Patterns and pattern sheets

Pattern making, pattern grading, digitalization and lay plans of clothes and clothing lines. Pattern sheets in accordance with the customer’s needs and wishes.

Pattern making

Clothing designers and garment industry entrepreneurs can move their ideas rapidly into production in a digitally compatible format.

“Our customers can use our pattern making service and generate savings in time and effort. By utilizing our competence and resources, the customer can concentrate on the tasks compatible with their own core competences which they can keep developing.”, tells Liisa Turtiainen from Fashion Team LT.

The patterns that have been designed on the basis of the model can be implemented using the company’s own measurements, standard measurements and, if required, personal measurements. In addition to pattern making services, Fashion Team LT offers a large collection of different basic patterns as well.

  • Delivery of patterns directly to the manufacturer in different file formats 
  • Creation of lay plans
  • Printing of patterns 
  • Sending the pattern files via email as pdf files 

Pattern grading and digitalization

Grading the different sizes of the clothing on paper by hand is a big undertaking, especially when the pattern for the piece of clothing includes a number of different parts. Grading usually has to be done quickly as well, so that the production can get started. 

“The designer might have the standard-sized pattern in a digital form as well, but they don’t necessarily have the necessary competence or tools in order to grade the patterns. In particular, if the piece of clothing has to come in different sizes, outsourcing the grading to a competent party is often more effective and less time-consuming”, Turtiainen describes.

Fashion Team LT can also provide help in the digitalization of patterns. Digitalization can be done either for a standard size or the patterns can be digitalized in multiple sizes as a pattern grading map. According to Liisa Turtiainen, pattern digitalization facilitates the manufacturing process and generates savings in both time and money, as the patterns can be sent electronically from one place to another.

“We take a picture of the paper-based pattern and we edit it with a software intended for the purpose. We remove the lens distortion and we ensure that the pattern’s proportions remain correct. We can digitalize the patterns on the basis of the pictures by sort of tracing the contours and the details of the pattern in Grafis. The pattern to be digitalized can be paper-based or, for example, cardboard-based, so long as the contours and other markings on the pattern can be seen clearly.”

Pattern sheets

Fashion Team LT implements pattern sheets from scratch or based on the customer’s materials. The patterns can be published as part of various printed products or on the internet. For example, the pattern sheets acquired from the internet can be laid out and split into a format printable on A4 sheets. All the necessary text and the notches are added at the same time, ensuring that the customer can print and assemble the patterns correctly. The buyer of the pattern sheets delivers the sewing instructions if they are included as part of the patterns.

“We make pattern sheets and layplans and do calculations of material consumption to order. We edit the patterns for publication or for further design work in different formats. We are also producing these services for the biggest journals in the business at a much larger scale”, Turtiainen says. 

A clothing designer does not even have to possess a ready-made pattern. For example, we can create the patterns on the basis of a description or a drawing. We can assemble the checked and graded patterns into a pattern sheet. 

“We have helped entrepreneurs, bloggers and others who are sharing printable pattern sheets on their own websites. They do not necessarily even have to make the patterns on their own. Rather, it is better to concentrate completely on clothing design”, Liisa Turtiainen states. 

Drawings, technical images and product images

Fashion Team LT creates all model drawings and product images in accordance with the customer’s needs. If necessary, the images will be edited so that they are ready for print or for publication on the internet. 

“Additionally, we help our customers by exporting their services and patterns into a 3D environment. The clothing designs do not necessarily have to be sewn and photographed separately. Instead, 3D can be used to create various different sizes of the same model. The 3D models yield images whose quality is high enough even for journals”, says Liisa Turtiainen. 

Reduce the amount of unnecessary work with the help of Fashion Team LT

Led by Liisa Turtiainen, Fashion Team LT has served both Finland’s largest publishing houses and a number of entrepreneurs who work daily on clothing design and patterning. The company professionals are themselves experienced and trained garment industry professionals. They are motivated by their interest in pattern making and by the implementation of the designer’s ideas into a functional pattern.

“The customer gives us an image and tells us that they want something like this. For example, we will think of how you would have to edit the pattern so that it would work in different sizes. Our daily work consists of solving these kinds of problems. Customer satisfaction is naturally very important for us. The word gets out through recommendations and we’ll get the opportunity to ease the everyday lives of more and more clothing designers.”

Contact the Fashion Team LT team and give us some preliminary information about your wishes and needs. They know how to ask the right questions and they will give you a quick estimate of how they could best be of help.


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