The Changing Role of the Patternmaker in Fashion and Apparel
Role of the patternmaker
Before any new garments are assembled, each component must be traced correctly onto fabric and developed into patterns for cutting. Traditionally, the art of converting the design concept into the pattern pieces has been the role of the patternmaker whose duties have included:
- Creating a master pattern for each size within a range of garment sizes, using charts, drafting instruments, computers, or grading devices.
- Inputting specifications into computers to assist with pattern engineering and pattern cutting.
- Drawing details on outlined parts to indicate where parts are to be joined, as well as the positions of pleats, pockets, buttonholes, and other features.
- Making adjustments to patterns after cutting, sewing, and fittings.
- Refining the dimensions of patterns after fittings to account for the real-world impact of stretching of material.
Manual methods for completing and managing each of these tasks are labor intensive and directly impact the profitability of your organization. It's not unheard of for the process to take days for a single design. Fortunately, there is a better way.
Why are you still making patterns the old way?
By using digital patterning software, patternmakers or even the designer can convert the details of a design directly into a pattern in minutes. The newest generation of digital patterning tools speed up the process by simulating the actual performance or stretch of the material. The software also ultiizes parametric models to automated grading and sizing of garments.
Make Real Products and Real Profits, Really Fast.
While the tasks required of patternmakers are relatively the same, the need for more output in less time and the tools used to ensure success have changed dramatically in the past decade. With digital patterning, patterns can be produced in minutes enabling the shorter production cycles that your clients demand which leads to the increased profits that you need.
To learn more about how digital pattern can help you automate your process and increase productivity just click the link below and ask to speak with an expert.