I am working on a new project: a sleeveless jacket/vest, quilted with freemotion style patterns. Here's the step by step so far.
1. Take your favorite jacket/vest pattern and place it on a cutting board, or anything else with a grid showing. Place a ruler plus measurement tape straight on the pattern (this will be your reference/resizing help line)
2. Make a photo of it and be sure that the grid measurements are showing. Pattern must be straight on the board, photo must be taken in a straight angle, so that the measurements are not skewed or distorted.
3. Open the photo as a Backdrop in Art and Stitch. Draw a straight line over the ruler in the photo, for example from zero to 11.5. Select and Resize that straight line in Properties Panel > tab Transform, so that it becomes the actual size the ruler is showing (in this example I used 11.5). Before hitting Apply look at the percentage of this resizing.
Select the Backdrop by clicking on the Backdrop tool in the Artwork toolbar and resize it by the same percentage (Properties > Transform). Now the background image is the actual size. Make it a little lighter - is easier to trace.
4. Take the Line or Curve tool and trace the pattern piece. Save. I also saved it via menu Tools > Save Custom Shape in my own folder. That way I can make tons of jackets using this "Custom Shape".
Repeat for all pattern pieces.
5. Open a new design page and open the first pattern piece. Start filling with designs! I started by putting some feather designs (from the Custom Shapes Library > folder Judy Allen Feathers) at the edges of the pattern.
6. I opened a photo of my own freemotion work as a backdrop. I am going to trace and draw my freemotion patterns inside my vest pattern and let the computer stitch it for me. That way I am sure that the stitchout is perfect and it will still be my very own freemotion design :)
Your ideas, tips and help how to get my jacket perfect are more than welcome !
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