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About Makers HQ

Makers HQ is a unique collaboration between Plymouth College of Art, the Millfields Trust, and the Stonehouse local community to reignite fashion manufacturing in the city.

The company launched their commercial sampling studio in August 2018, to offer services to emerging designers and established brands, whilst retaining talent here in the South West. Services available at the studio include pattern drafting, single sample making, manual and digital pattern work via an Optitex system, and short production runs. The facilities at the studio are able to manufacture multiple product types ranging from swimwear and lingerie, casualwear, a...

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Samples are prototypes made to model design ideas and made in order to finalize the pattern for production. Sampling should take place during the first phase of design (R&D) because you can’t get to selling (second phase) if you don’t have production (third phase). There are a few types of samples usually made, the main ones being prototype/toile, 1st sample, sealed/final sample, salesman sample, pre-production sample.
In sewing and fashion design, a pattern is the template from which the parts of a garment are traced onto the chosen make material before being cut out and assembled. Patterns are usually made of paper to begin with or digitally, and are sometimes made of sturdier materials like paperboard or cardboard if they need to be more robust to withstand repeated use.
Production is the process of manufacturing the final product in multiples, based on an order placed by the buyer. Usually, production takes place after Minimum order quantity requirements are met and sample approved and prices agreed.
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