There are many elements of creating an end product. First there is the design concept, this usually comes to me while I am trying to settle in for the night and catch my beauty rest. Thoughts bombard my mind until I have to get up and jot them down.
Next I have to take my sketch and create a quick mock up in paper. This enables me to iron out the nitty gritty of how it will be put together in terms of construction. After I am satisfied with the appearance I draft my pattern/pattern pieces, this step is very crucial. Getting it right will mean a world of difference between a functional design or something destined for the trash.
After, drafting comes the prototype. I make a complete product so that I test the functionality of my design and the durability. Once I am happy with the outcome and have tweeked anything that did not make the cut, I move on to production. This is the fun part where I work with the materials I have chosen and get to put in many hours until the final product is unveiled. Yes, work can be fun, when you enjoy what you do.