Let me introduce the sampling stages of garment development (Indian Styles!)
- 1st stage: prototypes
- 2nd stage
- Size Set
As I am only up to stage one I have no idea what the other seven stages yet involve, but they both excite and frighten me!
This week I got some of the prototypes of the first designs. The prototypes are the fully made up design in the right type of fairtrade organic cotton fabrics, but NOT in the right colours – colour tests come next – (so fear not, these are not for dressing mini all blacks). The first prototypes do not have any of the trims and prints either – so to you that is no pretty pictures on the garments yet.
The prototypes give an idea of how the fabric drapes, how the pockets look, the weight and the stretch of the fabric, and the basic shape and fit. There are some changes that I have already picked up need to happen, which is great, though frankly lets hope I get a bit more decisive by the time sample stage 6 comes around!
I must say they do feel lovely (all fairtrade organic cotton tends to feel very different from standard cotton).
Here they are (the Grinling Hoody is still to come)…..