Pattern grading is the process of turning base size or sample size patterns into additional sizes using a size specification sheet or grading increments. This can be done manually or digitally using computerized pattern cutting software. The increments used are referred to as garment grading rules, and there are different
grading rules for each specific clothing market area and level.
Standard grading rules are sometimes given as ergonomic measurements of the body, either online or in pattern grading books but usually when producing your own clothing line you will want to design a bespoke grading system to target specific consumers. As there are no industry standard grading rules used in the UK it would be beneficial to research your consumer and competitors in order to formulate the most effective grading system for your target market.
Grading is a necessary step before approaching sample manufacturers or factories, as typically they will require card sets of your patterns as well as a minimum order of garments to be produced. We can provide graded card sets of base size patterns, which we can receive through email or digitize in from paper manual patterns. Having a variety of sizes for each of your garments also fills out your minimum garment order more cost effectively than having 100 size 8 garments for example.