Unveiling the Top Ten Garment Pattern Making Software of All Time

Unveiling the Top Ten Garment Pattern Making Software of All Time

In the dynamic world of fashion design, the evolution of technology has revolutionized the way garments are conceptualized and brought to life. Garment pattern making software has played a pivotal role in streamlining the design process, fostering creativity, and enhancing precision. Here, we unveil the top ten garment pattern making software of all time.

Optitex: Known for its cutting-edge 2D and 3D pattern-making capabilities, Optitex stands tall as an industry leader. Its intuitive interface and powerful tools make it a favorite among designers and pattern makers.

Gerber Technology AccuMark: With a rich history, AccuMark has been a trusted companion for pattern makers. Its comprehensive suite includes pattern design, grading, and marker making features, making it an all-encompassing solution.

Unveiling the Top Ten Garment Pattern Making Software of All Time

Lectra Modaris: Renowned for its advanced pattern-making tools and 3D prototyping, Lectra Modaris empowers designers to visualize garments in a virtual environment, reducing the need for physical prototypes.

CLO 3D: A game-changer in the industry, CLO 3D specializes in dynamic 3D garment simulation. Designers can visualize the drape and fit of garments in real-time, facilitating efficient and accurate pattern adjustments.

Browzwear VStitcher: Catering to the growing demand for sustainability, Browzwear VStitcher integrates 3D technology with pattern making, allowing designers to minimize waste by visualizing designs in a virtual space.

Tukatech TUKAcad: TUKAcad has earned its stripes for its user-friendly interface and robust pattern making features. It supports a wide range of file formats and offers collaborative tools for seamless teamwork.

PAD System: With a focus on both 2D and 3D pattern making, PAD System stands out for its versatility. It is equipped with tools for pattern grading, marker making, and even automated pattern nesting.

Marvelous Designer: Embraced by the gaming and animation industries, Marvelous Designer transcends traditional pattern making. It excels in creating dynamic 3D clothing for virtual characters, pushing the boundaries of design possibilities.

Wild Ginger Cameo: Ideal for small to medium-sized businesses, Cameo by Wild Ginger offers a comprehensive pattern making solution. It covers everything from pattern design to grading and marker making.

These top ten garment pattern making software options have not only stood the test of time but continue to shape the future of fashion design, ensuring efficiency, precision, and creativity in every stitch and seam. here is only nine names included what would be the 10th one? write down on comment section below.

3D Printing In Fashion Garment Industry: What To Look Forward

3d Printing In Fashion Garment Industry: What To Look Forward

3D printing has started making its way into the fashion apparel industry. A number of designers are making use of the additive manufacturing technology to produce one-off complex designs; 3D printing services dedicated to fashion and design are emerging in the market. Fashion schools are adapting their programs, incorporating laser-cutting and 3D printing. Annual hi-tech fashion weeks are popping up around the globe

Such technology refers to the layer by layer. Creation of physical objects based on digital 3D files. Which described as having the power to disrupt and transform the manufacturing system as we know it. 3D printing transforms the design and development process by expanding spheres of possibilities, enhancing design quality and limiting development costs. It also incurs great consequences for manufacturing as it reduces transaction costs, resolves the scale-scope problem and fosters zero-waste production.


In recent years, the fashion industry has shown growing interest in 3D printing technologies and its affiliated 3D designing software. Traditionally the business and engineering communities have formed the foundation for research on the issue of 3D printing. And have provided the theoretical and empirical framework through which to analyze the adoption and impacts of 3D printing on the industrial sector.

The first 3D printer was introduced in 1986 by Chuck Hall. 3D printers manufacturers have been large R & D based organizations (De Jong et al, 2012) which were able to afford high prices and required premium products. However, with the patents for these technologies beginning to expire a number of firms, most of which were start-ups began entering the market, with a concentration on the lower end of the market. 

Transformative Effects of 3D printing:

3D printing also brings about many advantages in terms of manufacturing and supply chain management. It promotes customization to new design alternatives that can be created without the need for investments in setup, tooling or machine changeovers. As such, the marginal cost of reproduction is close to zero thus resolving the scale-scope dilemma imposed by traditional manufacturing technologies. Products are producing and sold efficiently in small batches (Michalik et al, 2015). As a result, 3D printing also limits concerns relative to stock. Inventories become obsolete when it becomes possible to produce according to make-to-order processes (Weller and al, 2015). Finally, 3D printing enables localized production. With 3D technologies, design and manufacturing can happen anywhere thus reducing transaction costs.

Innovation in the Creative Industries:

In order to assess the possible impact of 3D printing in terms of fashion. It is crucial to turn to the existing literature on the role of innovation in the creative industrie. as well as a past example of adoptions of digital innovations in this particular sector.

If style and continuous style change is central to the fashion industry, researchers have

pointed out the crucial role of innovation in the contemporary fashion market. They have numerous technological and digital innovations introduced in the fashion industry (Unay and Zehir, 2012). Such as; a computer-aided-design or the development of certain fabrics and fibers. These new technologies have stimulated product innovation and led to transformations in terms of speed and quality of manufacturing.

