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Development of a Pattern: Touring McCall's Pattern Company

Development of a Pattern

This past Tuesday, I had the privilege of attending a tour of the McCall’s Pattern Company in New York City, as part of a Smocking Arts Guild Meet-Up. The tour explained the development of a sewing pattern from design concept to the finished pattern available for purchase; a process that takes a year and a half from start to finish.

The tour began in the Design Center where the color predictions for spring 2018 were on display. The designers had just been in that morning to receive an update on fashion trends, fabric news, color forecasting, and to receive their assignments for the 2018 spring season.