The Missing Piece of The Puzzle

Posted by MakersValley on 6/5/17 5:09 PM

In Working with Your Manufacturer, Democratize Manufacturing

Whenever someone thinks of fashion design, the first thing that comes to mind is glamour and sparkle, but in reality there’s more to it. In order for that sparkly outfit to end up in your closet, there is a process that has to happen.

Fashion, like any source of culture, is a great jigsaw puzzle! You just need to put all the pieces together in order to get a unique product.


Let's think of this process as a puzzle.

We start by creating the edge in order to have a model that will serve as a guide to create the rest of the image. After we have the edges complete, we can use them as a base to put together the rest of the puzzle, piece by piece, until we put the last one in and reveal the final image. In order to finish the puzzl,e we'll need all of the pieces; if we are missing any piece, even if it is just one, we will never be able to see the complete image.

Well, the same happens in the fashion industry, in order to have the sparkly outfit in your closet, it needs to go through a process of design, development and production! This process is done step by step and if you miss only one step, you won't be able to bring your design to life. 

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The big idea

In the fashion puzzle, you collect all of the pieces and start assembling them together, piece by piece.

Based on your idea, you will be able to start creating the 'edge of the puzzle', which will be your guide to get your design from idea to reality.

Ok, so now you have an awesome idea, what’s next? You have to communicate your idea through visuals, make a sketch and have fun with it. Remember, it’s your idea and you can express it as you want it to be seen.

Get creative!


Follow the pattern

The next piece of the puzzle will be to turn your sketch into a pattern. After you have your flat pattern, you will need to put all of the pieces together to create a prototype of your product. Now you can see a sample of how your product is going to look and you will feel that all the pieces start to fit together and it all starts making sense.

But, dont get so comfortable, you are missing one last piece… IMG_6406.jpg

Produce it!

This part of the puzzle could be tricky. Why? Because you need to find a manufacturing partner to help you get that awesome idea into a tangible product. But how can you achieve this? At first, you may feel confused because all of the pieces are going to look similar, but soon you will find the one that fits you best.

Why is it so difficult? Because finding the right manufacturer is a make it or break it decision, but once you have it figured out, all of the pieces will fit together and you will have completed the puzzle and have your unique collection.

Are you up for the challenge? Let’s figure out this puzzle together!