How to Make a Career as a Textile Designer, interview with Michelle Fifis of Pattern Observer: The Successful Fashion Designer podcast with Sew Heidi

SFD008: Freelance Textile Designer: How to Have A Successful Career with Michelle Fifis

June 26, 2017

Being a freelance textile designer can feel like a daunting process to tackle. It’s hard to figure out how to price your work and whether or not you should work with an agency or print house.

Which is why I’m so excited to share the latest episode of the Successful Fashion Designer podcast with Michelle Fifis, founder of Pattern Observer and creator of the Textile Design Lab, a blog and community that helps creatives grow their textile design business.

Michelle’s done textile work for Columbia Sportswear, Lucy Activewear, Jantzen Swimwear, Perry Ellis and had been featured in, Elle Decor, and Nordstrom. In the interview, she shares how she got started and worked her way up in the industry, her strategy for leaving her full time job to start freelancing, and how she grew her blog into a successful online business. Michelle and I also talked about how to choose and start working with an agency or print house, how to stay motivated when you feel deflated, and not only how to price your work, but how to gracefully raise your prices.

You will learn:

  • The role a textile designer plays in the fashion world
  • The pros and cons of working with an agent or print house
  • How to rediscover your creativity when you feel stuck
  • The importance of having patience with your career growth
  • How to stay up to date on trends if you don’t have access to expensive services like WGSN
  • The importance of having a community and not working in a vacuum


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