One at a time now, I’m cutting out the patterns for each tentative design, that way the manufacturer has a more accurate reference. Doing so renders me even more confused as to why the paper patterns made by seasoned professionals in this industry came out the way they did. (See here.) This isn’t rocket science.
I started off with paper grocery bags, then commenced cutting, measuring, and folding until I got the basic components and pieces of the bag I was trying to create a paper prototype of. (MS Paint drawing of it above, in black.)
I made a mistake, though. The pieces are supposed to be symmetrical, but I made the 2 pieces that are to be joined together the same rather than reflections of each other. Oops. At least it’s an easy mistake to fix, which is what I’ll do this rainy Sunday morning. In the meantime, I took the liberty of casting some Photoshop magic to flip the image and show what the two pieces should look like — mirror reflections of each other.
Also, by cutting out my own paper patterns first before sending the spec sheets to the manufacturer, it’ll be easier for me to identify what, if anything, is being lost in translation after the factory tackles the design. The only hard part here is finding the time. It’s a whole lot of arts and crafts for someone with a demanding, all-consuming day job. =/