Fashion Designers

The main focus of the sample was to identify designers researching, creating or producing 3D printed garments. The population of designers making use of 3D printing for garments is extremely small. Thus, explaining the size of the available sample. Despite this, the criterion is applied in order to select a sample. All designers conducted projects where 3D printing and was used to produce wearable garments or fabrics. 

Designers solely using 3D prototype technology which has excluded from the analysis. This limited the analysis to independent designers and micro fashion firms. This sample is select using the snowball sampling method whereby relationships and communication with initially targeted participants brought about contact possibilities with other potential respondents. 

Reliability, Validity, and Limitations:

The methodology used in this study presents certain limitations, notably interviewing. Indeed, The use of interviews leaves room for a number of limitations notably the risk of subjectivity. The difficulty to replicate the study, the problem of generalization and the risk of lack of transparency. There’s been general uneasiness for the application reliability and validity in qualitative research. The quality of the study will be guaranteed according to the alternative indicators of quality

Brief discussion of auto marker & making process

Brief discussion of auto marker & making process

Let’s get back to the initial time of cutting department of garments industries there is no facility like auto marker. All the time in bulk cutting they used marker, however; how did they make it? In that case; can you say that in a single sentence? Well let me tell you, they make it manually placing one pattern by by one. Marker is most important element to complete the bulk cutting.

Now question is what is marker in detail ?

Marker is sheet of paper. where every parts of garments are plotted as per layer or cutting plan. Always the marker man makes marker by breakdown a ratio from PO quantity. As per company working policy; this ration also can be provided by cutting planer. Marker maker input the ratio into marker making software to make desire marker for production.

This is the package of garments parts, which let us to enhance the cutting production with limited period of time.

How did they make manual marker?

Question Is little weird, isn’t it? How did they ? Because the manual marker making isn’t used in large production. This is very long process and it’s efficiency isn’t good as in computerized methods.

The maker man makes marker by placing one pattern by one. If maker Missed something he/she need to erase drawn marker and do that again. This is very complicated process & unable to change anything after finish the marker. It’s required much more time and manpower than computerized method.

What is Computerized method?

As I mention earlier, it’s easiest way to place the Patten one by one and check how much efficiency we are achieving n. On the other hand, if we change any placement and see much eefficiency increased or decreased. This is helps a lot the marker man to achieve desire efficiency goal.

Auto marker.

Technology improving rapidly and it’s adding new features everyday to progress CAD and CAM technology. Auto marker is one of them. It’s doesn’t take long time to make any marker. Within two minutes it can be possible to make any marker. which is at least 10 minutes work for a marker man. Almost every top ranking recognizes software company are providing such auto marker facilities with its main software by adding some extra charges.

How it’s work?

As simple as like convert a video files from .avi to .mkv . Just open the software, input the marker, set your desire time, setting and go for process. Done!

Point should be noted. “that the file type doesn’t change at all”. File type remain same. to reduce Fabric wastage all the pieces must placed perfectly

You can also send new created and unplaced marker to nesting directly from your working folder. Using “send to option” as like we send some file to flash drive from computer.
So simple!

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Abbreviation used in this article

PO– products order
CAD– computer aided design
CAM– computer aided manufacturing

How product’s development works in garment factory.

How product's development works in garment factory.

Let’s get back to the initial time of product’s development, manufacturing process, customer choice, color variation and fashion trends. There were not much varieties of clothing in general people’s. But Day after day with growing civilization clothing habit changed consistently as per fashion trends.
Hence, the products development department in garment factory always working to get exact outcome of the goods as customer asked. This is how it’s increased its necessary in garments manufacturing factory.

There too many methods followed by different organizations and factories. But the goal is same to “develop the products”. As per my own experience I would like to share with few words in easy manner.

This mission starts with tech pack, spec, measurement chart with physical Sample or sample’s photo. which is arranged and shared with product’s development department by marketing department. marketing department also known as merchandising department in garment factory. They collect tech pack from directly buyers or from their sources.

Most of the time the documents contain essential information which used to make exact products sample. But before makes any Sample. Technicians makes a mock up with any available Fabric to check the outcome of the garments as per measurement chart or tech pack.

An inspection team inspect each and every important criteria in mock up to justify with documents. If the mock up is ready to proceed than the merchandising department asked for Sample with actual Fabric and standard quality. With this Sample and pattern; the CAD department calculate the costing of garments. Some time this costing makes by merchandiser but it doesn’t accurate like CAD.

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They send product Sample and costing to sourcing office or direct buyer to see the Sample along with proposed price. If the buyer like the Sample and price than they ask for fit Sample. Sometime customer go for negotiations to reduce costing as per the Sample. It’s important to mark the point that is the Sample and the price could be remake and recalculate many time during development stage.

Product’s development department makes the Sample and CAD department calculated the price to submit to the buyer for review. Before go for contract seal Sample the physical Sample need to send the brand’s headquarter like M&S for London.

