DEO Aids German Fashion Designer With Digitization Services for New Launch

Our Client – Women's Apparel Designer

The client is an apparel designer based in Germany. Their target market consists mainly of women. The client designs and creates clothing, specifically dresses, in a variety of styles and sizes.

Requirements for Digitizing the Paper Project

The client designs dress and then manufactures them using dress patterns (designs drawn on thin paper sheets which are used to trace the designs onto fabric). Because they replicate some designs and mix-and-match elements from different designs to create new ones, they requested that Data Entry Outsourced (DEO) assist them with scanning their dress patterns (which they would provide) and digitizing them for easier use in future.

Challenges Faced By Our Team

Because the dress patterns are made of thin paper sheets, they wrinkle easily which made them extremely difficult to scan properly. This particular challenge was resolved by ironing out the patterns on a low temperature to get rid of the wrinkles and make the sketches and details easier to see.

Also, because a single dress is made up of several parts of a dress pattern, to understand the design and what the final product would look like, the team needed to carefully combine all the parts of the entire dress pattern together which was a time-consuming and tedious process in itself.

DEO's Data Entry and Digitization Process

DEO's step-by-step process:

  • The client requested that we assist them with scanning their dress patterns and digitizing them for easier use in the future.
  • The client provided the dress patterns for 25 designs, each with 15 to 20 parts for each design.
  • It was decided that three team members would be assigned to this project and that they would scan and digitize one dress design a day, completing the project in approximately 30 days.
  • Each part of each dress pattern was carefully ironed out at a low temperature to remove any wrinkles and make sketches and details easier to see.
  • Each part of each dress pattern was carefully scanned, and then Photoshop was used to add in extra details, such as the emphasis on where pleats and cuts should go, to the digitized patterns.
  • The digitized copies of the dress patterns were then saved and sent to the client.

Project Takeaways

By outsourcing the scanning and digitization of their dress patterns to DEO, the client was able to save valuable time and money by not having to learn to use the necessary software and purchase the necessary equipment needed for scanning and digitizing the patterns. They were impressed with the quick turnaround time and quality of the final product.

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