Technical Drawing for the Fashion Industry

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Technical drawings are also often referred to as tech sketches, line drawings, design development sketches (DDS) and even flats. 

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Technical drawing, also known as drafting or draughting, is the act and discipline of composing drawings that visually communicate how something functions or is to be constructed. Technical drawing is essential for communicating ideas regarding clothing, footwear and fashion accessories.

  Moda de Vida Design (Canada) : Moda de Vida Design is in the business of providing Pattern Management Solutions to the Apparel Industry. Services include Pattern Making, Grading, Marker Making, Plotting and Technical Fashion Drawing, all at competitive prices. With over 15 years of patternmaking experience, the Moda de Vida team can help your company make the transition to CAD Pattern Management without a large outlay of capital for software and hardware.  They can also provide hard paper patterns if required.  Wendy Armbruster Bell, owner and head patternmaker, Graduated with Distinction from the Fashion Design & Technology Program at Kwantlen University College in 1995. Wendy also teaches fashion-related courses at the college level. Moda de Vida Design uses OptiTex and Freeborders software and is a member of Apparel BC and Women's Work Force.   Address: 1501 Marine Crescent, Coquitlam, BC, Canada V3J 5X4 Phone: 604.202.7788 E:  Contact: Wendy Armbruster Bell

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  Music City Fashion Design : Music City Fashion Design is a full stack front end fashion design agency with specialties in womenswear, menswear, lingerie, and swim. With over 35yrs of combined experience, their designers are able to tackle any apparel design project. Clients lean heavily on their 3D modeling which helps cut down the sample process and lends to a more sustainable development process. Their services include: Trend forecasting, Line Development, Technical Sketches, 3D Modeling, Patterns, Tech Packs. Address: 6688 Nolensville Rd #108-42 Brentwood, TN 37027 Phone: 615-200-0076 Email: Contact Name: Ryan Paradis 

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  U & I Brand Consulting: They are a team of fashion/graphic & technical designers; they work with emerging and existing designers to cultivate a brand worth creating, talking about and sharing with the rest of the world. They also provide the following services: sample making, pattern making, tech packs, grading , sourcing and consulting services.  Address: 453 S. Spring St. Suite #728 Los Angeles, CA 90013 213-761-4815 Contact: Sheila Martinez 

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  ZW Designs:  Patternmaking, grading, markermaking, technical design, specifications, design, samples, product development, CAD/cAM Service Bureau for established as well as start-up companies.  Over 25 years in the apparel trade.  They provide Specification Services and Product Development Georgia, USA Phone 770/513-0906 

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The technical sketch is used in practice to present the pattern or model, which is based on the idea of the fashion sketch. Fashion Flat sketches, also sometimes referenced as fashion flats or flat drawings, technical flats, or “flats” in the fashion industry, are a black and white fashion technical drawing that shows a garment as if it were laid flat to display all seams, topstitching, hardware, and any other design details. Technical drawings can be created by hand or software.  Examples of software would be, Adobe Illustrator which is an essential tool for technical fashion drawing, and is widely used in industry by designers, pattern cutters, etc.  Most companies will have at least a front and back drawing for each garment.

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