PROTO

The time has come to see your design come to life!  Yippeee!

A prototype, or, as we like to call it, a “proto”, is the point in the process when we really start to see how your product (that we have spent so much time designing, building and engineering), is going to perform on a human body.  During a proto review, we take the time to look at EVERYTHING; things like fit, construction, fabrication, trims, design details, seam finishing, and overall aesthetic.  It’s the first time we are seeing the garment in physical form so you can imagine that this is also a very tedious and time consuming part of the process (as are all aspects of the development and production cycle! Sigh…).

To be frank, this stage can be quite frustrating for a first-timer because a proto sample typically doesn’t look pretty or fit very well out right out of the gate. Remember our giving birth analogy from a few episodes ago? (Well, if you’ve ever seen a new born baby, you know what we’re talking about…lol!)  So set your expectations accordingly because it only goes up hill from here!

We still get excited over protos! Press play on Episode 12 to see why!

PATTERN MAKING

You often hear in the fashion industry that pattern making is a lost art, much like reading a map or spelling. (Seriously, right?) But the truth is that the pattern is the start of the real building phase and, much like an architect’s blueprint is to a home builder, a pattern maker’s blueprint is critical to achieving the proper fit of your garment. The pattern maker’s job is to convert a 2-D concept into a real-life 3-D garment. They do this by creating a pattern, or “blueprint”, using the information from your tech pack (i.e.: the bible). The sewer then uses this blueprint to cut & sew your garment. Hallelujah!

This week’s episode is a little longer than usual, but we hope it will answer all of your questions about pattern making. Scroll down to watch!