In a single sentence; before get the production order from buyer’s all of those garments(Sample) makes in products development department. So this department also widely called as Sample department.

Brief discussion of Group marker and its purpose

Group Marker Featured

What is marker?

Marker is sheet of paper where every parts of garments are plotted as per layer or cutting plan. Always the marker man makes marker by breakdown a ratio from PO quantity. As per company working policy; this ration also can be provided by cutting planer. Marker maker input the ratio into marker making software to make desire marker for production. This is the package of garments parts which let us to enhance the cutting production with limited period of time.

As per cutting procedure and product quality issue, the marker man makes different type of marker called group marker & selvage marker. This is very important to go for those special marker if it’s required. Let’s find it out what is group & selvage marker. 

Why do we need to make group marker?

Inspection team sometime gets one kind of dying faults called shedding on fabric so they asking for this special marker to avoided shading problem in ready garments. In a single line we can say that this marker is required when the selected cutting prepared fabric has uneven color formation in meter to meter.

What is group marker?

This is one kind of special marker makes as per quality issue suggested by quality inspection team. Most of the factory placed the inspection department on incoming section. When a fabric comes for production than its need to inspection to sustain product quality. And inspection team seat the fabric to store for storage and relax purpose. Finally cutting department received the fabric and go for bulk cutting.

Group maker’s pieces always stick together as much as possible.

How do they makes group maker?

Suppose we are making a marker for a garments where we have to take Back, Front, Sleeve and Moon. It’s required to place all the parts of garments as close as possible. Means all the parts should be placed nearby as a group. This is called group marker.

Group maker always increase the wastage of fabric and reduced the profit for manufacturer.

A good quality fabric can solve this problems.

What is selvage marker?

This is also a group marker but it’s has an extra requirement. All the parts of a garments should be placed length wise but stick together as a group like group marker. This type of marker required when inspection observed selvage shedding issue.

Selvage marker always placed the pieces length wise.

Advantage and disadvantage of group marker.

1 Reduce the color shading problems on complete garments Increased the fabric wastage & time.
2 Increased the garments quality as its standard Increased garments making cost and reduce the profit margin.
3 Easy to bundling after complete cutting process Required so much time to make group marker
4 Increased the possibility of Good quality garments. Automatic group marker is not good enough to go for cutting so its need to make it manually by placing garments pieces one by one.
5   Required extra man power to makes lay by different shade wise in cutting department.


It was a little discussion about group marker, if missing something you want to share? If yes; then write down on comment below and share with us. I’ll include it on the article as soon as I get it.

Marker making & Marker efficiency calculation

Marker making & Marker efficiency calculation

Marker is used to cut too many garments pieces at a time (depend on fabric lay) in cutting section. There are a few important matter need to follow carefully during making and during using the marker like marker efficiency, A minor mistake can be the reason to wastage of huge fabric, material and man-power. Most of the time all of those lead by cutting supervisor and coordinator.  Fabric layer operator also responsible to do such things and maintain the standard. Let’s go through the matter which is important to follow carefully. Please don’t skip any of those option to avoid misconceptions.

Marker making & it’s efficiency calculation- Indication

You better check each marking on above picture to understand clearly.

1. Marker Name

Every marker has a unique name which provide the style of the marker made from or made for. Doesn’t clear?  Name of the marker indicate the style, cutting number, production status and fabric width. Depend on the company policy the name of marker can be changes as per their rule, regulations and needs.

  • The cutting status of the particular style (Is it Size Set, Pilot or bulk cutting).    
  • Type of garments (Top, Bottom, Bra, panty, shorty, Tanga, Boxer, Etc)
  • Cutting number (which number of cutting required this marker to complete cut).
  • PO number (Product order Number)
  • Make marker base on fabric Actual cut-able Width (This is marker width)

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2. Marker Length

After complete the marker its takes a length. The length means the actual length of the fabric lay should be makes to cut the cutting. Cutting super visor starts making lays by layer man according the marker length.

3. Ratio

I hope you know the meaning of “ratio”. It’s indicate the variation on different size quantity in a marker. Suppose I’m going to make a marker from XS-XL where I need the make ratio according to my PO quantity.

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Marker making & it's efficiency calculation
Marker making & it’s efficiency calculation

4. Actual fabric width / Marker width

Part of garments need to place in marker where the actual fabric width should be measure by responsible person. They measure the fabric width and make Job Card and send to CAD department to make marker. Job card can be named layer Sheet, Cutting Plan, Cutting Sheet, Cutting Production Plan and many more name. The name always depends on the production environment of any factory.

5. Unplaced / Placed pieces

Total Pieces of current marker show here and let us know how many pieces are placed and unplaced.

6. Utilization or Marker Efficiency. 

This is so much serious matter, most of the company constantly monitor this matter. Because maximum utilization means maximum fabric usages. If you are making marker you should have follow this matter to reduce the wastage.

When we do costing consumption; it’s important to check which fabric width is better for costing. Then we try to make marker by various fabric width. Question is how find out which width is perfect?
Perfect width decided by comparing the utilization of different width.

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