ABOUT THE COMPANY
There is a suitable fit for every body type and a suitable pattern for every fit.
Unfortunately, partly due to the use of raw materials, chemicals and a lot of water the fashion industry now has a negative ecological footprint. During a sampling period each sample is flown in from abroad after manufacturing and maybe a chemical treatment or washing. This process must be repeated until the correct fit is achieved. We used to think that an extra monster is included in the production price and does not entail any extra costs but nowadays we know that such a sample costs a lot in terms of the environment. We have to develop towards more quality instead of quantity with the help of a pattern cutter a better fit can be achieved faster with fewer models.
A pattern maker is essential to any fashion company; he or she is responsible for the fit of the brand but can also advise on body measurements, sizing, size labels, material handling and digital transfer of patterns and professional communication with the factory.
A freelance pattern maker can be employed for the development of new items. When this is done locally the communication will be easier; fitting the model becomes more comfortable because we can see and touch the garment. We can also choose a mannequin we believe is representative to the brand. It is easier to make a toile or mock-up and test fabric and processing. This will prevent all sorts of problems before the model goes into production. Almost all foreign manufacturers work with a CAD system which means that the locally developed patterns can be quickly send over the internet.
In some cases there is a fantastic relationship with a foreign manufacturer who also makes all the patterns. Unfortunately you have not been able to develop the new correct fit satisfactorily even after receiving several samples. The development of a “basic block pattern or “flat pattern” can offer the solution. These patterns are developed locally and are the starting point for all derived models in fit and possibly in the gradations.
A collaboration with an independent pattern cutter can complement the existing production department when there is a shortage of personnel or a temporary replacement is needed. An advantage of hiring a freelancer can be that there is no permanent employment, while there may be a permanent relationship. There are no annual costs associated with the purchase of a CAD system or the use of the license, but it can be used. There is no need to invest in; recruitment costs, insurance, starting period, notice period or training.
Customer-friendly, always service-oriented and always trying to be an asset in the process, making use of everyone’s personal quality, so we will develop an impressive creation or collection together!
Over the years I have always tried to maintain the quality and level of knowledge high and treat each customer as an individual; patterns that I make are not “standard” but completely tailored to the brand.
I am the founder of Confec Pattern Agency, since 2005 a (clothing) pattern maker focused on the fashion industry located in Huizen, North Holland.
After completing my education at the MTS for Fashion & Clothing in 1992, I worked for various companies as a pattern maker, including a pattern service agency. This working method appealed to me because the work was so diverse; always a different customer with different wishes in terms of fit and design.
My last employer was Turnover International where I held the position of “Team Leader Cad Cam” and “Head of Coupe Department for eight years.
I have been an independent entrepreneur since the end of 2005.