Download the Garment Checking Process sheet, which runs through the order in which you should approach checking a garment. In this unit we’re going to look at the first page only.
We’ve already covered the visual check of the sample before you start editing, and have taken the critical measurements from the sample. These measurements will enable you to calculate the tension of the sample.
The next step is to compare the size of the sample with the measurements table on the pattern, and see if you can establish which size it is supposed to be. If it is not an exact match to any of the measurements on the pattern then it is probably due to one (or more) of the following:
- A difference in tension. Calculate the tension of the sample and compare with the pattern tension.
- Check the calculation of the actual Bust meas to make sure that it isn’t a maths error.
- Confirm that the stitch count on the sample is the same as the Bust stitch count for the sample size in the pattern.
Following the steps above will enable you to establish the tension and confirm the Bust stitch count. Remember that the Sample is the Truth! Pattern tension and actual measurements must be in line with the sample.
Once you’ve confirmed the Bust stitch count and meas of the sample size, you can check that the sample size is assigned to an appropriate sizing range for the type of construction.
The next step is to confirm the Bust stitch counts and actual Bust meas of all the grades and assess the overall grading using the sizing table of the pattern.