To describe what we did at JNS and frame up the process that we would go through I will explain a little more. First off, we worked with a couple different types of customers. We had individual customers that would come in for one of a kind show pieces. These ones were the most fun to work on since they were a lot more elaborate in design and usually had a dip dye treatment and a bazillion Swarovski stones. We also designed practice dresses, warm up-gear and competition dresses that we would make multiples of to sell in the showroom and when we would travel around the states to different skating competitions. Lastly, we worked on team apparel which could be matching warm up sets, practice dresses or competition dresses. The company was laid out to have a main entrance and lobby in the front where customers would come in, back from that we had our pattern and design space as well as fitting rooms. In the middle was the showroom where we displayed all the dresses and in the back was where all the production took place.
The typical process after receiving an order would be to have the designer create designs for the skating dresses based on the request (whether it was a team or individual order). The design was then handed off to the pattern maker who would make the patterns for the designs. If the order was for a team we would need to grade the designs from XS-XL or even down to childrens. The patterns would then be put into a marker making system (we used a program called TukaTech) that laid out all of the pattern pieces and used the least amount of fabric possible. The pattern cutters would then lay the marker down on top of the fabric using a rotary cutter to cut along the pattern lines. After pieces were cut we bundled the designs by size and passed it along to the seamstresses. After the garment was sewn we checked it over for quality and then shipped off to the customer or put in the showroom depending on the order request.
The first main responsibility I had when starting with the company was being a pattern cutter in the back room. It was a really neat experience to see product developed from the very beginning. Throughout the five years I worked there I held almost every position, eventually leaving the company as Designer. Jump 'N Style was most recently bought out by our business consultant Deb Hanson who runs the company out of Blaine, MN and has renamed it JNS Performancewear. I have included some pictures below to give you more of an idea of my experience.
If I can offer any bit of advice to students trying to pursure their passion whether it be design or something not even related, is to get out in the field as soon as you can and start making connections! This is the best time to do it. Invest in your future by completing these internships, and people will invest their time and resources into you!