Isabelle Lott, MA
PWstudio software was created out of necessity and has evolved over more than 25 years. After attaining my Masters in Textiles and Clothing at Michigan State University, I taught apparel courses at university. However, when we moved to accommodate my husband’s career, I found myself without a teaching position. I became a custom clothier, a part-time instructor at the junior college or fabric store and a pattern drafter for a local historical pattern company. Pattern design morphed into more clients and the need to be more productive.
I looked into apparel software, but discovered that it was out of my price range. It was set up for manufacturing, not the individual designer. So, with the help of a programmer, I designed my first software, PCpattern in 1990. I modified the software over the years and renamed it PWstudio in 2000, when I moved to a new programmer, Chuck Smith and a new platform for a more affordable product. PWstudio is used by designers all over the US, Canada and some other countries.
All the while, as Pattern Works International, my assistant and I were drafting patterns for small pattern companies and custom clothiers, while using and perfecting PWstudio software. In addition, I have taught workshops in my studios and locations all over the country. The workshops introduce PWstudio to designers who want the software to enhance their apparel business.
I recently sold Pattern Works International to my assistant, Judy Huyck. My whole focus is now on the software development, promotion and instruction.