Choosing the Right Apparel Patternmaker

August 9, 2017

Patternmaking is a very important part of the garment manufacturing process. In fact, it can define the success of apparel.

The process of patternmaking involves manipulating and designing a two-dimensional medium in a way that blends in nicely with the curves and bulges of the human body. Using a pattern, the sketch is converted into a garment blueprint.

Patternmaking is an art and this is the reason you need to find a patternmaking artist. Here are some tips for choosing the right patternmaker for your clothing line:

Look for Experience

Patterns can be the make or break factor of your entire design. This is the reason you need to hire professionals who have enough experience in the field.  Hiring an inexperienced patternmaker will cost you more in the long-run.

Ask for Samples of Previous Work

Their previous designs and samples of their work will give you an idea about their expertise.

Check their creativity and attention to detail. You might also want to talk to their previous clients or read testimonial about the quality of work that they produce.  

See If Their Style Fits Your Needs

They might specialize in high-end dresses, and you might be looking for somebody to help you with your children’s wear.

If that’s the case, you might ask them to provide a sample in your particular niche.

You might also want to check their experience with the particular types of fabrics, trims and stitches that you work with. If you have doubts about their style, you might want to look at other options.    

Ask for the Range of Services they Offer

Your patternmakers might be offering other services. These can include fabric and trim sourcing, marking and grading, packaging, etc.

If they do offer other services, you might want to check them out. A comprehensive clothing manufacturing house can prove to be quite cost-effective.   

Check the Digital Tools They Will Be Using

You want to be sure that your patternmakers are using the latest technological tools for patternmaking.

From Adobe Illustrator (graphic design software) to Valentina (smart digital patterns software), they might be using a variety of computer assisted methods for garment patternmaking. Make sure you have a clear idea about what modern methods the company employs.      

We at Lefty Production Co. specialize in garment patternmaking in Los Angeles. Over the years, we have proved ourselves to be one of the most trusted names in American Fashion Design.

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