# Increments

Hi !! I would like to know what they are and how the increments are used. I have tried to use them and I don’t get it. I don’t know if the translation of increments into Spanish is correct and that’s why I don’t understand. Thanks a lot

Hola !! Me gustaría saber qué son y cómo se utilizan los incrementos. he intendo usarlos y no lo consigo ¿Hay algún ejemplo? No sé si la traducción de incrementos al español es correcta y por eso no entiendo. Muchas gracias

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Increments are really very handy. You can use them instead of a measurement file, if you wish, but then you will need to create an increment for each and every measurement area.

I use them especially for Ease. This way, I can take a pattern made from woven cotton fabric where I would normally have an over all ease of perhaps 5cm and change it to a pattern that I want to make using stretch fabric with a negative ease, just by changing the value of the ease and perhaps making a few changes to the pattern.

It can sometimes be difficult because if an item appears later in the list, it may revert to 0 or error. So my suggestion is to stay with set values or calculations, rather than using line/curve lengths or angles, and try to stay away from formulas using measurement file items. You can add, subtract, multiply or divide and you can use the mathematical functions with confidence

While you are making your pattern, you can add items from the increments to measurements or line/curve lengths in formulas:

The other tabs are a record (or look-up table) of various things already created in the pattern, like line/curve lengths and angles.

I hope this will clear it up for you

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@Grace Thanks a lot!! I’m going to try to make some pattern using increments to try!

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@Grace To use the same pattern with different fabrics, create two different measurement tables, one with complete measurements for flat fabrics, another with reduced measures according to the percentage of fabric stretch. I open the employer and charge the measures as necessary. I made sure to use the same nomenclature in the two measurement tables !!

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I would just use an extra increment for the Ease and use it in a formula where I need it.

Here is an example of how I use Ease: (((highbust_circ/2)+#Ease)/4)+2

So you have your normal measurement. This needs to remain true to the actual measurement taken from the person for other patterns using different fabrics - you may want to use denim fabric with very little stretch in the next garment and need to add 3cm ease instead of the negative ease for high stretch gym clothes. Then you have your Ease element which you add or subtract from the measurement in the formula and then you have what you want to do with it.

So once you have entered your measurements, they don’t change. You’re only creating more elements that can go wrong. You may accidentally take the actual measurement instead of the one that you’ve taken the ease off and when you do notice the error - normally when you have cut out the fabric and have sewn up your test garment - it will take you hours to find where you went wrong and correct it, not to mention the waste of the test garments fabrics, sewing time, thread, etc. etc.

As I mentioned before, it is always better to create your measurements in SeamlyME and only use the increments for garment specific things like Ease. This way, you can use a persons unique measurement file to draft any garment for them (Blouses, dresses, skirts, trousers, underwear, etc.), simply by changing the measurements file in Seamly2D and adding a few things to your basic patterns.

If you are having problems with SeamlyME, you can check out my blog which has my Youtube videos embedded in them. You can right-click on the page and translate it to any language that you prefer. (You can do that here, too.)

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Thank you very much, I could understand the functionality of the increments !! I will watch the videos. !

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So that’s how you use the increments. I been using a measurement called @NegHEase and @NegVEase in my measurements. Thanks for the Tip

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Hi @Shrymp, that works, too I just use increments for it because it’s attached to the pattern and changes with fabric type. But it’s a choice where you’d like to put it

Same with the measurements, I just find my way a lot easier for me

Thank you for showing this!! It is a brilliant option for adding ease to garments.

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