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My girlfriend, in the Philippines, just won a big fashion design contest in her Province of Nueva Ecija. 

I want to help as much as I can. I have set up some web stuff (www.Facebook.com/UleFashion and www.UleFashion.com) and bought her a Serger.

Now I want to get her some real tools that will help her design.

She has an industrial Brother sewing machine, a portable Singer and the Brother Serger 1034D I bought her last year. 

Other than that she has a dress form, pair of scissors, pins and some tailor's chalk.

What kind of tools do you find make designing/constructing easier?  I am a computer guy, so my first inclination is to get her software.  Anybody have good experience with any?

What tools do you find "necessary" and what are just make things easier?

Big or small I would love to hear what I should get her to make her job easier.  She doesn't have access to a lot out there so any ideas for a non-designer would be much appreciated.

She also does a lot of crystal embelishment that she does manually by hand.  I have notice there are a lot of hot fix crystals that look great, but they're usually under the t-shirt section.  Is there a problem putting these on gowns? (I will post this as a seperate question as well)

Thank you in advance!

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Hi there I’m new but tell your girlfriend congratulations on her new creative achievement I’m sure she is very  happy and you’re a great boyfriend to support her well done :)!

To answer your question a great tool to get her is this program there are a few look them all over and if not call to find out the best one for her http://www.startingaclothingline.com/html/digital_fashion_designer_...  I do not work with the company I have the program myself and it is a good program and very easy 

 As for tools good things to have is a Hip curve, arm hole curve metal is better for the hip curve last longer, one roll of pattern paper if she does not have it yet maybe a few other things but need to know more about the direction she is going in for fashion mail me and I can help you.

 Regards Tanya

 

Thanks Tanya, I am a pretty amazing boyfriend.

Thanks for the advice on a few tools and the software.  I'll take a close look at it.

 

On Project Runway I see on the tables they use rotary cutters, but in the stores they are labelled for quilters.  Is this a useful tool for dressmakers?

 

She is doing gowns.  Currently for pageants and weddings, but I am going to get her involved in doing red carpet looks.  Filipino style is very embellished, so a lot of crystals and embroidery patches on her work.  That seems to take most of her time.

 

Thanks again for the tips.  I will include the curves in her gift box

Hi sorry for late reply was away on business trip and just got back.

The round blade is a very dangerous tool and really used when cutting many ply or levels of fabric get her a pair of good scissors (wise)or they may call them silk sheers and paper sheers snub nose or snips as she gets more experience she will be able to handle the round blade but not before it’s not advisable, been doing it for over 20 years and I still don’t use it I hand cut everything unless it for production then I take to my production man and he does the rest. If you need anything else or just want to ask questions mail me at my company address designsupport@whats2wear.com you can or she can no problem ill help you if you like. Tanya 

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