On Pattern-Making

The fundamentals of dressmaking lie in the relationship between the human body and the fabric itself. The shape of the fabric must conform to the shape of parts of the body it covers. We call this relationship fit. Fit itself has two aspects: static fit and dynamic fit. A dress should fit to a body that stands still as well as a body in motion. Pattern-makers add additional cloth to a perfectly fit pattern to allow movement in certain pivotal points and to increase the comfort level. The term used for this additional cloth is ease.

As fashion designers pay more attention to the styles, pattern-makers focus on the technical aspects of a garment. Fit, ease, and hang become commonly used terms. The fact that pattern-makers concern themselves with the accuracies of body measurements and basic pattern shapes shows the technical aspects of pattern-making skill. It is unreasonable to expect a good pattern line if the basic pattern from which it is evolved does not have it. It is also hard to get a good basic pattern without correct body measurements.

Patterns Production Process

Our services are unique, since we focus on producing basic patterns, not commercial ready-to-sew patterns. We put attention towards the accuracy of shapes and measurements. We do research in modern pattern-making to fit various types of bodies. We evaluate each line and curve, and test for fit and ease. We use 3-dimensional algorithms to shape a body into 2-dimensional flat patterns. We design and develop our own in-house computational and CAD (Computer Aided Design) system to make sure the patterns are drawn exactly as we intend.

Pattern-makers use our basic pattern set to create many other patterns with different styles. By using a good set of basic patterns, they can concentrate their efforts towards creating stylized-patterns. We are proud to serve the pattern-making community.