I guess today’s the day for projects because I have another one. With your help -and I do need your help- we’re going to do a design review to select which design I will be prototyping. If we do this right, this exercise should help you guide your own thinking when reviewing your own sketches.
This project could also be considered part three of the saran wrap pattern making tutorial because I’ll be making a jacket of the boy’s design from the wrap I did in part two. Once I get to the pattern portion of this project I’ll start labeling posts with saran wrap in the title or something. Then again, once we have a style number, maybe I’ll rename the thread with the style number. If you’re suggesting ideas, you’ll have to number your submissions too. I’ll probably start a thread over in the forum under “discuss blog topics” if there’s a lot of interest.
Anyway, this first part is a design review. We have 5 styles to pick from. Actually, only 3. I mislabeled two of the pictures he drew not realizing those were back views. Your mission -should you choose to accept it- is to help me troubleshoot these concepts. Likewise, you are amply encouraged to submit design refinements of your own. The boy’s sketches are shown below:
Here are some issues to guide the discussion:
Fabrication: We haven’t selected a fabrication yet. I’m weighing in towards leather because I have a lot I need to get rid of. The designer says “fabric” but otherwise is non-specific.
Sourcing: The zipper he’s illustrated is an item he says he’s seen around lately. Supposedly it’s a wider/fatter zipper that’s newly fashionable. I haven’t seen the likes of it and need to get one.
Colors: I’m not wild on the idea of white shell with those contrasting colors. Actually, knowing my kid -hell, for that matter, me- white is a poor choice. Especially in “fabric”. I’ve tried to explain the issue of color bleeding but have gotten nowhere. Perhaps the designer will get it if you explain.
Refinement: I like the overall concept -although he’s drawn other designs before that I like better than these- but I think the lines of these could be cleaned up a bit.
Design details: The collar is going to be a problem. Then again, maybe I’ll end up “inventing” a new kind of collar. I already told him that #11004 (a back view) is going to be a problem. I think it’s one of those things that might look cool in a sketch but won’t work in real life. Also, I’m not sure how the sleeves and hems are finished either.
Functional elements: No pockets are illustrated so we’ll have to add those. A coat is worthless otherwise. The contrasting pieces may need to be altered just a tad because I’m thinking I can stick in some pockets invisibly in those seams.
Budget: The designer has offered to pay me $50 :)! While that’s obviously untenable in real life, I’d like to discuss the costs of prototype design as we go along. In this case, since the costs of design development are so high, I’d prefer to stick to a bomber type styled jacket. I have all the ribbing and what not but then, we’d really be pushing the limits of “design creep”.
Time line: He says he wants this for his birthday in May but I think May is just a little too toasty to wear it. While it’s nice he’s not pushing for a turn around next week, I would like to finish this in January.
Illustration: I think it’d be fun if we had an illustrator in our midst who’d volunteer to clean up the style once we selected one. Anybody out there who can draw?
Construction: As a pattern maker and regarding the sewing of those design contrast pieces, I can go one of two ways. One would be sewing dot-to-dot which requires deadly accuracy in pattern making (my favorite, I love to show off). The other way -which is easier sewing-wise but more work pattern-wise- is proprietary and I’m not willing to publish that portion of the construction except by subscription (or those who’ve donated to support the site).
So have at it. Hopefully the designer will be posting his own comments too.