I find patternmaking can be an exhausting process because by nature I'm a perfectionist. This makes developing a new style for the range a long, drawn out exercise as I go through multiple revisions, metres of patternmaking card and many samples.
On the bright side, by the time a pattern is production ready I am very confident that it fits well and looks good on. Having three fit models in the house is very handy. The boys each have a few pairs of new Short Longs to wear this coming summer.
I'm glad I have the (limited) pattern and garment making skills myself, as outsourcing this many revisions would be an expensive process.
I was a bit stumped last week because I really needed to see the shorts on one and two year olds. Our youngest is nearly four and my friends' children are now older too. Then I struck on a bright idea and called up the creche that Tom and Henri went to. Fortuitously, it's 20 metres from our front door. So I headed over to the creche with sample garments in hand to find two willing fit models and a helpful carer.
I'm pleased and relieved to say the Short Longs went into production last week and will be ready soon.