Working with a Pattern Maker
Updated: Jun 6, 2019
Before we actually start the stitching process, a pattern is the basic foundation that sets the theme for your final product. There is a lot of work involved in creating a pattern and the first step is to choose an experienced and skilled pattern maker. The success of a perfect pattern is based on the information and tools provided to the pattern creator. Designers need to ensure that they provide each and every information in the tech pack of their garments to enable them to make a perfect pattern. The work of a pattern maker has a direct impact on the success of your product. You do not want to end in a situation where you can be penalized for your efforts. There are few basic steps one needs to take to ensure that they are building a solid foundation of their product which will ultimately bring success to their company.
1) Measurements - This is the first and most basic requirement of any type of garment. Any miscalculation in this segment will eventually lead to the rejection or failure of your item. You need to provide all the exact measurements which will ensure accuracy.
2)Tech-packs - This is another crucial step in the creation of a new design or collection. It usually contains the technical specifications, drawings, fabric information, and other detailed information. They provide detailed information to the pattern maker to understand the concept, design, and measurements to enable him to be accurate in his work.
3)Selection of Fabric - Fabric is the most important and major raw material of apparel. You have to go through various fabric swatches and choose which one fits best according to the type of garment or collection. Choosing the correct type of fabric increases the value and overall usability of the dress.
Once you have followed all the above steps properly, it is time to make an initial sample to check the accuracy of the pattern. This sample is checked to ensure if the pattern requires any further revisions. A pattern is finalized once it has passed all the quality checks to make sure that there are no flaws in the production process.
After you have completed the above process and your sample is finally approved, you need to grade the patterns according to the size chart so that they can be used in productions for different sizes. It is absolutely important to check the graded samples also before sending them to the final production. Markings should be properly done on all the patterns which has been created to be used further in the garment manufacturing process.