Lil fact about me: I graduated NYU with a computer science degree, specializing in Computer Graphics research (nothing to do with my career, lol). To sum up what that means: you know your fancy photo editors that somehow fix your pictures a click of a button, or did you ever notice how each successive Shrek movie looks closer and closer to real life? I was the one of the many techies that researched and wrote the programs to make that stuff happen. My final project while working under the guidance of Kenneth Perlin was writing simplified mathematical equations to render seashells. See this bit of computer code made this pretty picture.
Ok, I hope haven’t totally bored you by now, I promise you I will get to the sewing part. I loved graphics programming because the same reason I love crafting – taking virtually nothing or simple and making something awesome from it. More specifically, taking something in 2D (letters/fabric) and turning it in to something in 3D (graphics/clothing). If I would have pursued graphics as a career I was going to work on developing pattern-making algorithms for crocheting and sewing. Fortunately Bernina beat me to it. They developed a pattern making software package. You put in your measurements, pick your garment, fit the garment on the virtual model, pick a fabric, print and sew! I’ve been tinkering with the free Demo product trying to push it to the limits. So far it’s so good, for what its worth. I’m going to pick the t-shirt (the demo is only a skirt and t-shirt) and give it a go. If real life fitting is not required after digital fitting, I might be impressed. Unfortunately it has to get the back of the project queue (which is about 6 deep right now). If anyone has tried this out and makes something fab from it please shoot me a note. I’m oh so curious about the possibilities of this product. Also, they are having a sewing software challenge. Check a screen shot of the software below.
I love when technology and crafts unite....It gives me warm fuzzies :0)