We get a lot of questions regarding manufacturing and production services in the district. In an effort to better answer your questions, we partnered with Extreme Marking and Grading to answer the most frequently asked questions about marking and grading services in the LA Fashion District.
Grading refers to the process of creating additional sizes based on the sample garment; increasing or decreasing the measurements of a sample to create patterns for all necessary sizes. Then the patterns are fitted over fabric in the most efficient way possible. This secondary process is known as marking. Marking is the process of creating a guideline for how fabric should be cut to minimize waste. The “marker” is digitized and used during the production process.
The designer brings their pattern to a marking and grading specialist. It can be a paper pattern or digital file. (Paper patterns are digitized as part of the marking and grading process.) The pattern is then sized up and/or down (grading) and the production marker is created based on the new patterns.
First a pattern must be made. The designer then makes a sample from the pattern. Once the sample is finalized, it can proceed to the grading and marking process.
Be patient and don’t be afraid to make mistakes!
Extreme Marking and Grading specializes in first patterns, production patterns, duplicates, sample size runs, small productions, cutting, digitizing, grading, markers, file conversion, print outs, and marker plotting.
The company was founded by Jose Carlos Aguirre in 2001, who began his career in the apparel industry at the age of 14 working in a sewing workshop in Mexico.
Extreme Marking & Grading Inc.
719 S Los Angeles St #380
Los Angeles, CA 90014