In our last post, Why do I need Legging Development, Part 1, we discussed how seemingly simple details can get lost in concept sketches and why tech packs are so important. Today we’re going to tackle garment patterns and prototypes. The next two steps in the development of leggings.
The big question, How do you take that sketch and turn it into a legging? The garment pattern is the template we use to do just that!
While we use a laser cutter to transfer the information, this picture gives a clearer visual of the process. It’s illustrating the pattern pieces laid out on fabric for cutting. These templates allow us to turn a 2 dimensional piece of fabric into a 3 dimensional garment.
The exact shapes of the garment patterns paired with the stretch of the fabric dictate how the legging will fit and perform.
If you google legging pattern, you’ll find a lot of downloadable options. We’re betting none of them look like the above example. A complex legging like in our example, can take 2-3 prototypes to get the fit just right. All of these pieces can be individually tweaked to improve the fit.
Each prototype is measured before being tried on a fit model (this can be a friend or family member) to visually check the fit. It’s not unusual to need some adjustments at this stage. Following detailed notes and pictures, the garment pattern is edited.
By the 2nd legging proto more vigorous testing can occur. For performance garments a run or yoga class is a great way to make sure everything stays put and the pattern is working as intended.
Some times small edits are needed and maybe even a third proto. Once the fit is approved in the sample size, we grade the garment patterns for all sizes.
These steps, paired with technical packages, are why full and detailed legging development is so important.
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