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1
  • The Illusions Collection is discussed.
  • Learn  how each individual measurement affects the shape of your pattern?
  • Learn how to shrink out all appearance of gathering in a sleeve cap using steam.
  • How to get a better fit using standard measurements or wizard (Quickfit) measurements.
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2
  • FREE PATTERN! Get a free Hanky Hem Fitted Blouse Pattern!
  • Princess Casual and Comfort Collection (now incorporated into Dress Shop 7 Standard and Pro) discussed.
  • Pattern Drafting 101 - The Sleeve Cap
  • Pre-programmed custom Fit Levels and how they work. Includes discussion of design ease, wear ease, and collateral ease.
  • QuickFit Sizing (Measurement Wizard) Gets You Going Quickly.
  • Q&A  When I select Print this Page, I'm only getting one page. When I select Print all Pages, I only get the first pattern piece. Where's the rest of my pattern?
  • Q&A: Why aren't the facing pieces showing up in the layout tool?
  • Q&A:  I have an asymmetrical shape and need to create patterns with a right and left side. How is this accomplished with your program?
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3
  • FREE PATTERN! Get a free sweater coat pattern! Includes photos and detailed assembly directions.
  • Casual Fit patterns and Comfort Fit patterns introduced and discussed.
  • Q&A: Hat Shop activation codes and Dress Shop?
  • Q&A:  I just purchased a new pattern set or collection, entered my keycode into Dress Shop and was told it was an invalid code. How do activation codes and updates work together?
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4
  • Screen shots and descriptions of the following pattern / garment design tools
    • Closure Editor
    • Custom Sleeve Designer
    • Custom Collar Designer Tool
    • Blouse / Jacket Shaper
    • Blouse / Jacket Hanky Hem Editor
    • Yoke Editor for blouses, dresses, jackets, and coats
    • Yoke Editor for Pants and Skirts
    • Wing Collar Editor plus 3 new wing collars
  • Q&A: How to adjust the bust position in Dress Shop patterns and garments.
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5
  • FREE PATTERN! Get a painting / smock coat pattern!  Includes photos and detailed assembly directions.
  • Dress Shop holiday gift ideas
  • Buying Dress Shop products on an extended payment plan
  • Q&A: How to I get my browser security settings to allow me to play Dress Shop videos?
  • Q&A: How do I backup my measurements?
  • Q&A: How can I enter my product activations without having to type those long activation codes?
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6
  • FREE PATTERN! Get a poncho pattern! Includes photos and detailed assembly directions.
  • Read about the FREE Dress Shop online classes.
  • Read about the Dress Shop discussion boards.
  • Read about Dress Shop educators.
  • Read about Dress Shop user groups
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7
  • FREE PATTERN!  Get a walking shorts pattern! Includes detailed assembly directions.
  • Spring and Summer Collection released.
  • Discussion of the Custom Sleeve Designer Tool
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8
  • Discussion of Dress Shop help files and sewing instructional articles.
  • Introduction and discussion of the Sew Quick Collection.
  • How to setup and run a Dress Shop user group.
  • Q&A: How do I use a Problem Report to send a pattern and my measurements to get advice?
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9
  • FREE PATTERN! Get a man's travel vest! Includes detailed assembly directions.
  • Introduction and discussion of the Men's Essential Collection
  • How Activation Codes work with Hat Shop, Home Dec, and different versions of Dress Shop.
  • Report on Sew Expo 2005
  • Q&A: Do updates create a new program on my system?
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10
  • Introduction and discussion of the My Pattern Designer Tool
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11
  • General Pattern Preparation article
  • Spring 2006 Collection discussed.
  • Q&A: Where can I get directions or advice about sewing a neckline or closure type that I am unfamiliar with?
  • Q&A: When should I use a problem report and when should I get help on the discussion board?
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12
  • Spring 2006 Collection released.
  • Understanding how different measurements effect your pattern.
  • Q&A: Where are the Spring Collection patterns?
  • Q&A: I just got a new computer. What order should I install builds and updates?
  • Q&A: Can I remove older updates that show up in my Add / Remove Programs list?
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13
  • Dress Shop 7 is released and discussed.
  • All pattern collection products revised.
  • New design elements included in Dress Shop 7.
  • Q&A: I updated to IE7 and now my Dress Shop program appears in a very small window. What do I do?
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14
  • The Winter 2008 Collection is released and discussed.
  • Older versions of Dress Shop (all before Dress Shop 7) are being retired. Upgrade prices slashed!
  • Tips for working with stretch fabrics.
  • Q&A: When running IE7, Dress Shop shows up in a very small window. What do I do?
  • Q&A: I was wondering if Dress Shop is based on a textbook to draft the patterns.
  • Q&A: Should I get a CD version of Dress Shop, or are download versions adequate?
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15
  • Dress Shop 8 Released
  • Doll Shop Deluxe 8 Released
  • Fall Collection Released
  • New patterns, new tools, new settings.
  • Improved fit with all patterns.
  • Detailed sewing instructions with every pattern
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16
  • Dress Shop 9 Released
  • Doll Shop Deluxe 9 Released
  • Dress Shop 9 Bonus Collection - free with upgrade!
  • Spring and Summer 2011 Collection Released
  • Collar Designer Tool, Shirring Tool, Swimwear Tool, and Grecian Halter Tool.
  • Special Offers!
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17
  • Dress Shop 9.02 Released
  • Support for versions of Dress Shop prior to version 8 is being discontinued
  • Dress Shop Quick Start and Deluxe replacing Dress Shop Standard
  • Dress Shop 9 now works better with Vista and Win7 systems.
  • Super special offers to upgrade to Dress Shop 9 Deluxe and Pro
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18
  • Winter 2011 Collection Released
  • Sewing With Fur
  • Super special offers to upgrade to Dress Shop 9 extended
  • Specials of prior Winter seasonal collections
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19
  • Summer 2012 Collection Released
  • How to sew the Floating Tier patterns
  • Super special offers on all Summer Collections ever released by Livingsoft

 

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