Episode 1:

Understanding Pattern Cutting and the Fashion Cycle

In this episode we answer that burning question that you all ask….
“What the hell is a PATTERN MAKER?!”

How we describe our job:

“Clothing is made up of flat puzzle pieces that come together and make a 3d form…these pieces are called a pattern, and a pattern cutter is in charge of deciding the shape and size of those pieces and how they fit together.”

The Fashion Cycle, in brief:

  1. Design brief or sketch from the designer to the pattern cutter
  2. 1st Pattern development
  3. Give the pattern to the cutter to cut the fabric
  4. Machinist sews up the sample
  5. Toile is complete
  6. Fit the toile with the designer and decide on what amendments to do
  7. 2nd pattern development…Altering the pattern based on the fit
  8. Real sample development – repeat cutting and sewing
  9. Sample goes down the runway or lookbook/photoshoot/presentation
  10. Sample goes to sales and showrooms, where external buyers put in orders
  11. Production development based on sales/orders- Sample fittings, pattern alterations and Pre-production (PP) fittings
  12. Grading – ready for factories – patterns and fabric sent to factories for production
  13. Shipping, QC and shop floor

Is there a topic you’d like us to cover? We’d love to hear from you! Contact Kathryn and Caroline directly with any comments / feedback on fashionhalfcut@gmail.com. Alternatively you can reach out on instagram @fashionhalfcut.

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