The Association of Sewing and Design Professionals, Inc. (the Association)
is pleased to endorse the following Standards of Quality for Custom
Clothing. These standards represent the accepted level of quality and the
specified level of proficiency required by professional custom clothiers.
These standards also represent the five major areas of expertise a
professional custom clothier must practice in order to consistently produce a
quality product. The five areas are as follows: Sewing Technique, Fit
(encompassing Pattern Manipulation and Alteration), Textiles and Visual
One of the reasons for forming the Association was to provide a venue
within which professionals, working as custom clothiers, could adopt
standards of quality for the clothing products they produce. Standards that
specifically address their practices and products have never before been
written by and for custom clothiers. The Association's hope is that through
the use of these Standards, a consistency in the quality of custom clothing
will begin to be commonly recognized by professionals throughout North
America. These Standards will be adopted within the membership of the
Association, and hopefully will spread to custom clothing students and home
sewers as well.
If Standards of Quality are to work well, they must give specific guidelines,
so that custom clothiers can have a consistent measurement of quality for
their products. This document was written giving specific guideline
information that can be used as reference when evaluating a garment for
meeting these quality standards. Each area provides a comprehensive and
specific set of standards for each section in a garment's construction. It is
important to remember that Standards address a finished garment and its
appearance; they do not address the steps or techniques that it takes to
achieve the finished result. These Standards can be read as a whole, or used
for reference in checking the standard for the individual sections within a
garment's design and construction. Visual drawings have been included only
where necessary as an explanation of that particular standard(s). Each
section is inclusive of all the standards that specifically address that section.
Even though this is repetitive, this will aid in its usage as a reference guide
when information is needed for a particular section only.


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