Technical Editing – My Process

Curious as to how a tech editor fits into the pattern design process?

Note:  I normally receive a copy for editing once it is in the testing phase.

  • I print the pattern and tape it together as instructed.
  • I read through the directions to check the instructional flow & sequence.  (Does it make sense? Is there another technique that would work better? Does the designer need to add/delete certain things to make the instructions clear? Should the construction sequence be modified?)
  • I compare listed cut pieces with any diagrams and again for inclusion in the sewing instructions.
  • I check captions and labeling on diagrams.
  • I check to see that photos and illustrations are in the correct places (or that there’s no placeholder awaiting a final photo/illustration).
  • I check math calculations, including yardage requirements, cut dimensions and overall project size.
  • I edit for grammar, clarity and consistency in writing style.
  • Sometimes, I have to make a block. This is usually when I suspect a math/instructional error that I can’t pinpoint by simply reviewing it on paper.
  • I set the edited pattern aside for a day or two.
  • I markup the pdf copy in Adobe, confirm I transferred the edits from my paper copy to the electronic one and then send the marked up electronic file back to the designer.

Total time? 2-3 hours.  (Psst: I’ve also reviewed your pattern at least twice.)

Lead time:  2 weeks

All of my clients are repeat clients, if this gives any indication regarding the quality of my work.

The first quarter 2020 is starting to fill up, so if you need tech editing services early next year, please get on my schedule NOW.