I offer services for clients at every level of experience, and each project estimate is created based on your individual project so you can get the attention and help you need.
This is a unique service I offer to bring complex designs and functional products to reality. I create a prototype of the product or garment out of various materials to convey the concepts or ideas that are in your head. This visual representation is a building block to your development. It helps you and your team communicate the aspects of the design to move forward with brainstorming and hashing out the features of the product.
Technical sketches are flat sketches of your garment with design call outs to show features and specifications of your products. This could be a pleat, special stitch, desired measurement, etc. Technical specifications include desired measurements taken from a fit model or existing products. The tech pack bundles the directions, specifications and expectations for your product while it is being worked on by partnering contractors. Your tech pack will be used by your pattern maker, sample sewer, manufacturer, etc.
Using your specifications or existing samples, I develop flat patterns, hard paper copy. The patterns are used for prototypes and adjusted through the sampling process to achieve the approved design, fit and function. Upon approval, the hard patterns are sent to partner contractor to be digitized into the computer where they can be graded into multiple sizes and laid out into markers for production.
Using in studio and local work space machinery, I cut and sew your prototypes and fit samples throughout development. I work with knits, wovens, and technical materials.
Sometimes background information is needed to achieve the best products for your brand. This research may include analyzing competitor products, determining your target market, finding application processes for technical components, or even trend research for your new designs.
It is important to stay on top of new developments in the industry and locate the right materials to convey your designs. I attend multiple trade shows yearly throughout the USA and continue to build a reliable network of fabric suppliers, mills, hardware developers, manufacturers, partners to assist with business launch and more. I use my relationship with these suppliers to locate material and contractor options for your products.
Textile Print Design
Sometimes you can't find the exact print you want for your products or you want to create your own special textile print. I have created textile prints for small business and corporations such as Sears, Kmart and White House Black Market.
I have worked in many different sectors of the product development process, giving me insight into the functionality and set up of successful teams. I can review your current setup, address existing issues, locate hurdles and introduce new processes for success.
I have worked with brands on styling for different types of shoots including press releases, marketing materials, website images and more. I can gather unique materials and props for your brand or I can use your existing apparel to create beautiful imagery showcasing your product and brand.
Working with manufacturers and gearing up for production can be very stressful if you haven't been through the process or have the experience. I can help prepare you for production and connect you with manufacturing partners.
Throughout the years, I have seen many mistakes and success stories from designers of all experience levels and product types. Throughout the development and production process, there are many moving parts which creates many opportunities for issues or problems. I use my past experiences and knowledge to anticipate and avoid these issues. I also offer resolutions to development issues for the most efficient and effective solution.
When you are skilled at making apparel, you can see the pattern, technical or sewing issues of garments when they are on the body. I work with your team and your fit model to review the samples, follow the specifications, check the work and determine if there any necessary improvements in fit, function or design for next the samples.