My Patterns and Samples
Nowadays, instead of creating tech packs, I work by sending physical samples accompanied by my alteration instructions. I feel this method works better for Luh and I. It allows us to work much more effectively together when we are reviewing changes on samples rather than on documents.
This also makes for a smoother transition for the manufacturer. They can get a feel for the garment and truly understand the changes I want to make. I feel it also takes less time to create my new samples instead of using a 2-dimensional document to work from.
When I make my samples, I choose to make them in the exact fabric that will be used in the final production. I prefer to use white or the natural colour of the fabric (called Ready-for-Dyeing), and sometimes I like to have a range of colour options. Having the additional colour options makes it easy for me to choose the final colours for production.
Once Luh has sent me my completed samples, I then decide if they need any further adjustments and test the sizing and fit. If I need to make any adjustments, I send them back with notes and give the go ahead for production.
Luh and the team at CMA are always supportive at each stage of the sampling process. They also provide recommendations for fabrics, dyeing, and even the functionality of my styles in case something I design may not actually work how I want.