What was most surprising to me is how much of the design work is done from Simplicity’s end.
The dress pattern they are creating is for this one from Rowley’s A/W 11 line.
A sample of the original garment is sent to the pattern team who inspect all the seams, fabric and design elements. They then digitally trace the pattern from the garment and make a muslin version, whilst starting to incorporate different variations for making at home.
Photos and sketches are sent back and forth between simplicity and the designer’s team until both are happy. Then a sample garment is made using the suggested fabric before finalising the design.
I thought it was really interesting to see how it develops and you can see much more detail over at Simplicty.
All photos via Simplicity.com