I am trying to find someone that can help me create a brand new pattern for a product I would like to sell. I have the concept in my head, I just need someone to help me create a pattern and then with grading (S,M,L,XL). Obviously, it would have to be designed from scratch, as I do not want to have issues with infringement of copyrights. Is there anyone you could recommend that is talented, and affordable?

Thank you so much!

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    Dec 2, 2011, 05.22 PMby kathleenfasanella

    I’m surprised no one has responded. More important is to know how to hire a pattern maker. It’s hard to know who is any good. Often those who excel at marketing themselves tend to pretty lousy pattern makers. You’re looking for an engineer, not an artist. Someone who is skilled vs someone who is “talented”.

    You need to make a lot of decisions, such as, do you want the pattern on hard copy or CAD files? Do you have fabric in mind -industrial patterns are not as generic as home patterns, they’re made for specific fabric weights, shrinkage percentages and also designed according to the kind of sewing equipment that you or your sewing contractor has. Speaking of, lots of people can’t find a sewing contractor (newbies call them “manufacturers”) because they didn’t hire a professional pattern maker. That’s how you get a referral.

    Here are some links to more reading on this subject: http://www.fashion-incubator.com/products_services/table-of-contents/do-you-need-a-pattern-maker/

    http://www.fashion-incubator.com/products_services/table-of-contents/how-to-hire-a-pattern-maker/

    http://www.fashion-incubator.com/archive/how_to_hire_a_pattern_maker_pt46/

    http://www.fashion-incubator.com/archive/how_to_hire_a_pattern_maker_pt47/

    http://www.fashion-incubator.com/archive/how-to-hire-a-pattern-maker-pt-48/

    About pattern grading… you have to be very very careful! There are lots of people out there who know how to market to newbies and they stick you with insane charges. The post below mentions a grading service that is pretty typical in this regard; they charge over $900 to grade a 4 piece pattern. I just about fell out of my chair. In the garment industry, a 4 piece pattern should only cost about $15 per size. Iow, compare $60 for a 4 piece pattern in four sizes vs $900+. Crazy…

    My point is this: If you get a quote that is higher than $5 per piece, per size, you need to shop around. Most pros usually charge a flat rate that ranges between $2 and $4 per piece, per size. My practice is a little different in that I do pretty complex stuff with tons and tons of pieces so I charge hourly. However, I double check the costs (to see if I’m competitive) by dividing by piece count and still come up with an average of $3 per piece which is well in range. My mention of this is not to be construed as a marketing attempt but educational. I’m booked through the middle of February 2012. Anyway, here is the article on hiring a pattern grading service.

    http://www.fashion-incubator.com/archive/how_to_hire_a_pattern_grading_service/

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    Dec 3, 2011, 10.08 AMby katexxxxxx

    Kathleen, I didn’t respond as there was too little information. ‘Product’ could be anything from hot air balloons to dog flotation devices! ;) Garments I can cope with. Most of the rest I’ll have a go at, but not for commercial production line stuff. I’’m strictly a one-off bespoke stuff pattern maker at present (though my partner and I have an idea for a line of historic dress patterns to sell as paper patterns).

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