The apparel, upholstery and soft flooring industry currently uses only digital patterns.
This type of patterns is primarily for industry players, … but not only
What is a digital pattern?
A digital pattern is a computer file that can be used with specific CAD programs. This file can be the digital copy of a paper pattern or, more often, a “pattern” that has been drawn entirely on a computer.
Why are digital patterns positive aspects?
QUICK: A digital pattern is sent to the other end of the planet in a few seconds, with a simple email. This allows fashion design centres to send patterns to a production workshop in Bangladesh, Vietnam or China all along the year and not only twice.
ARCHIVABLE: A computer file takes up less space than a cardboard pattern that must be archived in all different sizes. Despite all, the reliability of digital archiving remains to be demonstrated.
EDITABLE: Just open the file in a CAD pattern making program to easily edit the pattern and get the pattern of a garment for another collection.
PRINTABLE: You can make endless numbers of copy of your digital pattern, unlike a paper or cardboard pattern, which must be copied manually. It is thanks to a special printing software in A4 format that I’m able to provide you with free sewing patterns for download.
What about negative aspects?
LESS QUALITY: Since it is enough to open an existing digital pattern and edit it slightly to obtain a new pattern, the quality of these patterns is going down. Worst, you find the same mistakes on every pattern of one fashion show. Mass production of ready-to-wear apparel does not seek quality but cost reduction.
NO FITTING TRIALS: It’s pretty incredible but there no more the sewing of a prototype and fitting trials for most of ready-to-wear patterns going on production step. This also contributes to the general loss of quality.
LOSS OF PROFESSIONAL SKILL: Pattern makers in the industry are now working in CAD, so they do not know what their pattern will look like on a real model. They are missing everything a fitting trial can show out: aesthetics, proportions, comfort. Recently, 3D software for pattern makers has been created so they can get “an idea” of what their pattern will look like.
I have found many errors that are not detected before production and these errors are repeated each time these patterns are modified to get a new pattern.
I also noticed that this disconnection from the reality, without any fitting, causes many errors in the gradation (that is to say when the pattern is declined in all sizes).
Thus mass production gradually loses its quality, and produces less and less attractive garments,
What do you think about this? Didi you know it before?
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