Collections Section

The Collections section is where you can create and manage collections and styles, update and print garment specifications (specs) for new styles as well as archive individual collections and styles.

Selecting the Collections section from the main menu will take you to the Collections dashboard. Here you can;

1. Create a new collection - (Click on the '+ NEW COLLECTION' link, create a name for your new collection and click 'CREATE').

2. Within a collection, create a new style - (Click on the '+ NEW STYLE' link, create a name for your new style and click 'CREATE').

Collections

Once a collection has been created, it will appear at the top of the Collections section. Selecting a collection will take you within the collection panel and will give you the option to create a new style. Here you can sort and manage all styles within that collection.

Styles

At the top of the window is the name of the style you are in, the current status of the style (see Style Measurements panel or Development Summary tab for more information) and an 'ACTIONS' button, which you can select to either print, preview, duplicate or archive the current style. For more information see Collection Actions.

Below that, the main Style window is split into 8 different tabs.

  • Design Brief
  • Measurements
  • Construction
  • Cutting List
  • Alterations
  • Grade
  • Dev Summary
  • Reference Library

Design Brief Tab

The Design brief tab is the default tab because it is the natural starting point when creating specs for a new style. This is where are a designer can add all the basic information about the new style, that other members of the design room, such as the pattern maker or specification technician, can work from to develop the style.

The design brief includes the following panels; Basic Information, Fabric Details, Accessory Details, Style Image 1, Style Image 2 and Designer's Notes.

Basic Information Panel

As its title suggests, this is where all the basic information about the new style is stored. Information such as;

  • Date: Date the style was created.
  • Story: Name of style story.
  • Style Name: Name of garment style.
  • Style No.: User created number/reference for the style.
  • Season: Season or Collection the style belongs to.
  • Designer: Name of the designer responsible for the new style.
  • Pattern Maker: Name of pattern maker responsible for the new style.
  • Pattern No.: User created reference for the pattern associated with this style.
  • Sample Size: Automatically generated when a fit model is selected.
  • Fit Model: The fit model linked to this style. Select from one of the fit models in the drop down list (The fit model tab in the Label section must be completed).

The basic information tab is not exclusive to the design brief section. All the tabs in the Style Specs section begin with this panel and information can be added or updated in any tab, so if the user filling out the Design Brief doesn’t know the pattern number for example, that can be updated by another member of the design room, even in another tab and the updated information with be reflected in the Design Brief.

Fabric Details (Design Brief) Panel

The fabric details panel (design brief) is where the user can enter all the basic fabric details related to the new style. This panel is split into the following columns:

  • Type: Refers to the fabric component of the style (e.g Self, Contrast 1 etc). Choose from the selections in the drop down list or add a new fabric type.
  • Description: the description of the fabric for that component.
  • Width: the width in cm of the fabric.
  • Supplier: the supplier the fabric is to be sourced from.
  • Code: internal reference code for the fabric.
  • Colour: colour of the fabric.

You can add, update or delete any of the records in the Fabric Details panel by clicking on the 'EDIT' button. This will launch the panels edit mode. Once you are happy with the information you can click the 'SAVE' button or you can click the 'CANCEL' button to exit out of edit mode and return to the previously saved state.

Accessory Details (Design Brief) Panel

The Accessory Details panel (design brief) is where the user can enter all the basic details related to the accessories used in the new style. This panel is split into the following columns:

  • Type: Refers to the type of Accessory used (drop-down selection).
  • Description: The description of the accessory used (text).
  • Size: The size in cm of the accessory (text).
  • Supplier: The supplier the accessory is to be sourced from (text).
  • Code: The internal reference code for the accessory (text).
  • Colour: The colour of the accessory (text).

You can add, update or delete any of the records in the Accessory Details panel by clicking on the 'EDIT' button. This will launch the panels edit mode. Once you are happy with the information you can click the 'SAVE' button or you can click the 'CANCEL' button to exit out of edit mode and return to the previously saved state.

Style Image Panels 1 and 2

This is where you can import a reference image in .jpg or .pdf image format.

Click where it says 'drop a file or click to select one' to access your device’s file system and navigate to your image. Once you have successfully chosen the image to import select 'OPEN', or simply drag and drop an image into the box. The selected image should display inside the panel.

Designer's Notes (Design Brief) Panel

The notes panel allows you to enter any notes or instructions about the style.

To add, update or delete any notes just click into the panel and edit as necessary. Clicking outside the panel will save the changes and pressing the 'ESC' key will cancel any changes and return the notes panel to the previously saved state.

 

Measurements Tab

The measurements tab is where all the styles key measurements and measurement tolerances are recorded. It’s also where Quadrant really starts to show off it’s more powerful features.

The Measurements tab is made up of four panels; Basic information, Style Measurements, Technical Drawing 1 and Technical Drawing 2. The information in all four panels is either completely or partly populated by work done in either the Design Brief Tab or the Label Section.

