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Why are patterns made on a computer better?

Making patterns on a CAD system such as ours allows for very precise drafting and measurements. But the real advantage is that each pattern is stored on the computer and adjustments can be made very quickly and easily. You can also create new styles from old ones much faster than you can do it on paper. If you have ever made patterns by hand, you know how time consuming simply tracing and cutting out the new pieces can be even if you only made minor changes. Finally, hard copies of patterns get so dog-eared, bent, and generally abused that new copies have to be made often. If your pattern is stored on a computer, printing new copies takes seconds—not hours—and the copy matches the original exactly. Hand tracing can create slight differences from copy to copy, which accumulate over time and change the dimensions of the garment. Finally, if you use multiple freelance pattern makers, you probably have a problem with sizing and fit varying from pattern to pattern. Using a CAD system eliminates this problem.

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Pattern Grading by Computer

The first computers designed for pattern grading were introduced in the U.K during the 1960s.Their field of operation was limited for pattern grading only,which was inadequate for the needs of the clothing industry.The latest models today can preform a variety of extra task such as lay-marker making,miniature scale patterns for lay planning,and estimates on fabric utilisation based on the area and peripheral measurements of the complete pattern.In short ,any operation connected with pattern and marker making can be performed by a computer at a price.

The first phase in the preparation for grading is carried out by a  skilled pattern grader,in the preparation for grading,the programmer must decide on the correct grading technique required for each style.A single error would be reproduced on all pattern;so when we  refer to the accuracy of a computer,we mean only consistent repeatability in pattern grading.It is clear that a computer service must take care to retain only highly skilled pattern graders on its staff.

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BCBG Max Azria Runway Show – New York Fashion Week Spring 2012 NYFW

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We know that fashion is an industry that favours the young – think 15-year-old Prada model Lindsey Wixson, and 13-year-old blogger Tavi Gevinson. But when we heard about an 11 year old FASHION DESIGNER, we have to admit we were a little alarmed.

Yep, teeny-weeny fashionista Cecilia Cassini not only knows how to make evening wear for pre-teens, but the pint-sized American (oh yes), models her Lady Gaga-esque designs (Fur dresses! Olsens-style sunglasses! Gift bow hats! Metallic animal prints!) with a red carpet prowess, and also talks, uber-confidently, like a mini-Andre Leon

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Entrancing and seductive Theodora


The thought of channelling a Byzantine empress may sound a little showy,but that’s precisely the point.Chanel’s recent pre-fall collection takes inspiration from that era’s lavishly decorated costumes,dresses,suits adorned in such intricately jewelled mosaics they warrant a museum exhibition of their own. Chanel caught my eye with the beautiful collection so fascinating,dreamy,rich and powerful the shimmering gold theme lends itself perfectly to the reincarnation  of Empress Theodora.


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Uprising yarn prices!!!!!

Cotton yarn price is increasing in the global market. In last 10 years or so it is in its highest peak. Every week the price is fluctuating, and sometimes situation is getting very difficult for Garments manufacturers to quote price of a garments order. Because yarn is the first thing you should think of while quoting garments for the buyers and it is the 40% of the manufacturing cost.
But no one is absolutely sure – why the price is so high? How high this price will go up and what will be the future of the garments business. In my opinion, this trend of yarn price hike is mainly because of the “after affect of the recession” and bad weather or natural condition in cotton supply area has been a great influence. In this article I have defended my views in the yarn price hike situation – 
While the clouds of recession started clearing, the wheels of textile industry started spinning as a successful story. With more than 50% of the production being exported, companies started posting profits. Currently, a situation has come where the textile industry needs to face the music. Prices of cotton and yarn are skyrocketing, thereby affecting the overall profits of apparel businesses. Yarn prices increasing from March this year, and no one could give us idea that where it will end.

There is an increasing trend in the prices of yarn for the past one year. Due to increase in prices of cotton, yarn prices have simultaneously increased by 100%The Chinese currency is going to get stronger and stronger.   The Chinese wages of the workers also are going up.

