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What You Really Need to Start a Fashion Line

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How to communicate with fabric vendors like a pro

How to Communicate with Fabric Vendors like a Pro

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Previously we talked about choosing fabric sourcing vendors and determining your fabric cost so you can create a realistic fabric budget that will optimize profit. Now it is time to start establishing relationships with fabric vendors and finding the one that will work best with your needs. Communicating With Fabric Vendors You have your budget, you know…

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What Fabric Sourcing Vendors Are Out There & How Do I Choose?

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Fabric sourcing is a crucial step in the design and manufacturing of your new line, but it can be overwhelming. With the wealth of information and the vast array of fabric sourcing vendors and fabrics, where do you even start? Not to mention the issues when it comes to fabric choices and budget. You will…

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How Much Should Fabric Cost For Your Clothing Line?

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Previously we talked about choosing fabric sourcing vendors and the pros and cons of each.  Now, it is time to get into the numbers. Your fabric cost will depend on your fabric price points and profit margins. This may not be the most fun part of fabric sourcing, but it is one of the most important.…

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Five formulas pattern makers wish all designers knew

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Working With a Pattern Maker Finally. You are ready. All the designs and ideas that you have in your mind, are on paper. The time has come to make some fabulous clothes, and it is thrilling. However, for now, this whole creativity/joy parade is a mystery to the rest of the world and the way…

Mastering the Most Important Step in Clothing Development: Sample Making

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Creating a fashion line is a dream for many but a reality for few; the process can be long and demanding, especially if you don’t have experience or a helping hand to guide you. However, if you’ve come this far, you’re almost done. From tech packs to pattern making, everything you’ve done up to this…

How to Lock in Success With a Great Pattern Maker

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You have designed your tech pack. You have found a source for materials and fabrics. The next step in the process is pattern making. No matter how impressive your design may be, it does not mean much if the garment does not fit properly. Pattern making is the process of developing a blueprint for your…

How to Leave an Impression: the Different Kinds of Textile Printing

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The apparel industry is an incredibly diverse landscape, driven by the creative minds of hobby designers and large fashion houses alike. The dynamic nature of the fashion world acts as a creative outlet for many, encouraging expression through design. This can be interpreted in a variety of different ways; some designers use apparel as a…

How to Source Fabrics the Right Way

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As a new designer and business owner, balancing creative direction, production and business procedures can be overwhelming, especially when it comes time to source fabrics for your line. That’s why we’ve created this guide to help you better understand the do’s and don’ts of sourcing fabrics. Creating a clothing line is so much more than…

How to Create a Tech Pack

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The apparel manufacturing industry is a complex landscape that is often daunting, even to those with a background in fashion. A fashion degree will teach you the essentials of design, pattern making, sewing, and much more, but there’s still more to starting your clothing line. Luckily, there are a handful of tools that help aspiring…

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