The Basic Information panel is populated by information entered in the Design Brief Tab but can be added to or updated in any of the Style Tabs, including the Measurements Tab.

If the Style Image 1 panel and the Style Image 2 panel were populated in the Design Brief, the images will display in the corresponding panels in the Measurements Tab.

The most important section in the Measurements Tab is the Style Measurements panel. When working with a new style there are several steps in completing this section;

Step 1.  Pick a block.

From the drop-down field select one of the Garment Blocks that have been completed in the Label Rules tab of the Label Section. Note: You will be required to validate your selection by clicking 'SELECT' because your choice can’t be changed beyond this step.

Step 2.  Select the Status.

From the drop-down field select the current status of the Style. The first default status is 'Draft 1', but as the style is developed through 'Toile', 'Prototype 1' etc to 'Finished Garment' the status can be updated and any adjustments to the styles measurements can be recorded throughout the styles development cycle. The measurement history of the style is recorded and automatically updated as the style moves through its development cycle in the Development Summary Tab.

If there is a status in your workflow that isn’t listed in the status list it can be added and positioned in the correct order by clicking on the 'CREATE NEW STATUS' button.

Type in the name of the new status and select the appropriate position that this status fits within the workflow process. As with Step 1, you will be asked to confirm that you wish to update the status ('CREATE & SELECT NEW STATUS') as this action should not be done by mistake. Upon setting the initial status to update the styles measurements you will be able to update the styles status by selecting the 'NEXT' link to the right of where the current status is displayed.

Upon completing Step 1 and 2 the Style Measurements panel will automatically populate with all the Description, Measurements and Measurement Tolerances values from the selected Block in the Garment Rules tab in the Label Section.

Editing measurement and tolerance values and adding additional measurements.

Clicking on the 'EDIT' button at the bottom of the Style Measurements panel will launch its edit mode and allow you to update any of the measurement and tolerance values of the default measurements linked to the Block you selected as the basis of your style. All the default measurements are Fit Key Measurements (fit-related measurements) and so crucial for generating Style Maps for the style, once it’s completed, however you can also add as many additional style specific measurements as you wish by clicking the 'ADD GARMENT MEASUREMENT' button, as required. Select the 'SAVE' button once you are happy with your changes.

Step 3. Selecting measurements for Quality Assurance (QA)

Once you have completed the initial process of setting up a block and production status, you can then select specific measurements to be tested for Quality Assurance. The selected measurements will be visible to manufacturers as a reference during the QA process. You can then upload a technical drawing with reference letters on it that will correspond to the measurements that have been selected for QA checking.

Construction Tab

The Construction tab is where all the key information pertaining to the style's construction is recorded. It allows the design room team to add and record more detail than is recorded in the Design Brief. This is also where information is organised by colourways. As you arrive to the Construction tab page, you will notice a pre-created colourway.

Each new colourway includes the following panels: all of which will be populated based off the information entered into the Design Brief.

  • Fabric Details
  • Accessory Details
  • Specialty Service
  • Stitching Detail

External to colourways, however still within the Construction tab, the following panels are also included;

  • Basic Information (which remains the same throughout the style)
  • Seam Allowance
  • Hem Allowance
  • Construction Notes - which are not linked to the colourways as this information generally stays the same.

Basic Information panel

See Basic Information (Design Brief) panel

Fabric Details (Construction) Panel

The Fabric Details panel in the Construction tab is initially populated by the information recorded in the corresponding panel in the Design Brief Tab. However, there is an additional 'Meterage (Mtge)' field in the Fabric Details panel in the Construction tab often used by the pattern maker. Once the Fabric Details (Construction) panel is updated, the link to the Fabric Details (Design Brief) panel is severed and editing either panel will not effect the information in the other.

  • Type: The fabric component of the style (e.g Self, Contrast 1 etc). (drop-down selection).
  • Description: The description of the fabric for that component (text).
  • Width: The width in cm of the fabric (text).
  • Meterage: The quantity of fabric used in metres (text).
  • Supplier: The supplier the fabric is to be sourced from (text).
  • Code: The internal reference code for the fabric (text).
  • Colour: The colour of the fabric (text).

Accessory Details (Construction) Panel

The Accessory Details panel in the Construction tab is initially populated by the information recorded in the corresponding panel in the Design Brief Tab. However, there is an additional 'Quantity' field in the Accessory Details panel in the construction tab often used by the pattern maker. Once the Accessory Details (Construction) panel is updated the link to the Accessory Details (Design Brief) panel is severed and editing either panel will not effect the information in the other.

This panel includes the following fields;

  • Type: Refers to the type of Accessory used (drop-down selection).
  • Description: The description of the accessory used (text).
  • Size: The size in cm of the accessory (text).
  • Quantity: The quantity of accessories used (text).
  • Supplier: The supplier the accessory is to be sourced from (text).
  • Code: The internal reference code for the accessory (text).
  • Colour: The colour of the accessory (text).

