Pattern, mold, difference between it

Everyone who began to realize his dream of sewing off a collection, and turned to professional designers, often heard a new and unfamiliar word "mold". The first thing that comes to mind as a synonym is a pattern. Well, let's figure out if there are differences between these terms and what they are.

Those who are engaged in sewing as a personal hobby know that in order to cut a product, a pattern is needed. They are usually taken from the Internet or from magazines like Burda. A pattern usually has several details, and is the basis for sewing a particular product.

Often, the pattern is transferred to various materials: paper, tracing paper. All this is perfectly acceptable when you sew at home and for yourself. But all professional ateliers / workshops do not work according to this scheme, they use molds. Molds are not a pattern, they are a ready-made template, on the basis of which you can make a pattern for the whole batch and all sizes. Molds have a clear pairing of all cuts, seam allowances.

One model of future clothes includes a set of such molds:
- molds for the details of the top
- details of the lining (if any)
- shallow molds, etc.
- specification for molds
And the list goes on, it depends on the product and its complexity.

Thus, clothing molds are a full-fledged template on the basis of which a batch of clothing is prepared. This is the final version, which is built, tested on a test sample of the product and includes everything that a production needs for quality tailoring.

What do you need to make molds? First of all, the technical task for the product. An ordinary photo may not be enough, you need to at least add information on the sizes of parts, the materials from which it will be sewn, the size range for which the batch will be made (especially important in the case of non-standard figures - athletes, children, etc.).
Based on this information, the designer develops molds, conducts preliminary fitting using 3D technologies, and sends you the result for approval. After possible edits, you get directly the molds of your model, with a full range of sizes.
It is these patterns that are the main one for further sewing off first a test sample, and then a complete batch of a product.

In my work I use professional CAD system Grace, and for visualization and control - Clo3d. As a result, you get a visual check of the product even before the sample is sewn, which significantly reduces the development time for the entire collection. All this together gives confidence in the quality of work and the end result.

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