Is China still the country for Australian buyers to place orders ?  Very truely to tell you that it is still a “YES” to the question.Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Bangladesh are indeed cheaper countries to place orders.  However the order volume they require is big.  They quantity they talk is in dozens instead of pieces.  Also their auxiliary facilities, such as fabric, embroidery, handwork, washing, accessories factories are still not as sophisticated and good as those in China.  Also their responsibility to you, mutual understanding with you and their workers’ mentality towards on the job from those countries are low that one might suffer a even bigger loss at the end after placing an order over there just because of the attractive pricing at the beginning


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Pattern development


The design of the mass-produced  pattern includes many steps. Furthermore, the creation of an easy to use, fashionable, of good fit pattern is the result of collaboration of many departments and many talents.

At the outset of the design process of any garment, the pattern company’s product development department must evaluate three key elements: the typical customer profile (lifestyle, skills, taste, etc), the current fashion trends, and last season’s sales figures. These all factor in to making a profitable pattern—the goal of the company.

 Companies vary in the number of new pattern collections launched each year; many launch four new collections a year. The in-house designers are inspired by observing people and their physical movements, learning about their needs, and understanding trends in their customers’ lifestyle. Designers attend fashion shows, read magazines, newspapers, and trade journals to keep abreast of fads and fashions.

Many designs are created for a proposed collection. Preliminary sketches are discussed by marketers, dress designers, dressmakers, etc. Sales histories on previous styles and patterns are examined and compared. Some patterns may remain in a line for more than a season based on sales alone. If a design goes through the review and appears to be a viable candidate for a pattern, it is assigned to a line, which earmarks it for a particular customer profile. The final selections are assigned a style number and returned to the design department.

Next, the illustrators create the first sketches of the creation. These sketches are known as croquis, which is the French word for beginning. The croquis contains all critical information for each pattern and will form the basis of the worksheet to construct the item.

Decisions are made on the number of pattern pieces, the style number based on degree of difficulty, suitable fabrics, sizes the patterns will be graded to, and how it will be constructed.

A folder is begun for each design so that crucial information is contained within and passed to appropriate departments. The folder with the notes from the construction meeting is given to the patternmaking department.

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A little History about pattern making that I would love to share

For centuries, obtaining fashionable clothing that also fit properly was difficult to do. The wealthy hired tailors or professional dressmakers to sew custom-fit fashions. However, those of lesser means muddled through with old clothes, makeshift fashions that were ill-fitting, or lived with re-made hand-me-downs. The ready-to-wear industry was not in full swing and therefore did not produce affordable women’s dress until about 1880 (some men’s garments were available earlier in the century).

However, by the early nineteenth century, some women’s magazines included pattern pieces for garments such as corsets in order to assist women in obtaining fashionable dress. Since the pieces were simply illustrated on a small magazine page and just a few inches in size, they were not easy to use. By the 1850s, Sarah Josepha Hale’s famous women’s magazine Godey’s Lady’s Book offered full-size patterns, but they were one size only—the reader would have to size it according to individual measurements.

About the time of the Civil War, tailor Ebenezer Butterick developed the mass-produced tissue-paper pattern sized according to a system of proportional grading. These first patterns were cut and folded by members of the Butterick family. The Buttericks established a company in New York City and began mass-producing ladies’ dress patterns by 1866. It is reputed that Butterick alone sold six million clothing pattern by 1871. James McCall, another pattern entre-preneur, produced women’s clothing patterns shortly thereafter as well. At last American women could obtain a well-fitting, rather stylish garment by using a mass-produced clothing pattern. Amazingly after 120 years, both McCall and Butterick remain giants in the pattern industry.

Innovations in the pattern industry since the late nineteenth century include superior marketing through women’s magazines, opening branch offices throughout this country as well as Europe to keep abreast of styles, improvements in instruction sheets, the development of different product style lines, and the addition of designer lines based on the pattern of a couture creation.

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Choossing right

While we often hear the saying “Don’t judge a book by it’s cover”remember that “we are what we are wearing”When it comes to the corporate world the right outfit can either make or break us.

For example choosing the right outfit for a job interview,or the meeting with a prospective client;You never get a second chance at making a first impression.

Therefore,we should make sure we choose our outfit carefully and the most important we should feel comfortable wearing what we choose.

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