Specialty Service

Includes the following fields;

  • Type: The type of specialty service or treatment used (drop-down selection).
  • Description: The description of the service or treatment (text).
  • Width: The width of the service of treatment (as required) (text).
  • Quantity: The amount of the specialty service of treatment used (text).
  • Supplier: The supplier of the service or treatment (text).
  • Code: The internal code for the service or treatment (text).
  • Colour: The colour of the service or treatment (text).

Top Stitching Detail

Includes the following fields;

  • Stitch Type: The type of stitch used (drop down selection),
  • Area: The area on the garment where the stitching detail is used (text).
  • Colour: The colour of the thread used (text).

Seam Allowance panel

Includes the following fields;

  • Width: The width of the seam in mm (drop down selection).
  • Position: The position, or placement, of the seam on the garment (text).
  • Type: The type of seam used (drop down selection).

Hem Allowance panel

Includes the following fields;

  • Depth: The depth of the hem in mm (drop down selection),
  • Position: The position, or placement, of the hem on the garment (text).
  • Type: The type of hem used (drop down selection).

Construction Notes

The construction notes panel is where any specific construction instructions or notes about the style can be recorded.

 

Cutting List Tab

The Cutting List tab is where you can record and keep track of the samples and toile’s created in developing the style, as well as the styles label details.

The Cutting List tab includes the following panels; Basic Information, Cutting Orders, Label Details.

Basic Information Panel

See Basic Information (Design Brief) panel.

Cutting Orders Panel

The Cutting Orders panel allows you to record the details and keep track of both Toile Orders and Sample Orders.

Both types of orders include a Fabric Details Panel, Cutting Order Panel and Cutting Instructions Panel. However, The Fabric Details panel in a new Sample Order will pull in the information from the Fabric Details panel in the Construction tab, where as a new Toile Order will include a Fabric Details which is completely fresh.

A new Toile or Sample Order can be create by clicking either the '+ TOILE ORDER' or '+ SAMPLE ORDER' Buttons at the top of the panel. When a new cutting order is created is shows as a new tab in the Cutting Orders panel.

Fabric Details Panel

The fields in the Fabric details panel are explained in the Fabric Details (Construction) Panel.

Cutting Order Panel

The Cutting Order Panel allows you to specify what sizes in your styles size range that you want to be cut and in what colourway. You have the option to specify multiple sizes and multiple colourways to be cut for each new sample.

The size range is automatically generated by the size range settings linked to the block you have based your style on. For more details see Garment Rules Tab.

Cutting Instructions

For each new cutting order you can add cutting notes and instructions in this panel.

Label Details Panel

The Label Details panel is where you can record all the key information for Label, Size and Care labels that will be affixed to your finished style. This includes the ability to specify the position of each Label on the garment and an image of the labels (for instructions on how to import an image, see 'Style Image Panels 1 and 2')

 

Alterations Tab

The alterations tab is where you can record the details of any alterations to the style over its development including when those alterations were made and by who.

The Alterations tab includes the following panels; Basic Information and Alteration Summary.

Basic Information Panel

For more information see Basic Information Panel.

Alterations Summary Panel

The Alterations Summary panel includes the following fields;

  • Date: The date the alteration is recorded (automatically generated)
  • Description: The details of the alteration (text)
  • Made By: The person that recorded the alteration (automatically generated by the user ID)

 

Grade Tab

The Grade Tab is where Quadrant automatically generates the grade table for your style. It includes two panels, Basic Information and Grade Measurements;

Basic Information panel

For more information see Basic Information Panel.

Grade Panel

The Grade panel is where your styles grade table is generated using the size range you have linked to the Block on which your style is based and the current measurement values in the Measurements Tab. As the Style Measurements are updated the style’s grade table will be automatically updated. The grade table will also automatically highlight your style’s sample size.

 

Dev Summary Tab

The Development Summary tab is where Quadrant automatically tracks and records the measurement alterations and updates throughout the styles development cycle.

The Development Summary tab includes two panels, Basic Information and Development Summary;

Basic Information panel

For more information see Basic Information Panel.

Development Summary panel

The Development Summary panel automatically tracks and records the changes to your styles measurements and measurement tolerances through its development cycle.

When a new style is created and a block is selected to base the style on, the development summary will record that default information in a column called 'Block'. These measurements cannot be changed within the Style. The first editable set of measurements is 'Draft 1', which is generally the starting point for a new style’s individual measurements. Each time a new measurement is added to the Style Measurements panel in the Measurements tab a new row will be automatically added to the Development Summary table and each time you update the style’s Status a new column will also be automatically added to the Development Summary table.

REFERENCE LIBRARY TAB

The reference library tab is where you can import and display .jpg or .png images for use throughout Quadrant. Here you are able to add tags to images and search for images using these tags for easy navigation. When choosing images in other areas of Quadrant, selecting the 'LIBRARY' option will display a modal of all images within the reference library that you can choose from.