Best Instruments to Make Raglan Sleeves

In my previous blogposts I forgot to mention one more advantage of using Valentina Patternmaking Software – a friendly multilingual Valentina forum community. Should you have any question or idea (concerning patternmaking difficulties, compatibility problems, etc.) you may write it immediately to the forum and receive almost immediate advice, solution or support. For example, this … More Best Instruments to Make Raglan Sleeves

Valentina tools make faux Military Hat creation easy

The Wholebackstage Theater produced the musical Evita recently.  This show required a representation of military uniforms suggestive of the 1940s era in Argentina.  Creating this look on a budget posed some challenges. It turns out that stage magic will make the optical illusion of matching costumes work to create the enhance the dancing talent of … More Valentina tools make faux Military Hat creation easy

Imagination + Valentina = transformation of a blazer to a designer suit knockoff for Evita production

The first part of a costume designer’s job at a community theater is always to create the best look for the lowest cost.  It is a blessing to work at an organization that is so well established in the community that there is a wealth of raw material.  In this particular production, we had several … More Imagination + Valentina = transformation of a blazer to a designer suit knockoff for Evita production

EVITA Costume challenge – “knockoff” Dior original – Valentina tool helpful

The largest challenge for costume creation for Evita was duplicating the look of the Dior original suit made for Eva Perone and her “Rainbow Tour” of Europe.  Evita was photographed in the original and it was used in this stage play as an icon for the Rainbow Tour This is the social media promotion used … More EVITA Costume challenge – “knockoff” Dior original – Valentina tool helpful

Passion for Costume Creation made easier with Valentina

Over the last few years I have developed a passion for creating costumes for a local community theater in northern Alabama.  The most recent show that I have been involved with is the musical, Evita.  Evita is a story about Eva Perone, the first lady of Argentina for a few years in the 1940s.  Evita … More Passion for Costume Creation made easier with Valentina

Me and Valentina

Did you like my recent blogpost about the Duffle Coat pattern in Valentina? I hope, you did! Now let me introduce myself and tell you why I’m a “Valentina geek”. My name is Yulia, I live in Minsk, Belarus and I’m a former investment banker upshifted to a bespoke tailor several years ago. I’m obsessed … More Me and Valentina

Want to learn patternmaking? Use Valentina!

So… you want to learn patternmaking. What will you need to get started?   First, you’ll need a pattern making book. Most of them use the traditional formula plus measurements method to make patterns. Many of these books can be found on Ebay or Etsy. To manually create the patterns from your book, you will need a large … More Want to learn patternmaking? Use Valentina!