I’ve gotten impatient with drawing and redrawing patterns by hand. Â I’ve learned a lot while doing it, but I’m getting impatient with constantly tracing, cutting, pivoting, retracing, etc. Â I’ve also reached a point where I really want to be able to save each step along the way (for future reference) without drowning in a sea of previous-version paper patterns.
So I spent this morning studying the use of the pen tool in Adobe Illustrator. Â I really think this will work! Â So far I’ve just diddled around with drawing basic shapes, moving darts, and adding seam allowances. Â (I thought adding seam allowances would be really laborious, but it turns out to be a thirty-second maneuver using the copy/paste/resize functions.) Â My goal for tomorrow morning is to redraw the current coat pattern using Adobe Illustrator, and then reshape it according to Sharon’s directions.
The challenge, of course, is printing out a large pattern piece without having to overlap dozens of sheets of paper. Â Towards that, I’m picking up a large-format printer this morning from a surplus equipment store. Â (A small one – not one of the big behemoth plotters, thank goodness!) Â This particular model will do 13″ x 44″ panels (meant for printing large panorama photos). Â 13″ photo paper rolls turn out to be expensive, but! 12″ paper rolls are much, much cheaper. Â In fact I can get 1000 feet of white butcher paper for about $20. Â The print quality probably won’t be superb, but since I’m only printing black lines for cutting and marking, I think that should be just fine, and will save me from a LOT of taping and gluing. Â At $15 for the printer and $20 for the paper, it’s well worth the effort.
Meanwhile, feedback on the collar colors has been quite divided – about equal for each of the colors, believe it or not, though each forum I’ve asked has had a different consensus. Â So I think any of the three canÂ work, and it’s just a question of what “feel” I’m after – harmonious or dramatic. Â I’ll think about this more while weaving up the dark panels. Â I’ve knitted a few small blanks that I can use to sample, once I get the base color down.