Did you like my recent blogpost about the Duffle Coat pattern in Valentina? I hope, you did! Now let me introduce myself and tell you why I’m a “Valentina geek”.

My name is Yulia, I live in Minsk, Belarus and I’m a former investment banker upshifted to a bespoke tailor several years ago. I’m obsessed with sewing and currently release one to five garments every day (yes, every day). I work with individual customers (bespoke tailoring), with various designers (rtw and capsule collections), have some charity sewing projects and respond to a new challenge for me – pattern making and sewing lessons.

That’s why, paper-pencil-eraser is not for me (it is good for lesser volumes, but not for my workload). I might choose any pattermaking software, but stopped at Valentina in 2013 and since then have been enjoying using it for my business.

It is free and open-source, so I don’t have problems with the way I use it: I may freely create patterns, store them on my computer, sell or freely distribute them, share my patternmaking activity via Skype, Youtube, webinars, etc.

I can use any patternmaking system or method (Mueller&Son’s, Bunka’s, ESMOD, any them), I can even invent my own way of patternmaking feeding Valentina with any measurement, increment or formula.

Measurements… I can upload and store any measurement I want, link them with a customer, add comments on body peculiarities, etc, and they won’t be lost.

And the most useful: when I tackle with rtw garments of various sizes or similar type of clothes for different customers I need to create the exact pattern only once for one customer or for one size. And then everything I need is to feed measures of another customer or size to Valentina and it will create a new pattern based on the new data automatically (you see A-U-T-O-M-A-T-I-C-A-L-L-Y).

I will not describe all patternmaking ‘must-have’ features like generating layouts, adding grain indicator of pattern name, automated splitting of pattern layout for A4 tiles, friendly support and forum community, etc. Actually, I hardly can say what the latest version of Valentina is missing.

I’m here to promote Valentina to the professional society and if you are still looking a patternmaking software just stop, follow http://valentina-project.org , download and try Valentina. I guarantee, you will like it!