One of my major purchases last year was a digitizer. I found mine on eBay for about $400. A design shop in Chicago must have been going out of business as there were a number of them up for sale at that time. I got a GTCO Roll-Up III which can be rolled up and carried around. This makes it much easier to store than the stationary digitizers. Even though my model was from 2008, it’s still the most current model. A 30″ x 36″ model like a have retails for $2225 so I got a really good deal. I discovered quite a few thing about digitizers after my purchase. The first is that pattern drafting software is behind in technological advances. I bought a digitizer with a USB connection because that was the latest technology. When I couldn’t get my software to recognize the digitizer, I did a lot of digging on the web for answers. I finally discovered that I needed to use a serial connection. Once I ordered a serial connector for the digitizer (luckily it can use both connectors) and a serial adapter for my laptop, everything worked properly. My other mistake was to get a 16-button puck (or cursor). I thought more buttons were better. I turns out that it just means more clicks to map a pattern. Go with the 4-button puck.
One of the major reasons I wanted a digitizer is that I have hundreds of vintage patterns. As is often the case with vintage, you take whatever size you can get. I wanted to be able to resize some of these patterns. I am starting with Simplicity 4354. I was immediately attracted to this cute sundress. Unfortunately I have it in a size 12. A 1950’s size 12 is about the same as a current size 2. Way too small for me.I had some cotton sateen from Spoonflower in a couple of my pomegranate prints that I thought would work great for this dress. Once I had the pattern laid out, I adjusted the skirt so that it was fuller and followed the 45 degree angle of the design. It’s a great pattern. I added a bound buttonhole, self belt and contrast facing to make it really pop. I think it’s really cute. I can’t wait for the weather to warm up so that I can wear it. I also purchased a crinoline to wear underneath for a fun look. Click here to see more pictures from this project.