Everything begins with an idea, right? Well, that is very true but in the world of fashion, the true very first step to developing a product comes directly from the creation of your original prototype. A prototype is sort of a mock-up, a working model or rough draft of an item that basically captures the concept and essence of what eventually becomes the finished product.
Here’s a simplified look at how you would go about it.
1. Create Your Prototype
It isn’t easy to capture exactly what you visualize your product to look like and how you expect it to function. This is why it is very important to keep in mind that your first attempt at this – your initial prototype – is not going to be perfect. In fact, there are a lot of reasons where it may not be all that close to the final product design as alterations and revisions tend to change things. It’s okay, because revisions should assist in refining the product and making it better.
How Do You Create A Prototype?
Well, you happen to have two very clear options on this. Either you can do it yourself or you can hire a designer to create it for you. There are advantages and disadvantages to both but if you are creating a garment of some kind, you could do well with the assistance of a pattern cutter and sample maker. They would have the experience necessary to advise you on whether or not your design is actually doable and offer suggestions that could help it become more so.
2. The Testing And Correcting Phase
As we’ve indicated, your first prototype is going to be rather crude compared to your finished product. That’s okay because with the prototype you’ll be able to conduct various tests. The things you’ll be trying to determine will have to do with how the product looks, feels and functions. This includes correct sizing and how the materials interact with the design and are they comfortable to wear.
But you can’t do all the testing yourself. That’s because as objective as you may think you are, you are still testing a product that you have created. This is why you should also enlist the help of others. Try to find a few people who do not have a vested interest in the future of your product such as strangers. Have them test the item and give their honest feedback. Be prepared in case you hear things that you did not expect and remember that any and all feedback – good or bad – is going to help make your item better.
3. More Prototypes And Testing
Based on the feedback you’ve collected, you will have to make revisions to your prototype. This is a very normal part of the process. You may end up having to repeat the prototype and testing cycle more than once until you have the best possible working model of your garment. You just have to be patient and stay focused on the fact that you are aiming for a perfect finished product and in order for that to happen, the prototype has to be correct and functional.