Fitography® Pattern Fitter Software
Your purchase of the Pattern Fitter software will earn you 30 Pattern Points that can be redeemed for $30 worth of free patterns. (Points won't be available until after you complete the Pattern Fitter transaction.)
Be sure to add the USER GUIDE: Click here to download the User Guide which includes software installation directions and all other necessary instructions.
The Fitography® Pattern Fitter software allows you to create your body outline, try on styles for free and purchase customized Fitography patterns that fit you perfectly.
Pattern Fitter System Requirements: Microsoft® Windows 10*, Windows 8*, Windows 7, Windows Vista**, Windows XP** - 1GB RAM
* Pattern Fitter is designed for desktops or laptops that meet the indicated system requirements. At the present time Windows RT technology for use on tablets is not supported.
** Pattern Fitter should run on XP and Vista platforms; however, these platforms are no longer being officially supported.
Recommended: Your experience with Pattern Fitter will be greatly enhanced with a newer generation, higher speed CPU, 4+ GB RAM, and larger display resolution and graphics support.
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I was very excited to learn about Sew Fitography, then initially disappointed that there wasn't a Mac version. Since I use Parallels (Windows RTE for Mac) for a few other applications, I decided to try to get it running anyway. I'm happy to report that it's a complete success! I have the software up and running, and I've made several garments which fit me perfectly! I do have a few tips if you are interested in using it on a Mac as I am:
1. Be sure to start Parallels then Sew Fitography - if I tried to start it by clicking on my Mac icon like I do with Quicken, I had some issues, but once I sorted that out they went away.
2. Do your file handling (pictures, patterns, etc) through the Windows interface as much as you can. If I moved files with Finder through the Mac interface, sometimes they didn't appear, but as long as I used Windows Explorer, that problem went away.
I will say that I am a pretty technology minded person, and was already using Parallels for other reasons. If you don't feel confident loading an alternate RTE or switching between them, this may not be the solution for you. However, if you are already confident/familiar with how this tools work, go for it! You will not be disappointed!
I've looked at this software of and on for a while. I've tried quite a few other software packages over the years and have been less than impressed. Given the price I thought that if I could just get a good printable fashion croquis I would be happy. Oh my not only did the croquis look great but the patterns are awesome. The app works great! I have a mac computer and my husband put VMware running Windows 10 on it. I've not had a single issue with the software. The croquis the software made really looked like me. It has been fun to "try" on clothes in the program. I used my 2 credits to purchase a Sophie shirt and Chloe pants pattern. The Chloe pants pattern fit amazing and looked really nice. I'm excited to be able to have patterns that fit me without lots and lots of muslins, fittings, and work.
I love as far as I got , the clothes for fitting my finished profile
I've noticed some negative reviews of this app, many pointing out that the app is still pretty unrefined and I don't disagree, but I think for the $30 plus two free patterns, it's a very good value. I'm still learning my way around and I'm not 100% happy with my results, yet, but they are still far closer than what I've gotten with commercial patterns and Bootstrap. If either of those other options work well for you, then this may not be a good choice but if you have a hard-to-fit body this is a great way to learn more about how you are shaped and with a little time, I think you can get good results.
Things I like:
Add as many outlines as you like and make as many versions of each pattern as you like
The axial symmetry feature ensures the inconsistencies in your set-up are evened out
There is plenty of documentation and the patterns are clear and comprehensively written
$30 for the app and two patterns is an excellent value
Things that could be improved:
Your measurements are not saved as part of the step where you set all the points for the outline, meaning you have to keep notes if you ever want to go back and adjust your outline
It would be great to be able to lock certain guides and points as you work so you don't move the wrong item
I wish you could indicate hem circumference and waist height for each pattern. Adjusting a yoke, pockets and waistband of jeans to lower a waistband is a drag. I "tricked" the app by making a second version with the waist set lower in the outline (see version 2 image)
When making the outline I would love to be able to select a point and nudge it with the arrow keys
Would like to be able to set custom page sizes to allow for print-shop output
I'm running out of characters and could say a lot more but I'll just say that I have no regrets about my purchase and am looking forward to seeing what patterns and updates are offered next.
I was really interested in this concept of creating a computer model of my own figure. So I was very excited to get started.
My biggest struggle was to actually take pictures. A camera with a remote control, or a camera with a time lapse function would really have helped. Now I ended up running back and forth between the camera and the photo position. Not ideal, as you have to stand at the exact same position for every picture.
Drawing al the reference lines on my body was simple. With a hand mirror and a normal dressing mirror it is easy to see al the markings on the back of your body.
Installing the program was straightforward, and adding the pictures to the program was also very easy. The computer program works, but it could be a bit more user friendly. For example, you have to mark the height of your head, your shoulder, bust and waist in four photos. To get an accurate location, I needed to zoom, but the name of the line was only visible on the far left, so this meant a lot of scrolling back and forth. Making the outline is relatively simple if you have some experience with working with computers. Be prepared though, the photos can be confronting, as they show your exact shape, including lumps, bumps and other imperfections that are normaly hidden underneath your clothes.
I am really looking forward to using the software to make patterns. I just started downloading the drawings of the various patterns to " try them on" on my computer model. Downloading the drawings could also be a bit more user friendly. Now you have to "purchare" them individually for free via the webshop. This means multiple mouse clicks per pattern drawing. An option to download all pattern drawing at once would be really practical.
