What's your user story?


So… How do YOU use this software? Tell us! Whether you’re a tailor or techie, a sewist or artist, your story will provide guidance for our next product roadmap. Post your story here!


Ok, so (bottom line in the end of post, sorry :blush:) :

I sew, because at some point I didn’t get what I had ordered, it was the second time that this happened to me. Suits and business dresses made of mainly natural fibers are not easy to find, or very expensive, but if they are made of polyfibers, they smell really fast and it doesn’t help at all to put them on the balcony or so in fresh air. Besides, they have to be brought to the dry-cleanerss.

So, I remembered that I had a half through tailored costume. Well, it is too small :blush:, but there was this piece of silken fabric with a pattern and I started to sew.

Now there was a lot of talk about fit in the forums, but I was shy to alter a pattern. I had no idea what to do. But - there was that book, or those books, and I started to construct my own patterns. My husband always told me “you could do it on the PC, it is much like CAD” and then Helga told us in a forum that Valentina forked and changed the name and I became curious. So I downloaded the program :slight_smile:

Use: I construct my blocks and then alter them to the model I would like to sew. I’ve just started, but my vision is that I have blocks for bodices in different classes of ease, same for skirts, maybe pants and then just take them and make my model that I want to sew.

I see clothes on display, I have some magazines with patterns and I try to copy those things for me. And I have ideas of my own, well seasoned :rofl:, including dresses made of self-dyed silk.

As my son(s) and my husband seem to start liking my stuff, I’ll make bodices for them, too (or, better said, I already have one for my son), maybe also pants. That’s pretty much it.


Hi @moniaqua, Why do you use this software rather than the other ones that are available?


@slspencer, it is pretty much the only free software I know that runs on linux :). Where the more important thing is linux, well, and 1000 bugs and more ist just too much (eh, expensive) for me. I think there are some other programs out there, but I as much as I’ve seen they have their own pattern you have to use, that’s not what I wanted to have. I am happy with a tool that is my ruler, pencil and eraser on the PC, with the adjustments needed to make patterns instead of drawing of for example a clamping shoe :slight_smile:


Hi, everyone.

I’ve been sewing, on and off, forever. Since I can remember. And… after making all of my daughter’s evening wear and a few wedding dresses by mixing and matching patterns and draping material onto the people and cutting out, shivering and shaking as I go, creating multiple muslins before bringing a scissor near the expensive fabric, I decided that the way to go would be to learn how to create my own sewing patterns, but never went any further with that - thinking one had to attend a college or something to do that.

Anyway, from time to time, I’d browse the internet for software that would do that job for me but they were always highly expensive, or limited to certain styles. Until one day in Febraury 2017, I stumbled onto Seamly2D/Valentina.

It was free and I thought, oh, well, I may as well give it a try… (not very hopeful at all)

I downloaded the program and was totally blown away!!! My head was buzzing with all the possibilities that the program awoke in me, so I set out to learn the program and all the tools it offered and while learning that, I wrote the reference manuals.

And while I was learning the program, I tried a number of different pattern making books to learn how to create my own patterns… I’ve since created 1 or 2 articles with mediocre success and on Thursday bought some material. On Friday, I measured up my husband and created a shirt pattern. On Saturday I made the shirt. It is perfect :slight_smile: He is totally thrilled with it and is going to help me by gluing the patterns together and cutting them out for me - haha.

Now I must add…

While I was learning all this, a few ladies in town (our little sewing circle) were getting curiouser 'n curiouser. So last Saturday I gave them a crash course in using Seamly2D/Valentina. It was a whole day course and had them with their heads down on their laptops. They went home exhausted!!! But I think they were as happy as I am to have found the program.

A huge thank you to everyone ever involved in the creation of the program. It is totally easy to use, even for those who consider themselves ‘technologically disabled’ - If you know how to switch on your PC/Laptop, open the program and are willing to explore the tools, you will love making your own sewing patterns.


Good topic, it would be very interesting to read other people’s stories!

I am fashion design student. In our school, we usually just take pre-made patterns (our workshop has a huge collection of “Burda” magazine) and alter them here and there to fit our idea and model. It always seemed VERY unprofessional to me because first thing, you never really know how the drawing was made for that pattern and where all the major body points are, which is crucial to make good alterations, and second, these patterns were made for Germany, and Russian women are not shaped like German ones at all. Even models.

