Standard patterns can be redesigned for free but the design is not suitable for shirts as the design will be repeated on the front, back and sleeves which may be undesirable.
Upon starting the game, the player will have eight designs that they may redesign at will. They will also get four shirt and four umbrella designs in the Able Sisters which are made by the generic Someone from Anytown. The player or other animals in the town may wear the designs as well as comment on their clothing and the creator. The player may redesign these default patterns and place them on sale at the Able Sisters. Visitors can also buy the designs from the tailors.
Designing a pattern
Designing a pattern us relatively simple. The player is given twelve palettes of fifteen colors to choose from as a guide. Though they may use any color they want in their pattern, they have a maximum of fifteen different colors.
As well as the palettes, the player is also given several tools to aid the designing process. As well as pens of different sizes to allow for larger fill or more precision, the player may use tools to draw straight lines, circles, squares, hearts and stars. The player may also change the whole pattern to a single color, useful for removing a pattern to start over; or may add stripes or dots to the pattern in any color.
The player also receives a grid which can be turned on and off to help with accurate drawings and precision. The ability to zoom in and out on the pattern can also help with this.
The pattern can be displayed on a shirt, umbrella, wallpaper or flooring, depending on what the desire of the player may be.