I am really enthousiastic, my computer double really does look like me!!! I added pictures of me wearing jeans and a knit shirt, "my computer double" , and " my computer double" wearing the same clothes. You see, they all have the same proportion/shap...
Fitography is a great tool for people like me who have always been overwhelmed by fitting and never know where to start altering patterns. So far I have completed one pattern, the Jayla Jeans (modified to bootcut, pictured) and have two more in progress.
Taking the photos was probably the most tedious part for me, and they are key to getting Fitography to work. I managed to place all my markings on my own with the help of a pair of mirrors. Setting up the camera and taking good pictures with the correct posture for each of the 8 views involved some trial and error, but the instructions are very clear as to what is required.
Creating the outline is not as difficult as it seems. While the interface of the tool looks a bit dated and is not the most intuitive, the instructions are very detailed and if you follow them carefully, creating the outline is pretty straightforward. I was a bit confused when it came to print my first pattern as there are many different options, but after printing a couple of patterns it has become very easy. I really appreciate the possibility of saving paper by optimising the layout of the pattern pieces (as opposed to most pdf patterns).
The instructions that come with the patterns are clear and well illustrated, and would be suitable for a beginner sewist. I particularly appreciate the detailed description of the fit adjustments included for each individual pattern (ease, seam movement), which allow you to adjust for different fabrics and personal preference.
Finally, customer support is the best ever! I've asked countless questions by email which have always been answered very quickly and in great detail. There clearly is a very extensive knowledge of fitting behind this tool.
Conclusion: a great tool, worth the initial effort, all that's missing for me are some Marfy-esque designs!
The idea is great and worthy.
I tried the software on a Windows NT laptop
After some tries with different markings, I settled with thin strips of photographic black tape. The photographic advices are not very clever : distance related to height does not matter, and who have such larges rooms ? Angle is what matters, and angle is related to focal. I am short, and a 60 mm in a not-so-big room was perfect without distorsion. Not a problem to me but may be for others. What was really a bad advice for taking the shot was "use maximum resolution". I did. The pictures are not what I consider huge, but still 16 MPixels.
And there we are : once the shots taken and imported, I comfront to the user interface.
I rate it poor, obfuscated and unclear with no text labels appearing when you float the mouse on old style icons (some totally meaningless), just try. and see what happens. Look like student work, at best a beta version not like a finished product.
As I can see, ther is no complete extensive "user manual" but online documentation ( I downloaded it to be able to use the thing offline, having slow access).
This took some times, too...The interface is modal, that is generally considered bad design by common good pratice.
And then my limited stock of patience already running low, I tried to create my custom profile and geeeeeeee...Constant flickering and refresh of screen make impossible to trace points. Par of my former job was to test software. I was paid for that, not the other way around. Diagnose very poor memory management, and probable not use at all of normal screen routines management. My "maximum résolution pictures" are way to big for this. And on this laptop I have no software to reduce the shots to a resolution (please, document that...) the software would be able to manage. And my eyes are sore from this flickering and the quality of laptops screen. So I never got to the point of really using it but I am waiting for better release.
I bought Fitography in Aug 2016 and I’m very happy with it. Getting your photos takes a while but it’s worth getting good images. An eyeliner pencil worked well for marking my body as tape came off. I used hair ties at my wrists and elbow. If using a tripod, make sure it can move from crotch to bust level before you start - mine didn't have enough travel without extending the legs. The second time around I used the book-on-a-table method and this was much better. Check your photos before you pack up and if you see any problems retake them straight away! I found I could take the photos myself with a timed remote but I did need some help marking my body. You could estimate the back markings directly on the photos though.
Outlining the pictures is not difficult but it takes some time. The Fitography YouTube videos are very helpful. If you don’t want to do this part you can use the outlining service. I think the price is extremely reasonable for the time you will save.
Then you get to play! You can try on any of the patterns. The pics show default and then changes I made to the Sasha top on my asymmetrical outline.
A feature I love is that you decide the print layout. I hate print at home pdf patterns - too hard to store. With Fitography I overlap my pattern pieces and then trace them. I printed the sloper pattern with full left and right asymmetrical pieces on just 16 sheets of paper. My only wish is that you could choose the size of the seam allowance. I prefer 1cm over the 1.5cm default.
There are lots of cool features you will find when you get the software so I won’t go into all of them but I am a fan of Fitography and they have the best customer service I have ever experienced. I’ll be posting some more reviews over the coming weeks for the Sofia top, Alexa pant and sloper so check them out to see how the garments turn out.
I am really happy and I will definitely be buying more patterns. I can spend my time sewing instead of fitting!
It takes a while to get the photos & your outlining just right but once you are up and running this is fantastic. I have asymmetries everywhere (as a result of surgery) and have struggled to alter patterns without going through 4 or 5 toiles. My first pattern was the Sarah skirt; I took a risk and just cut and sewed. Perfect! It would be nice if there were some "smoothing" tools onec you have plotted your outlines (my arm scythes are still a bit wonky) but, overall, I have found this a fantastic tool. I'm not really using the "try style" tool as I have been doing this a long time and know what suits and I prefer to adjust length on the garment. Can't wait to get going with the sloper and all those commercial patterns that have beaten me!