Our team of highly skilled pattern cutters can interpret your sketch/ideas and produce accurate patterns.
Highly skilled in a variety of pattern cutting methods, we routinely work on flat pattern cutting, block manipulation, tailor made blocks (to suit your style or size,) draping and pattern adaptation.
If you are having problems producing your patterns or perhaps you have attempted to make your own patterns and are stuck, we can help you amend or remake your patterns so your idea is executed correctly.
If your having trouble with a pattern we can help with rearranging your seams or hem lines. If your facing doesn’t fit we can re correct the issues. so you have the correct facing for your garments. Or just making the garment a perfect fit. realigning pockets, placement issues. Correcting the fit of collars. If you need any type of amendment we can help you don’t hesitate to ask.
What is a pattern?
In the fashion world a pattern is the first template that is made on card or dot and cross paper, which transfers the measurements of the garments onto the fabric, this is later used in the lay plan. When the pattern has been graded to different sizes it is often put on to cardboard but generally people make their patterns on paper. They are transferred to card so they can be kept and referred to in later seasons. The pattern cutter will usually use a block pattern to start with, this is in the required size i.e. UK 8 so the garment can be made in that size. This is an example of a bodice block front back and sleeve and skirt block. Below is a trouser block so you get the idea.
The pattern cutter will then manipulate the block according to the design. From the blocks we work with your designs to come up with your own unique garment. There two methods, which are used by pattern cutters, the flat pattern is the method used by most production pattern cutters. This usually starts with a block unless the pattern is just drafted from measurements. Pattern master’s French curves, tape measures and meter sticks are usually devices used by the pattern drafter. Also a drill hole maker would be used to indicate darts, pockets or any embellishment made on the garment. This is all accurately measured and marked. The blocks used resemble the ones above; they do not contain seam allowance. This is added to the pattern once the correct style has been cut.
If the garment is a more draped fabric the pattern can be made by draping fabric on a stand to get the shape of the garment by pinning and manipulating the drape on the stand. The fabric is generally cut on the bias to accentuate the drape. The fabric will be marked then will be transferred to a paper pattern and the seam allowance will be added afterwards. Below is an example.
We use both methods and can also do tailor made garments. We will make the pattern to the individual’s measurements. All garment require a pattern and without it cannot be made. We try and work magic but we need our building blocks.
Do you require pattern cutting?
Our in-house team of pattern cutters can produce the patterns needed for your clothes.
Get in touch today to enquire about pricing and scheduling.