How do i Label the pattern

Thank you all for having me here. The software is very interest but how do I label the pattern after drafting ; like CF ,CB etc

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You do that in the detail mode.

  • Draw the pattern *Click on Detail tab *Click on the “little pattern” icon with the plus sign on it. *Trace your pattern, (clockwise) and hit enter. this will open up a new window where you can add labels and seam allowance.

Hope that makes sense. P.S. I am new to Seamly, so if there is the better way to explain this by a more experienced person, feel free to add to my comment. :wink:


Welcome newbies! We’d love for y’all to introduce yourselves in the introductions thread!

First of all, I found some information regarding the question of labels on the wiki here

I recommend practicing new tricks on a throw-away pattern, such as a square. Just in case. Or at least not saving until you know that you’ve got it right, for ease of roll-back. But I recommend saving constantly, because you never know what might happen. So you would need a safe file to risk mutilating beyond comprehension. Unless you want the extra practice anyway! :slight_smile:

If you haven’t done the pattern tracing part of the process which @Sewing4Fun mentioned, you will have to do that first. I’m not clear on if you have already finished that step or not.

  • Once that is done, make sure you are in the Detalis view rather than the Draw view.
  • In the Details view right-click the pattern piece which you desire to label
  • Select “Options”

Now you are in a screen that looks almost exactly like the screen that popped up when you finished tracing the pattern, except that all the juicy options are no longer greyed out.

  • Select the Labels tab on the left side of the dialog.
  • I recommend filling in the “Name of detail” field with something descriptive of exactly which pattern detail you’re messing with. Then the “Details” tally on the bottom right of the screen will have meaningful information in it.
  • Up at the top, right below the tabs, is a button labeled “Edit template” directly to the right of the words “Label template:” click it.
  • The “Edit label template” is grey & lifeless, click the mysterious green plus sign.
  • Behold! the dialog comes to life! muahahahahem.
  • Insert your desired label in the Text: field.
  • Experiment with "Insert…"ing scripting which you could add to make the program do the boring work that you will be using repetitiously for you!
  • If you added such a script, save the label template to your drive with the suitable button. This will allow you to Import a template rather than having to type it all in for every single pattern piece, which is especially useful if you have multiple lines in your template.
  • Click “Okay” to finish working with your template.
  • Click the “Labels” tab at the top
  • Check the “Detail label visible” box with a click
  • Give it a suitable width & height. If a 1 unit square is good, you don’t need to bother about anything. But that’s kinda small, even if you’re using inches.
  • but most of all, (make a backup,) “Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!”

But that only works if you’re wanting to label pattern pieces with labels that will print with the layout. If you’re wanting to label multiple specific parts of a single pattern piece, I’m not sure if that’s possible yet.


@Pneumarian. a much more detailed explanation

Like I said, I’m new…

I appreciate your time to do better job of explaining this process.


Heh, I might do better to figure out how to record a screencap & post it to YouTube.

Thanks for reminding me that this forum has a like button!


I just remembered Notches! (Which Seamly calls “Passmarks” at this time.) That’s a traditional way to mark different sides of one pattern piece. One cannot use custom letters for the marks, but there are a few options: |, ||, |||, T, V.

ETA: To place a passmark, you will need to have the point where you are going to want your passmark placed inserted before you trace the outline of your piece.

  • On the “Paths” section of the Detail: Options dialog Rightclick the point you want to mark
  • select the “Passmark” box
  • Navigate to the Passmarks section of the dialog, (bottom left,)
  • Choose which passmark you want to edit from the drop-down menu
  • Select your options
  • When finished, hit the Okay button.

I’m pretty sure that’s all I can say on the subject, unless to clarify what I typed. Any further enlightenment will have to come from Athene’s cohorts.



I can not seem to add passmarks. I followed your instructions, but when I go to the passmark section, nothing is clickable, including the drop down arrow. What am I missing?

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hmm. I’m not sure why you aren’t getting anything, but I did realize that I forgot to mention turning on seam allowances.

I have now made a short video (67sec) to hopefully show the Passmarking process better. :link: :film_projector:

ETA: It has English captions now!


You first need to go to the path and then right click on the node that you want a passmark. Right click and 3 options will be available. Click on passmark. After you did this to all the nodes that you want a passmark, go to passmark. You can then select what type of passmark you want for each node. Hit apply and it will pop up as long you have the seam allowances. Without the seam allowance, it wont show up.


@Pneumarian I figured it out. I needed to add a point on the line where I wanted to add my passmark, so that I could select it. I didn’t realize I needed that step first.

Thanks for the video by the way! Very useful for us newbies. :grin:


Ooooh, yeah, I’ve edited that note in now for future explorers. Thanks for telling me what I missed! :cupcake:

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