So yesterday we went to the factory to trace the pattern pieces, fine tune the new sleeves etc.
By we I mean my top-notch, crack team of pattern drafters! There was Amy, Danielle, Meaghan and Kelli who worked very hard the whole day! There were a lot of pattern pieces to trace and mark on both sides; they were from a size 6 to 22 in regular fit with the lining, the same in tall fit, also with the lining PLUS a smaller assortment of sizes in short fit! Of course there were the sleeves which were done last, once I was finished fine tuning the pattern pieces for the regular fit. Whew! Team top-notch worked very diligently to complete the task in record time, the factory owner was duly impressed with the progress and professionalism. Kudos ladies!
My job was to take apart the samples, take into account the notch placement, check the length and make the individual adjustments on the paper. Now there were a few differences in how I work and how the factory workers work so we had to meld the methods hence the sample maker made samples jackets and I took them apart to copy what she did.
In fact there was a difference in how much ease is on the sleeve cap, I leave 4 cm they leave much less as there is no ease stitching on the sleeve cap to help with the installation. Every seam in a factory costs money so if there is a way of avoiding this, they will find it. With no ease stitching allowed the sleeve cap would have been too large for the armhole so the solution was to take the smaller sleeve size and add that to the larger body size, in other words the size 10 body got the size 8 sleeve, worked like a charm!
All in all we had a great day together and after all this work some of us went out to dinner and then for some R and D in Yorkdale at the more high end stores to see what the designers are up to. That's a story for another day.....
By the time we got home we were really, really tired and ready for bed!
Maria Calautti, "Jack of all trades"