What is pattern cutting?
Pattern cutting in the fashion industry is the process of taking a design and making it into fabric.
But before it is made into fabric, it is made into paper
For example what you are wearing right now was once a design that was made into paper and then into fabric.
The role of a pattern cutter is to interpret your design, put it onto paper/card, so it can then be made into fabric of your choice.
What is the purpose of pattern cutting?
Pattern cutting allows you to repeat the design/style that your making over and over again (infinitely)
The reason why the majority of the fashion designers use patterns, is because once a pattern has been made and the fit is perfect for the brand, it can be used for eternity!
Patterns are like the foundations of your house/home. It’s the blueprint. Once you have the basic things in place, like size snd fit, you can change the styles over and over again, maintaining your brands sizing ethos.
It may sound strange, but you designs ARE NOT I repeat ARE NOT more important than your patterns!!!
You can have the most amazing design, you could think your a better designer than Alexander Wang, but if your patterns are badly made then you may end up just looking like a fashion wannabe. Sorry, it may sound harsh, but its true.
You Pay For What You Get!
There are tonnes of pattern cutters out there, varying in prices. However a word of caution. Just as in life, it is in pattern cutting.
YOU PAY FOR WHAT YOU GET!
I’m not saying that you have to pay a lot of money all of the time, What I’m saying is that if you find a pattern cutter who can make you an Asymmetric midi dress with rouching and intricate detailing charging you £150 (in the UK) to make the patterns. RUN!
Not trying to sound too dramatic, but any good pattern cutter knows that his/her pattern making is potentially going to make or break the clients collection/brand. A bad pattern cutter is thinking (whilst making your patterns.) “I’m gonna do this pattern quickly, the customer doesn’t want to pay, I will lose money if I take the time to do it properly, so I’ll just finish them as soon as I can."
We have had countless customers who bring patterns to us, to fix. Why? Because the pattern cutter they used, did not do their job properly, maybe he/she did not have the necessary skills or maybe they did not care. Whatever the reason, the results are always the same. They paid a low price, They received a low quality product.
We take our job seriously. We like design, and so therefore always strive to produce the closest possible likeness to the designers design/vision. We have a lot of experience in the high end, high quality aspect of fashion and implement those skills with each and every designer/brand we deal with.
If you would like to work with a business that will deliver a good quality product to you. Then talk to us today.