Consulting and Education


Are you new to the fashion industry?

You may have already found it impossible to find any information on how to navigate the many processes and suppliers involved, and to top it all off everyone seems so secretive. If you are confused or frustrated then you have come to the right place!

We have met 1'000’s of emerging designers and have guided them through the entire process.

Before we start developing your designs, we encourage you to explore below the 3 different ways we can help guide you.

The Start Up Launching Point video and the Manufacturing Discovery Webinar are the perfect starting point: this includes a free short video where Julia Van Der Sommen outlines the basics and access to our popular one-hour live webinar detailing all of our most asked questions, overviewing the process for you, outlining the next steps, including the Fashion Label Launchpad and a Q & A session to ask those burning questions.

These are designed to give you an overview of what to expect and how to prepare for development and manufacturing. We encourage you to attend this webinar if you are new to the Industry, recently studied fashion, or at a stage in your business where you want to take that next step to larger scale production. The video is essential viewing before the live webinar to ensure you make the most of that time spent.

Our regular Workshops are located at Sample Room and detail the costs involved in starting a fashion label. This is perfect for someone who would like to start fashion label but needs to first set out a budget covering all expenses. 

Our Fashion Label Launchpad program will be discussed in the Manufacturing Discovery webinar. We believe is the best way to launch your label.

Start Up Launching Point

Start Up Launching Point

Not sure where to start in launching your fashion label? Start here! Including a complimentary short introductory video featuring Julia Van Der Sommen and our Manufacturing Discovery live 1-hour webinar.

Workshop: The REAL Costs Of Launching A Fashion Label

Workshop: The REAL Costs Of Launching A Fashion Label

Want to learn about how to budget for a new fashion label? Then join our interactive workshop in Melbourne, Australia where you will learn about everything your budget needs to include before starting a fashion label.

Fashion Label Launchpad

Fashion Label Launchpad

Our ultimate Industry training program to guide you through the Product Development and Manufacturing processes. Included is life-time access to a library of videos, supportive documents, community and more.


In most cases, the journey for new designers is as follows with a minimum completion duration of 9 weeks plus production:


Start Up Launching Point & Manufacturing Discovery Webinar

Gain invaluable feedback on your ideas and understands the process.


Join Fashion Label Launchpad

Become a member of our mentee program.


Design Brief Consultation

Brief us on your designs to receive a detailed flat rate quotation.


Pattern Development

Our professional pattern makers will develop your pattern.


First Sample

Also known as a toile this will allow you to see your patterns in a basic fabric. 



Try on your first sample to assess fit.



We will go back to the pattern and make any alterations.


Second Sample

This time a sample is made in your fabric.



Now try on the sample in your desired fabric.



Again, we go back to the pattern to make any alterations.



Once the pattern is perfect it is graded.



And markers are added.



Technical specifications are mapped out ready for production.



Production can either be done in-house or you can approach another manufacturer with all details required ready.


We are Ethically Accredited Experts in Textile Technology

Sample Room is recognised as Australia’s leading complete pattern making, sampling and product development service for the Australian and international fashion industry.

With over 27 years experience in the fashion industry, our founder Julia Van der Sommen is not only a pattern maker herself, but has been involved in the launch of hundreds of fashion labels. 

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Whether you are new to the fashion industry or an experienced designer, sometimes you just need a consultation with an industry expert to discuss your label needs. Book in for a 1 hour consultation with one of our Senior Development Specialist today.

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We will guide you through every step of the way!