London: Creative Patternmaker 2007 & 2008

Saturday, September 13th, 2008 | Folio, Patternmaking

Working in London has given me a greater understanding of the fashion industry.  I worked within the fast fashion sector as a Creative Patternmaker.  It was important for me to interpret the design with confidence and accuracy, as the first pattern was used to cut the buying sample in correct fabric to be sent straight to customer – or to be used in sales meetings. Below are some examples of first samples from KUBE Clothing.

Communication with the Designers and Sample Machinists, as well as Garment Tech was important in making sure correct decisions were made, so that the garment would be commercially viable for production from the beginning.

Both companies I worked for in the UK were small wholesale operations, supplying leading “High Street” Labels.  Because of the size of the companies, it was a great opportunity for me to help out in other areas such as Garment Technology, Fits and Alterations where necessary.  At one point while working at KUBE, they did not have a Garment Tech so I stood in and was able to take my knowledge of this side of the process to the next level.

River Island's online store - a dress i worked on

River Island Website - A dress I worked on at KUBE

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