Fashion lines cost more to start if you don't know what you're doing.
You may not know this part...
The majority of the work happens before you ever approach a factory for manufacturing.
You can hire out the skills you don't have, but understand that your adventure buddies (i.e. pattern makers, seamstresses, manufacturers) expect you to at least bring a map before they climb onboard.
You've got work to do.
Tap into the industry knowledge needed to have a fashion design manufactured.
a lot of steps
Words like 'flowy' and 'ruffly' have no place in a real fashion designer's vocabulary.
If your seamstress asked you what type of placket you want on your design, could you answer confidently? If not, this module is the heaviest-hitting one of the entire course. I teach you what the most common types of sleeves, pants, necklines, collars, yokes, and skirt shapes are called.
We take your sketch and give every design element a name, so your pattern maker understands what you're asking when it comes time to draft a usable pattern using your sketch and design specifics.
This is where you learn what design features work together, without spending money on sampling to find out it doesn't later.
If you've ever shopped at Mood Fabrics for materials to use on your samples - I hate to be the one to tell you this, but your manufacturer is laughing at you behind your back. And even worse - you're not getting any closer to ready to manufacture if you're buying fabric in the most expensive way possible.
Brands that stood standing throughout the course of the pandemic did so because they had a rock-solid supply chain at fair and repeatable prices. I teach you how to build just that in this module, for everything you could possibly need to fabricate your product.
Before you go spending hard-earned money on patterns, fabric swatches, and samples, we're doing R&D on the idea. The truth is, a lot of designs never should have made it to manufacturing.
Between timing for the right season, to catching trends, to ensuring your design will sell at a price that quantifies its cost, we're not jumping into anything that could land you at a loss a week after your collection drops.
Trying to design a garment without a tech pack is like building a house without using any power - It's gonna be really hard getting help, because you're unintentionally asking everyone who has skills that you don't to put in 4x as much work as you... every time they so much as look at your design. Tech packs are industry standard documents that protect you from getting bad product.
I teach you how to build a tech pack everyone can read, what to look for so your tech pack doesn't turn on you later, and the end result?
Your design springs off the page, and becomes tangible math for creating a wearable garment.
The most exciting part - creating a pattern and sample of your fashion design. This is the first moment you get to hold what your sketch becomes in your hands. That is, after you find out where the real pain points of your design lie. I'll show you how to order a pattern to be made for manufacturing purposes, how to check what you receive against your design before it gets sampled, and how to go about the sampling process as efficiently as possible.
This is the most critical step in getting a garment manufacturer-ready.
This is the stage where you find out how well your pattern works with your fabric choices, and what your design looks like on your model (or you)!
Don't rush this step! You'll miss critical details about fit and drape, and it'll be expensive and difficult to fix after this module.
If something isn't working in your pattern, now is when you fix it, and sample again until it's perfect. This module shows you what to look out for, how to solve fit issues so that you don't have a mistake graded, and finally, get your pattern graded so you can manufacture it in every size.
This is it, look alive, it's finally happening!! Everything you've worked for has been to get you to this step - getting manufactured.
I'll show you how to find and vet manufacturers, understand cut-and-sew contracts, and quality check your clothing line before signing on the dotted line and zeroing in on your launch date. You'll arrive at this step with a tech pack, a pattern graded across your desired size range, a sew-by sample, and a supply chain - completely ready to manufacture.
You're gonna look real silly if you try to participate in the fashion industry without speaking the language. I teach you basic phrases and words you'll need to articulate your design at a level that keeps your collaborators engaged and moving your ideas forward.
You'll get the crash course on what the two main kinds of measurements, two types of fabrics, and casual phrases that you absolutely must adopt so that you don't end up in your dream manufacturer's junk folder.
The most successful people in the world will tell you that you don't need to understand every piece of the puzzle - you just need to know how to hire well.
But you can't hire well if you don't speak the same language as the person you're hiring.
It's the same with fashion design.
After hand-making things for 20+ years, then teaching others how to build their own craft-based businesses too, I started a fashion incubator in 2020.
For two years straight, I was hit with the same questions again and again. It seemed like most aspiring fashion designers think they just need a seamstress!
The truth is, it takes a village to get one design out into the world - and the demand for those necessary villagers is HIGH. The only way for you to cut through the noise, and protect your design, is to stay in control of the process by speaking their language.
There's a reason your collection is taking you forever to launch.
I can teach you how get the outcome you want and not get ripped off by being the project manager of your own designs (in seven quick lessons).