I’ve always wanted to create my own sewing patterns and printing them just makes more sense to me. Every so often, I browsed the internet looking for some way to do this digitally and, in February 2017, I found Valentina.

I had no idea that it had been in the process of being developed since about 2010!!!

I was so pleased to have found it, I immediately downloaded it and starting figuring out how it works. Within 12 hours, I’d drafted my first basic bodice block (without sleeves). By the end of the week, I’d added the sleeves and other alterations and facings, defined the layout and printed the pattern. And this, all while I was doing all my daily duties, like work.

This was all done by reading the helpful tips on the screen and asking questions on the very friendly and helpful forum.

I must admit that I have been teaching myself to operate programs for many years and have mastered a few graphic programs during a phase of doing digital scrapbooking, so Valentina wasn’t totally strange to me. And I’ve been sewing all my life, so this was a really nice find for me.

One thing that keeps on surprising me is that there is a tool that will do anything that you’d like to do and sometimes, there’s a choice between 2 tools – 1 that will do a more precise job than the other. I have written a number to tutorials about the tools while I was learning to use them and I remain amazed at the care, thought and knowledge that went into the creation of Valentina and that still goes in to improve it, daily.

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