Our teen recruits were put through their paces this weekend, as they embarked on the first stage of creating their paper pattern – learning how to draft a technical spec sheet.
Spec sheets are used by designers in the industry all the time, often sent to factories abroad to ensure garments are produced exactly as required by the designer. They are basically a flat map of how a garment should be constructed – from seam and zip details, down to which buttons and thread to use.
These technical drawings are a necessary first step in creating a paper pattern, and proved quite a challenge for some of our young designers as they figured out how to turn their 2D designs into a 3D garment.
Next the students began to draft their paper patterns, with the help of blocks and our amazing industry volunteers – many of which are pattern cutters for some of the major high street retailers including Karen Millen and Jigsaw.