Month: November 2016

Starting a fashion brand

Whether you are a one-man show, or a startup with seed money and a staff of dozens, if you are starting off on your own, there are several things to keep in mind.  These are basics that apply to any product or business, but we’ll tailor them specific to a fashion brand. Tell a story. […]

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Pattern making: best books

Do you want to make your own patterns, modify existing ones, or just hone your existing skills?  Learning clothing design takes patience and effort and there is always more to learn.  Check out some of my favorite pattern making books: The Little Black Dress: How to Make the Perfect One for You You’re going to […]

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Fashion Illustration Styles

Fashion illustration takes years of practice to perfect, which is why we have such a high regard for those talented individuals who draw and sketch items of beauty that ignite our desires and stir our passions. There are several different styles of fashion illustration and there is no right or wrong manner of executing your […]

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Custom pattern making – our learning curve

The idea for computer enabled custom pattern making sat in my head for a decade before I started working on it 5 years ago. I needed to be able to generate clothing patterns via computer and then print them out on a wide enough printer to be able to actually cut the sections of the […]

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Millennials changing the face of Fashion

What will the next generation of fashion bring?  You need only look at the Millennials to see the creativity and mindset of these up-and-comers. Margaret Burton Dismayed by the huge amounts of scrap that goes unused in India’s fast-fashion factories, Margaret decided to approach her own designs by ensuring that nothing would get wasted. She […]

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Fashion biz – choosing what to make

When I was 14 years old I saw a pair of white striped tuxedo pants and knew that I had to have that stripe running down a pair of tan cargo pants.  I forced my mom to buy me two sets of black fat shoe-laces and then took them to my grandmother to sew. Double-striped […]

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Press Release

A new startup promises to bring point-and-click custom sewing pattern creation to online users: ModaMake.com. Founder Michael Harris started his own online fashion company with a few used industrial sewing machines, lots of sweat and late nights, and fabrics that were purchased from the garment district in NY. He sold his designs anywhere he could […]

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Pricing your fashions

You’ve created some brand-spanking new fashions, taken great photos, written the perfect description and now you’re ready to sell.  But how do you figure out the price? I have found that choosing the right price lies somewhere in-between market research, expected earnings, and gut feeling. Expected earnings: One of the first things I learned was that […]

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Best places to sell handmade clothing

Are you dipping your toe in the waters of fashion design?  Enjoy making clothing and seeking to make a little side cash?  Below is a list of places where you can test your ideas quickly and begin the journey to starting your own business. Each of the marketplaces listed below are excellent test markets to […]

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Why make your own clothing patterns

My first step into the world of fashion was spending countless hours pouring over patterns.  I’d go to stores and dig through the Burda, Vogue, and Simplicity pattern books – looking for that ultimate thing that I had to make. I’d buy the pattern, come home and start trying to make it.  The pattern paper […]

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