENTER (or simply ENTER to use the default measurement that appears in brackets).
The computer will accept measurements in decimal or fraction (example: .135 or 2-3/4).  It is O.K. to mix the two methods up, using whatever is faster, within a set of measurements for a pattern.
The command prompt tells you when ease will be added to a measurement by saying (e=.75 or such).  If you want less ease. subtract the appropriate amount from the measurement you ENTER.  
You cannot go back and change a measurement after you have ENTERed.  You will have to TYPE ESCape to cancel the command and then start over. (Oh, come on, it’s still a lot faster than doing it in real time and real space the long hard way.)

VI. When you have ENTERed the last measurement, the computer will say:
        Placement of lower left corner:
SELECT the point on the screen where ever you want the lower left hand corner of the pattern to be by placing the cross-hairs and clicking the SELECT button.  (The sleeve placement is from the center cross-point of the center and the bottom of the arm hole.)
You will see the computer draw the pattern on the screen, complete with blue drafting lines and yellow dimension lines.

VII. Label the pattern pieces appropriately using DTEXT (TEXT SUBMENU, under the DRAW MENU).  It is recommended that you first choose the SIMPLEX font under STYLES under the TEXT SUBMENU.

VIII. If you want matching or marking indications, you will find those under one of the SYMBOLS sub-menus.  These are a "drawing blocks" to be that are "inserted" into your drawing.  Some allow you to drag them to a larger size and some allow you to rotate them into place.  If you click ENTER at the ANGLE option, the STRAIGHT GRAIN and the FOLD LINE will come out placed correctly as the pattern is drawn on the screen.  If you want bias, TYPE 45 (as in degrees) and ENTER.


•    Turn off or delete the drafting lines using the commands found under the OPTIONS MENU, DRAFTING LINES SUBMENU.

IX. If you want to use the basic block as a pattern, use OFFSET under the DRAW MENU to draw the seam allowances. (If you want uneven seam allowance, OFFSET for each width and then draw extension lines, using the SNAPTO sub-functions, from the narrower width to the wider width.  Use those lines as TRIM lines and use TRIM under the MODIFY MENU to TRIM away the unwanted seam allowance.)

Detailed instructions follow here: