Today was one of those days where I was busy all day long and didn’t seem to get anything done. I’m sure everyone has days like that. Mostly I did some site work; that is never ending and goes on in the background. It’s usually seamless unless I really louse it up. Anyway, in the process of uploading some forms from my book so they can be modified by users electronically, I came across this little quiz I had stuck in the back of my book. How well will you do on it? I think I’ll select a winner from entries in comments and give away a copy of my book as a prize. Won’t that be fun? The drawing will be random, winner to be selected next Monday June 1st at 12:00 or thereabouts. I think random is best because someone who gets everything right doesn’t need the book and if I gave it to the worst performer, people might not do their best.
True or False:
- A product is high quality if you use expensive fabrics and buttons.
- If products are ruined at the dry cleaners, it’s nearly always the dry cleaners fault.
- If products shrink when they’re washed, it’s due to defective or low quality textiles.
- If a retailer won’t buy your products, it’s because they have really lousy taste.
- It’s okay to name your designs because you’re a very small company and this rule doesn’t apply to you. Besides, numbers are too “corporate”.
- To make sure and fast money, you should grab all the department store accounts you’re offered.
- It’s a good idea for start-ups to make several kinds of products (like purses and swimsuits) in order to increase over-all selling possibilities.
- Family and friends are good judges of your design ideas; they’ll know which are the best bets.
- You must be careful when ordering fabrics or using trade services; this is how ideas are stolen.
- You don’t need to pre-test your fabrics because you’ve been working with this kind of fabric long enough to know how it will perform.
- You can patent your design ideas.
- You can tell if a pattern maker is good with an interview and college transcripts.
- Sewing contractors have high minimums; it’s impossible to have just one item made.
- If a product is ordered at market, you must manufacture it or you will lose customers.
- It’s fine to use store-bought patterns since no one can tell and it saves a lot of money.
- As the company owner, people should just do what you tell them with no questions asked.
- If trade people won’t quote prices, it’s because they’re trying to guess how much money you have, so they can get more of it.
- It’s okay to cut and sew the items before you have any orders.
- The rules don’t apply to you because you’re a one person company and you do everything yourself.
Who is at fault if…
- The stripes don’t match.
- Pockets are crooked.
- Too much fabric is wasted.
- Sleeve caps pucker.
- Costs too much to sew.
- Vest points curl up.
- Collars won’t line up correctly.
What are the three basic stages of manufacturing?
- What is a style number?
- What’s the difference between a sloper and a block?
- CM&T means C_____ , M______ & T______ .
- What is a marker?
- What is allocation?
- What is a stock or base size and what size is it?
- What is grading?
- What is a prototype?
- What is torquing?
- In which stage of manufacturing are patterns graded?
Answers to this quiz are in part two.