The difference between the designer and the dressmaker
By offering the tailoring service I have realized the confusion that these two figures generate for people. For those who do not work in the sector it can be easy to confuse it but there are important differences between both professions although both are necessary and should not coexist without one another.
To clarify this, I begin by asking you if you understand the difference between an architect and a mason or a mechanical engineer and a mechanic.
As in the previous professions, a person (the designer) who thinks about the garments or an entire collection at the whole level is also needed to find the desired design, print and harmony, while a person (the dressmaker) who executes that work.
To understand it better, a garment is usually created in the following 5 steps: design; choice of colors and fabrics; pattern design; cut; making.
The most common is that the designer takes care of the first 3 stages (design; choice of colors and materials; pattern design), for her studies and technical knowledge:
The design, the choice of colors and materials must take into account the
trends and inspiration that have been taken, which implies a vision, study and accompaniment not only of fashion but also social and historical. The great mistake of many designers and dressmakers is to attach little importance to this
First phase, when in reality it is the most important of all because making a mistake in the color or style that customers are looking for will make all the difference between selling or not selling their clothes.
The pattern It is like the plan of the garment (on paper or a test cloth) that is made before cutting the garment on the materials to be used, to confirm that the garment has been well designed and constructed. This pattern should be built in a scaled way and with a technique that combines design, geometry and mathematics - this stage is fundamental (and perhaps the second most important stage after the design, choice of colors and materials) in the creation of the garment because It is the only way to ensure that the garment feels perfectly in the body measurements we have considered.
Normally this is the task that a dressmaker has no knowledge to perform and end up making clothes with previously made magazine patterns, or with "eye" patterns or simply not using any pattern.
In turn, the last 2 stages of the creation of a garment (cut; confection) usually correspond to the dressmaker since they involve manual work and experience is usually important for the correct execution of these steps:
The cut It does not involve much prior knowledge and is usually a relatively simple task.
Ya the making it is as important as the pattern because it requires a correct
combination of technique and practice in a hurry not to spoil the entire process. You can learn the different sewing techniques but only practice and experience can perfect them and make a garment go unpolluted. I have met many designers who barely know how to sew, which is also a mistake because you have to know the different possibilities when thinking about the garment.
It is true that I have seen dressmakers making very good dresses, without using any scaling pattern technique, as I have seen designers with a lot of experience in making and not envying the best dressmakers. I've also seen dressmakers with 30 years of experience and they still sew like the c * lo, just as I've seen people who go as a designer and design good crap or not
they have any pattern concept ...
Yes it is important that each of them has knowledge of all the 5 stages but it is equally important that each one has its function and is specialized in its part of the chain.
Already as advice for you:
- If what we want is a perfectly made basic garment or simply a copy of a garment already made or using a previously made pattern and taken from a magazine then go to the dressmaker;
- But if you really want a unique design, which has not been done before, designed for your body, your personality and tastes, the designer is the right professional to do that job. For all the superior technical knowledge that she has, she will be able to adapt the most current trends to the client, as well as make a perfect pattern of the chosen garment, so it will be very difficult for us to be disappointed.