Having created the categories and types, and assigned the pieces, you need to relate the appropriate pieces.
You relate pieces to do the following:
To automate the stitching and arrangement of pattern pieces in the SmartDesign garment.
To enhance the capabilities of the design process. For example, related edges have their design specifications transferred. So, a designer can quickly and easily see the same design reproduced in different configurations.
Relating the pieces is done by relating each piece to the underlying completed garment, so that the additional pieces fit where and how they should. For example, for a t-shirt, if we want to use options for sleeves, we must relate these additional sleeves to the original sleeve pieces. And, if we want to use an additional collar, we must relate it to the original collar, and so on.
Relating is implemented as a type of stitching, using the edges of each pattern piece. You use both single and multi-stitch as required.
If you relate a piece, you assign the attributes of the original piece to the newly related piece. For example, if you relate a new left sleeve to the original left sleeve, the new sleeve is automatically assigned the stitching, fabric, seam, and cluster location of the original left sleeve piece.
In addition, note that it does not matter whether you relate the core pieces to the additional pieces or the other way around.
To relate a piece:
On the Main toolbar, click Stitch.
On the Horizontal contextual menu, select Relate.
Go to the 2D window.
Stitch the appropriate edge of the piece to the matching edge of the matching pattern piece of the core garment.
For example, assume your core garment is a t-shirt. The t-shirt has a collar piece.
In the core garment, the bottom edge of the collar pattern piece is stitched to the front pattern piece and the back pattern piece. In addition, the left side of the collar piece is stitched to the right side of the collar piece.
Your SmartDesign template includes an alternative collar piece.
To relate the alternative collar piece, you do the following:
Stitch the bottom edge of the alternative piece to the bottom edge of the core garment collar piece. The following image shows an example of this.
Stitch the left side of the alternative collar to the left side of the regular collar, and stitch the right side of the alternative collar to the right side of the regular collar. The following image shows an example of this.
Using multi stitch, stitch, stitch all the edges of the top of the alternative collar to the top edge of the regular collar. The following image shows an example of this.
Auto Relating Pieces
When relating pieces, after creating the first stitch, SmartDesign may recognize the other edges that are to be stitched. If this happens a message similar to the following is displayed.
Click Yes to have the software relate the remaining edges.
The following image shows examples of the auto relate process.
Tips About Relating Pieces
When relating pieces, note the following:
The relation of pattern pieces is primarily based on the number of edges on the piece.
Edges that are related should share the same edge properties, For example, Shrink, Force Multiplier, and so on.
Pattern pieces that are related should share the same shape properties such as the Grid.