As a freelance Pattern Designer, I have had the opportunity to work with some very talented and creative designers. These designers have specialized in such things as bags, dresses, formal wear and day wear. However, my daily services include such things as pattern alterations, pattern grading and creating personalized slopers for those that sew for themselves as well as those who sew for others. So, where does that leave you in the scope of my services? Here are a few great books I recommend that will help get you started in your chosen field of design.
This book will take you step-by-step through the entire process from idea to production and beyond. The contents of this book will give you an overall understanding of the “Trade” and “How to Plan a Line” along with information on marketing, and production. Detailed information is given on price-points, sourcing materials, definitions and the duties of needed industry professionals, including: Grading services, pattern makers, sample makers, cutters and setting up shop. Forms for costing your products and defining your market are included along with forms, worksheets and production scheduling checklist and pattern template guides.