In this article you will learn how to draft sewing patterns on your PC using the free pattern making software Valentina. I put together a video tutorial, where I guide you step by step through the program, using the basic panty pattern as an example.

What you need to follow along:

I hope you’ll enjoy the video and find it helpful! 🙂 If there’s anything you don’t understand, just ask in the comments. Also, please excuse my german accent. 😉


  • 0:00 Introduction
  • 7:06 Valentina User Interface
  • 9:38 Measurement Table
  • 13:50 Draft Mode
    • 13:50 Front Panty
    • 29:08 Back Panty
    • 33:45 Gusset
  • 35:19 Detail Mode
  • 41:46 Layout Mode
  • 44:55 Grading

You’ll find further information about Valentina in the user manual.

And here’s a short video about printing sewing patterns on your home printer:

12 Gedanken zu „Video Tutorial: How to draft sewing patterns with Valentina“

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  2. hi

    love your accent, my husbend was german My issue is that I work on Linux 16.04. I put my information and created a measurment table. How ever, it will only allow me to record th height. No other measurments and the value and and formula are at 0. I looked at the customs pick what I want, and cannot record the values at all. Any solution?
    thanks, Varda Rotenberg

  3. Thank you so much, Luisa!! Congratulations of a fabulous tutorial on Valentina! This is such a wonderful introduction tutorial to the amazing software.

  4. Thank you very much Luisa, everything is really clear and helpful! I’m going to start my very first pattern right now 🙂

  5. I really love would love to be able to see your tutorial, but it’s not very clear. I’m already stuck trying to do the first line for the panty. I cant see the formula you are using. This is what I came up with trying to see yours,(@wg)4)*0.9 but its wrong. I got an error. Can you please tell me what the proper formula is? thx. 🙂

  6. Hi Luisa

    thank you for the tutorial it was very heplful.
    i see that the link to the user manual does not work, is there anyway you can maybe help by sending the user manual please?
    i have searched the internet but no manual is available.

    thanking you in advance.


  7. Thank you for sharing your wonderful tutorial. I had Valentina on my laptop but couldn’t figure out how to use it, but watching and copying your tutorial’s steps made it easy to do.
    Now I’m trying to do something not from a tutorial. I’m trying to draft a pair of trousers for a 4 year old. The draft I’m working from needs me to do something that I can’t figure out how to do in Valentina (yet), though I could do it on paper with a set square/ruler easily.
    It’s this:
    – a line of length waist/4+0.5 (between the 2 dots on the diagram below) and it must go from whichever point makes a square corner on a leaning (almost vertical) line and meet the horizontal line. The only given things are the length of the line, and that it must meet the non-horizontal line at a right angle. Can you please tell me how I’d do that? Many thanks!
    /____________ .

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