This really isn’t a pop quiz but it’s pop something, that’s for sure. This is from Rita (the Russian pattern maker). She’s working in technical design these days so often, her job is to parcel out work to contractors off shore. This particular vendor is from China. Rita says:
Here is what I was working on today. I am attaching a photo of the Front panel pattern I received from one of my vendors – this is their idea of a cowl collar. I hope you a smile out of this. I wanted to cry.
As a refresher, this is what a cowl neckline looks like; I made this top 3 or 4 years ago (I love all the old vintage stuff). Rita says that other than that this top is fitted with a side french dart, this looks similar to what she wanted.
Based on the sketch she sent, below is the pattern she got from the vendor. The little photo is difficult to see so there’s also a larger photo (100kb) to look at too.
I think you’d agree that the above is a monstrosity. Check out the placement and notching of those folds (below).
So Rita bounced it back to the contractor. Below is a sketch of the second pattern she got.
This looks better but it is still way off the mark. Compare the sketch above to another cowl pattern shown below. Although the pattern below is fitted, it wouldn’t affect those folds at the neckline so use those as points of comparison.
I can see why Rita would be frustrated by the pattern work from the vendor. This is just going to go back and forth endlessly. She ended up having to -very laboriously- explain to them to open up those tucks to allow cowl folds.
No wonder everything is so simplistic and junky today. I do not understand why companies think that just because they have their production done abroad, that they have to do their product development there too. Assuming they get style configuration details correctly, there are endless fitting problems.