Have you ever wondered why we started Pattern Room? Well, let me introduce myself - I'm Julia, and I've spent over three decades honing my craft as a master pattern maker in the fashion industry. For the past 15 years, I've run a business called Sample Room, specializing in product development for the textile industry.
My journey has taken me from crafting wetsuits to designing wedding dresses, from creating sportswear to swimwear, and from high-end women's fashion to adorable kids' wear. Yet, amidst all this diversity, there was a recurring issue. Sometimes, my clients would ask, "Why does it take so long when it's just a t-shirt?" I also encountered custom sportswear printers who were frustrated with the 2000 patterns they had acquired, only to discover that none of them quite worked. These patterns, accumulated over the years, had become outdated or incompatible with their evolving needs.
I knew there had to be a better way to streamline the process and provide support. Over the years, I've crafted well over 10,000 patterns, often recreating the same designs for different businesses. As a pattern maker in a trade that seemed to be fading, I was constantly under pressure to deliver quickly, ensuring our clients had the support they needed to serve their own customers efficiently. It was during these moments of reflection that Pattern Room was born.
After all, obtaining a well-fitting t-shirt or jumper shouldn't be an arduous task. My passion grew stronger as I reminisced about my career and the frustrations of working with tech packs and offshore manufacturers, struggling with ill-fitting patterns. There's nothing more frustrating than wasting time because the pattern maker on the other end doesn't grasp the intricacies of creating a well-fitting and comfortable garment.
Now, you might wonder about the technology behind our platform. The truth is, the technology isn't in the platform itself; it's in the art of creating the patterns, combined with years of dedicated work. We've been meticulously developing this pattern catalog for over a decade. Ten years of testing, refining, and resampling so that you don't have to. In the upcoming series, I'll delve into the details of individual styles, processes, and ways you can build your business using Pattern Room as your foundation. Because we understand that a perfectly fitting pattern is the cornerstone of business success. It's what makes your customers fall in love with your garments, wear them proudly, and recommend your business to others.