The Art of pattern making

From sketch to sample

Product development is the core of what we do. And pattern making and prototyping are the pulsating heart of the process.

This exciting journey starts from a creative idea that arrives in Cieffe where it is brought to life through various phases, from the paper pattern to the first prototype to the sample garment before moving on to production.

A path in which virtuosity and technology intertwine seamlessly with the aim to deliver top-quality results within the established time frames.

We are now able to manage the prototyping phase also through 3D technology, with virtual fittings that allow significant time savings and eliminate fabric waste, thus reducing the environmental impact.

A stimulus for brands

01 Research and innovation

The Research and Development department is our crown jewel. A unique reality constantly reinforced over the years to provide customers with innovative stimuli, proposals, solutions, and techniques, tailored to their tastes and positioning.

Our dedicated team researches fabrics and accessories, and develops exclusive processes, embroideries, prints, finishes, and innovative washes. The research is carried out both by hand and using advanced machinery, both internally or through specialized external laboratories.

Special workmanships

At Cieffe, we love to create a variety of unique processes for our customers to further spur their creativity and push toward all that is new, inventive, and unexplored. Here are some examples.

  • Airbrush printing
  • Application of studs and rhinestones
  • Cardboard pleats
  • Cornelly embroidery
  • Digital print
  • Double-face
  • Embossing / Debossing
  • Heat sealing
  • Inlayed embroidery
  • Laser cuts
  • Machine embroidery
  • Machine pleating
  • Needling
  • Patch and shield embroidery
  • Sequin embroidery
  • Thermo-adhesive applications
  • Thread hand embroidery
  • Transfer print
  • Ultrasound
  • Washing and dyeing
  • Woven embroidery

From sketch to pattern

02 Pattern lab

We have an outstanding tradition and solid pattern making expertise.

There are about 40 pattern makers on our team. It all starts with a sketch that we receive from the design studios of our customers that is step-by-step transformed into a sample.

Our expert pattern makers interpret each one masterfully creating patterns for the main product categories: outerwear, dresses, shirts, skirts, trousers, and even beachwear.

Every year, we develop around 12,000 new patterns in‑house.

From the pattern to the finished garment

03 Tailoring

After the modeling and cutting phases, our seamstresses create the first prototype that will be further fitted and perfected before being approved by the customer.

At this stage, technology supports the crafting skills of our seamstresses, who follow the prototype until its approval, making sure it fully reflects the original idea to ensure the full satisfaction of our customers.


Cieffe Confezioni e Façon Srl
Legal offices: Via Mecenate 84/8, 20138 Milano (MI), Italy
Shared capital Euro 51.000
Tax code / VAT no. 13399560153
Registration with the Registry of Businesses of Milan MI1646938