I am trying to do some patterns from scratch, but keep running into issues when it come to tracing the finished pattern with the Trace Tool. The ensuing error message is typically "Pattern outlines and/or holes are intersecting" or "Points are too close together".
The pattern system I am using (Mueller & Sohn) works with a lot of step-by-step construction lines (see image below) and often has 4 or more of them converging on the same point. So I can see in which direction the issue might lie. But by time the pattern is done and it comes to tracing it is pretty hard to find the actual culprits. Especially, as sometimes the Trace Tool works, but most of the time it doesn't.
(I've tried converting secondary line into baselines, but more often than not the "convert to baseline" options is not available in the context menu.)
So, here's my question:
Given what I am trying to do (which shouldn't be that hard), what are the specific rules and best practises for overlapping points and lines, to avoid being tripped up in the end?
- should I split lines to mark positions on e.g. the waist line — or is it better to place another line/on top"
- when multiple points sit on top of each other, should they all be open / closed?
- when should I split or join overlapping points?
- in which circumstance should I create a point at line intersections? — when is that a bad idea?
- which line segment can be converted to baseline? — and which ones can't?
It would be great to have a comprehensive overview on this somewhere, but I haven't been able to find one.
Hope this all makes sense.
Many thanks in advance