Re: Wired's Pattern Club!
I suspect that even if some "standard" format did emerge, the real problem is just that the average person does not have the time, energy or, in particular, the interest to go to all of the trouble of learning a program and then inputting and adapting a pattern to.
Then, there is also the problem with the other side of the equation. Those interested in making some garment will also have to figure out how to operate the program to adapt the pattern to their particular measures.
I think it's all just too much hassle for most people.
I suspect that the only way to make this viable is to commercialize and "de-mystify" it.
An entrepreurial person could design and publish a pattern in a manner similar to the way mainstream publishers of patterns such as Simplicity, etc. have been doing it for years. That is, print the pattern on large sheets of paper with each component drawn in several different sizes so that it can be cut out to fit someone's personal measures.
How much does a used plotter cost these days?
Perhaps we should be looking for some sort of commercial services equipped with large-scale printers who could actually print the patterns out on big sheets of paper (like Simplicity, etc. do) to be mailed to the customer???
In any case, the publisher is looking at some investment in software and printing equipment. The only way to justify that is to make a business out of it and charge money for the patterns. That would also provide incentives for more people to try their hand at this.
"And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music." Nietzche