Creating PDF Patterns: From Sketch to Sale is the first course available at Pattern Workshop and I cannot rave about it enough. In Lauren's words:
Have you dreamed of starting your own business designing downloadable sewing patterns? Do you have design ideas floating in your head – but no idea how to get them digitized, graded and ready for at-home printing? Or maybe you’ve already published a pattern or two, but you’d like to learn how to streamline your process and produce a better quality product.
For over a year I've clunked my way through digital pattern designing and though the resulting clothing has turned out well, the amount of time I've lost stuck to the computer I can never get back. I was just designing and grading my patterns for Bean so I cannot imagine the amount of time it would have taken if I were to have created a pattern with full sizing ranges using my "make it work" method.
Pattern Workshop's Creating PDF Patterns course is a game changer. As someone who is self taught, I know how difficult it can be to search for tips and tricks to speed up a process, but thankfully they are all assembled here in this course. Lauren's knowledge of Illustrator and the digital pattern design process is vast, but the success of this course lies in her rare ability to look completely comfortable in front of the camera while conveying that knowledge to you, the student. Immediately that puts you at ease and makes learning what could be a daunting subject (Illustrator can do EVERYTHING) so easy. The breakdown of the course into bite size chunks means that you can easily take a lesson and then practice those particular skills until you're ready to move on to the next "bite."
I love that during the course you can jump around to the lessons you're most interested in and I've found myself referring back to previous lessons already. This course is perfect for someone ready to take the leap into PDF pattern making, but even those of us with some knowledge already will find enough time-savers to make it must-have reference.
To celebrate the launch, you can take $10 off of the Creating PDF Patterns (*affiliate link) already reasonable price with the code launchparty10. The discount offer ends Sunday, March 23 at 11:59pm MST so you'll want to take advantage of it while you can. I can't wait to hear how everyone feels about this course.
Lauren granted me access to Pattern University so that I could try using Gimp (my digital drawing preference) instead of Illustrator for her course and provide a review. As soon as I have completed the course and assembled my notes I'll be happy to share what I find. So far I couldn't be more excited.