Grading is the method used to create a range of sizes from a fully developed garment pattern prior to manufacturing.
When to Grade
We would advise that you need to be 100% happy with your garments design, fit and construction methods and that all modifications have been made to your pattern before asking us to grade it.
You can consult with your pattern maker and sample machinist or use our pattern checking and sampling service to spot issues before grading.
How can we help
We can grade garments to your size specifications or help you develop grading rules and size specifications for your company. There are a number of different grading methods and sizing conventions which can be used and we can discuss which are best for you. Our grading charges are based on the number of pattern pieces and sizes to be graded. We have a minimum charge of three sizes for grading and the price per size is based on the number of pattern pieces and complexity of the garment. Non standard garments that are more avant-garde in cut or construction need to be assessed on an individual basis.
Prices are for digital grading using consistent grade increments. It includes pattern digitising/conversion, a digital file/print of the stacked grade. We can digitise paper patterns or can accept digital copies from a number of different systems If you want a digital copy of the grading we can export the files into 8 different formats which can be read by Gerber, Lectra and a range of other CAD and apparel software.
There is a 10% surcharge for each size of inconsistent or jump grades.
Additional grades printed at a cost of £2.00 per metre of paper/£10 minimum charge.
All sizes of a pattern can be individually plotted onto paper ready to cut out at a cost of £2.00 per metre of paper/£10 minimum charge.
Information correct as of publication 06/11/2018