So for my bachelor’s diploma mini-collection, I decided to make my own patterns from scratch. I chouse Valentina because It gives me control on every point, which is exactly what I lacked in the method I used earlier. Also I did not know patternmaking that well then it turned out great and made me even more interested in the software and patternmaking in general so I spent the whole summer before master’s program started burying myself in textbooks.

Now I use Valentina in patternmaking class. My professor LOVES it :sunglasses:

Oh, and I just received payment for my first patternmaking commission for a small studio making evening dresses


Actually, also German women often aren’t shaped like the designers think :roll_eyes: Burda patterns normally fit quite well and function, compared to other patterns, but still also German women have to alter. And I think that’s quite normal. Every_body is unique, that’s nature :wink:


I just like sewing - this is my hobby, but I was always interested in how patterns are made (the geometric and mathematical side, let’s say), but hated the thought of making them manually. So I now enjoy making my own patterns. I use Muller system, but would love to learn other systems as well. Of cause , that sewing is just my hobby - I would not be able to buy a software.


I like sewing and making patterns. I tried Inkscape with the extension Steampunk Jacket, in 2011 and I followed the blog http://www.sew-brilliant.org/. This blog was written by Susan. But it was easier for me to draw by hand the patterns, and so I made them in this way. But I learned Inkscape very well, and I made the patterns with this software, developing my method to draw and then to print in a A4 printer. Then I don’t remember why and how, I read about Valentina. I think it was in an Inkscape Facebook group, but I am not sure of this. So I started to learn Valentina, I made two videos in my language (Italian), and now I am studying the transformations with this program.


Hi everyone, I work as a tailor, mainly crafting traditional bavarian clothing for women, custom made, doing sewing classes and counseling start-ups getting into fashion.

At Meisterschule I learned pattern drafting by hand and I was always very unsatisfied with doing it this oldfashioned way.

Later I worked 6 years in heavy garment industrie learning and using CAD drafting and nesting with Lectra and Optitex.

During this time I always searched for an affordable or free software for private use and some day I found @slspencer s project steampunkjacket for inkscape and later Valentina…since that time I always had an eye on how the projects developed…

Since I have my own business I use seamly2d for all patterns I make. I have a stock on basic bodices which I adjust to the customers needs or style wanted. I use the tape measurement-charts to have the costumers body measurements or grade the pattern in different regular sizes.

That’s it so far…


Oh, wow! @schneiderkind, that’s so wonderful to hear. Thank you very much for sharing with us. Can you share a photo of the traditional Bavarian clothing that you make, please? I’d love to see an example. :blush:


@grace :Here is a work I did for promotional purpose, so it is a little more ‘fancy’ than usual: :blush:


Oh, wow! that is beautiful. Thank you very much for sharing with me :smile:


Hi everyone, I have been sewing now and then for most of my grown-up life. For many years it was mainly clothes for my children. Wedding dress for my daughter and evening “dresses” for myself. I cannot find much clothing for myself as I am stuck in a wheelchair, so I realized I have to make my own if I should have anything adequate, nice looking, and comfortable at all. I have made some summer jackets and winter coats for myself, but in time they wear out and have to be replaced. Somehow, your body also changes over time, or is it the clothes that shrinks over the bust and stomach? So, I need to make new adjusted patterns. I, or rather my husband, had found Valentina earlier but I did not find time to dig into it. Then I joined a University course in Textile design last year (University is free of charge here and also admit retired people, like myself) and had to make a lot of pattern drafts using paper and pen. I got fed up with this messy business and decided it was time to really learn Seamly. So far, I have managed to make a blouse for myself and a dress for my granddaughter using Seamly. Next projects are a winter coat and a good pattern for jersey t-shirts. As I have a background in Physics and Math, I really appreciate the mathematical possibilities in Seamly. Also, that it measures the length of curves, which is really cumbersome on a paper pattern. As sewing is a hobby, I cannot really pay for very expensive programs, so I appreciate that it is free. It would be nice to be able to contribute to the project sometime, as I find it a really good project.


Hi and welcome, @Berit. Thank you for sharing. Yes, I think it’s the clothes that shrink :frowning: I have the same problem. :slight_smile: