Katelyn Otto

Major: Apparel, Merchandising, and Design
Minor/option/emphasis: AMD-Creative and Technical Design
Company/Organization: Komar
Company/Organization website: https://www.komarbrands.com
Destination: Jersey City, New Jersey
Timeframe: Summer
Advisor/Coordinator Email: annthye@iastate.edu


In my experience, I was responsible for assisting Technical Designers to complete colorway charts, make fit corrections, input specs and POM revisions. I evaluated fit on live models and dress forms for women's loungewear and underwear. Additionally, I analyzed and measured POMs for sleepwear and intimates and determined POMs, tolerances, and grading for styles. To help technical designers complete tech packs I entered pictures, corrections and measurements for samples in the PLM software. Finally, I completed two tech packs from start to finish, one for a gown and the other for a pajama set.


My greatest accomplishment during my time at Komar was completing the two tech packs. It was an extensive project that took about the whole summer to complete. I would work on it on slow days and would seek guidance from a senior technical designer if I had questions. In both tech packs I created a header page, hand-illustrated front tech flats, created and filled out a spec sheet based on the POMs of the garment, called out garment details, outlined stitches and their placement, stated all pattern pieces, trims, and manual trims and their respective placement, and placed images of the sample and garment details. Because of the bulk of this project, one can imagine the sense of accomplishment after it was completed.

What advice would you give?

Apply to Komar, even if you are not interested in sleepwear or intimates. It is an excellent internship and the work environment is a rare gem in the fast-paced and stereotypical cold atmosphere in the fashion industry. Superiors at Komar respond well to go-getters, overachievers, and workers who can delegate and find their own work.

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