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Hello Jheney,

.MDL format is a proprietary format of Lectra software ( Modaris ). You will require Lectra to open those files. The other option would be ask someone who has Lectra to convert / Save the files into a DXF format ( currently there are two DXF formats which are popular in the Apparel Domain . AAMA DXF and ASTM DXF ( ASTM is a newer standard ). After converting to DXF those files can be opened in any other apparel cad system.

You might find this link interesting :

Try , it is able to recognize EVERY type of file. As a result, you will receive a very detailed report on your file + you will get software recommendations for it's opening (or converting, depends on your request). I think it is just what you need, best of luck. 

Hi! That is nice to see -how much pattern makers are here! Our company work with CAD COMTENSE-that system is created by Russian engineers.We just start 1year ago ,but really like that software! We have no convertier at moment , but anyway we can work with some fileformats from Lectra(iba), Gerber(tmp), Novocut, DXF AAMA ,3D(dat), 3D(gra) and also with DXF Of course -not all formats we check out,but DXF -there in no problems. Jhenay- some customer also send us MDL-we can`t open it, but then we ask for DXF- and it works!!!
Hmm, I would just die to be able to make patterns by hand right now, however, I'll have to skip the years it would take me to learn this craft and buy some pattern making systems, for this I've been researching some options and between the ones I've seen online, I'll mostly likely get two, the Lutterloh pattern making system which is actually a manual system using the 'golden rule' if you watch the free video they've got on their site you'll see why I like it so much, it's German too so it's no wonder about the genius there and it's only $125 and the set of pattern making software programs from a company in Texas I believe, called "Wild Ginger" they specialize in all facets of women's wear but they've got a program for men's and children's clothing as well. Off the top of my head the software for women's apparel is broken up into one for stretch knits, outer wear, evening and special occasion and day wear if I remember correctly. And they're only $100 to $200 dollars at that, so it's awesome. Hope this is as useful to you guys as it has been for me.
Wild Ginger was one of the first to come out with something that could be used more like a MTM or Made To Measure module for making a set of pre defined styles.
It was pretty good for someone who wanted a simple solution for common styles.

They later added a module for drafting patterns as well, but it is still evolving and has a long way to go before being considered a major contender in the apparel pattern making CAD Market.
Both of these systems are limited to their patterns that are drafted for their systems and are no made to be produced in large quantities. Both of the systems are for the home sewer.
Most software are at par with each other,

My personal favourites are Gemini CAD, Optitex and Lectra for pattern making and Gerber for markers.
I am looking for pattern making software that will allow me to take my vintage patterns and either trace them or scan them into the program then resize them to mine or others measurements. patternmakerUSA sounds like it might have a program that will do it. But so does DesignSew DiVA v4.5. I don't have any formal training in pattern making so any suggestions will help. Keep in mind though I am a small one at a time pattern maker and don't need a program for manufacturing.

Actually ange mallory, the manual lutterloh system uses a special approach that automatically adjusts patterns to your bust and hip measurements, you can see how this works in their free online videos, I've got a link to them on my site or you could google them.
thanks for the tips on the software.
Is anyone familiar with Fashion CAD? Any thoughts on this system?


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