There is a new Wren bag in the pipeline and for it I needed more knowledge and skills than I had. So, I joint up with a talented a fashion design student to help develop the pattern and make the sample.

The bag design is relatively simple and the only reason I outsourced it is becuase it will take 10 times longer for me to do, by watching a ‘professional’ I thought I could learn a few tricks (as I am a self-taught pattern maker) and I had no idea how to sew the pattern pieces together once they were made (I needed to be shown). Sadly, the quality of the sample bag is not up to scratch and after a month and a half of waiting for the sample to be complete, I have decided to just accept the poorly made bag and do it myself – properly. This is not the first time I have been disappointed by quality.

As I understand and see it, if you are rendering a service of any kind you do it as best you can. If you do it well, by word of mouth I guarantee that you will get business and ultimately, make more money. It is sad that this is not understood as common sense.

Quality makes a huge difference and I feel that in a world where we have so much stuff, and so much junk, we need to value quality and offer quality. Wouldn’t it be great if we all respected materials (and I do not just mean fabric) enough to make it become the best product it could be. It boils down to respecting nature, yourself and having pride in what you do.

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  1. Laura says:

    I wholeheartedly agree about treating materials and projects with the utmost respect as well as your focus on quality.

    One thing I would say though, is not to be too tough on your student, who after all is technically NOT a professional. I’m not sure what kind of school this person was going to but the sad truth is that the patternmaking courses taught in most Fashion Programs, are not at all in line with industry standards of patternmaking, so it is quite possible that the poor quality sample reflected the teaching. (Though of course, the student should be aware of his/her limitations when offering a service.) Just a thought.

  2. Jesse says:

    I agree with you. Sometimes it’s actually easier in the long run to do something yourself – not only are you sure of the quality, but you also learn about and fully understand the process.

  3. Steffi says:

    Yes, I agree with you too!Quality is really important but unfortunately the most peoples don´t like pay the higher prices for higher quality because they don´t see the material and work which you need for one bag or clothes.
    Have a nice day!