Collaboration Over Chaos: Building Successful Partnerships

December 13, 2023
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In the dynamic and fast-paced world of fashion design, timely planning is not just a good practice, it is absolutely essential. From the first spark of inspiration to the final delivery of a finished product, every step in the design process relies on effective time management and adherence to deadlines. In this blog post, we…

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Finding the Right Manufacturer: Avoiding the Consequences of Overreaching

June 26, 2023
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I have recently returned from a trade show in Europe called ITMA which was quite the experience. The biggest takeaway is that manufacturing in Australia is vastly different from the overseas market, with one of the most significant differences being quantity. The large machines and factories overseas can handle much larger quantities, often creating a…

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How do you know your pattern maker will get it right?

March 16, 2023
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As a mentor, one of the many things I hear from new designers is how we truly understand their ideas and vision. This is a valid concern since it can make or break the development process and the budget. In this video, I will be answering a question from a new mentee who asked, “How…

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Garment costs

March 9, 2023
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Did you know that there are many factors that can affect your final profit margin? What goes into the cost of garments? As a designer, there are a number of things you do to reduce your garment costs, but something that can have a big impact with this, is fabric width. I recently had a…

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Revitalizing your patterns and using them to the best effect

March 3, 2023
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Revitalizing Your Patterns

Today I want to share some valuable insights on how to make informed decisions to move forward in the future with your patterns and make the most of what you have spent in the past. While this is more aimed at established businesses that have gone through the development process before, it is also critical…

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Who owns my patterns?

February 17, 2023
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Who owns my patterns? Is it the pattern maker? Is it the designer? Or is it shared? This is quite a common question often asked by start-up fashion designers. I think this is a really critical topic for you to get clarity on as your patterns are your investment. You need to know where you…

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Do you need grading?

January 20, 2023
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Pattern Grading

Did you know we do grading for patterns that have been made by other pattern makers?  This was not always the case. In 2020, we purchased a Nhega scanner. We found the old digitizing board to be too inaccurate to respect the time and effort you had put into your patterns, so we did not…

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Should I digitise my patterns before or after grading?

December 2, 2022
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Last week, I discussed what pattern grading is and what choices you have or how you read between the lines of others’ opinions on the best path to take. I extend this conversation today in this blog to discuss whether you should digitise your patterns before or after grading. It seems like an obvious answer, but you…

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The crucial process of pattern grading

November 25, 2022
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Pattern Grading

Whenever you are looking to create a range of clothing, pattern grading is a critical step in the process. So, what is pattern grading, and what are your choices, or more importantly, how do you read behind the lines of others’ opinions on what is the best path to take? In simple words, pattern grading…

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Are you paying too much for your pattern making process?

November 17, 2022
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Are you paying too much for your pattern making process?  When you are not really thinking about the process or you are unsure about the best pathway for your patterns, you might waste time and leave money on the table. In today’s video, I am sharing my expert tips and insider information to help you…

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