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How to Get Fashion Flats from Illustrator into Excel for Tech Packs

You’re probably doing your fashion tech sketches in Adobe Illustrator, but creating tech packs in Excel or PDM / PLM software. It’s tedious to export every image from Illustrator as a JPG and then import / place it into your tech pack. This video tutorial will show you the quickest way to get artwork out […]

SFD104 What Is a Fashion Tech Pack (and do you really need one)?

Most aspiring fashionistas don’t envision their fashion career and think, “I can’t wait to create an amazing tech pack!” But love them or hate them, tech packs are a crucial part of getting your garments from your head into your customers’ hands. In this episode you’ll hear from Belinda Jacobs of Tech Packs Co on what a tech pack REALLY needs, why they are SO important, and how you can be sure yours gets the job done RIGHT!

SFD085: How this Mom Got her First Tech Design Job After a 12 Year Career Break

Nicola Osborne is a technical designer who got her break back into the fashion industry after taking 12 years off to raise her family. Getting back to any career after 12 years is a daunting task, but getting back into the fashion industry is an even more intimidating one. As Nicola says in her own […]

Technical (Fashion) Design With Adobe Illustrator

You’re currently reading Chapter 7, Part 6 of The Ultimate Guide to Adobe Illustrator for Fashion Design Not a “designer” working on the creative stuff? “Technical” designers still have to use Illustrator. As a technical designer (AKA TD), your responsibility will most likely include: Turning color fashion flats into black and white tech sketches Creating […]

FASHION PORTFOLIOS FOR TECHNICAL DESIGN OR MERCHANDISING JOBS

You’re currently reading Chapter 9 of The Ultimate Guide to Creating Your Fashion Portfolio (in a weekend) How do you put a technical design fashion portfolio together (or a merchandiser, pattern maker, etc)? Just because a lot of “non-design” roles aren’t as visually “sexy” as a fashion designer portfolio, it doesn’t mean there aren’t a lot of […]

Why A Tech Pack is Essential for Your Fashion Design Success

Fashion designers need tech packs! If you want to work in the industry, understanding how to build one fast is essential. Unfortunately, my inbox is filled with emails like this way too often: And it doesn’t matter if you’re sourcing locally or overseas, the same problems come up. Which is exactly why I’ve created loads […]

My 3 Best Tech Pack Tricks for Fashion Designers

Tech are tedious – and you’d rather spend time designing than speccing. But they’re a requirement to get product made correctly. These simple shortcuts will save you hours in Illustrator and Excel

How to auto calculate grade rules in your tech pack using formulas in Excel

I see many designers doing tech packs in Illustrator and – gasp – MANUALLY calculating grade rules! Please, don’t do this! Use Excel and the simple formulas to make sure your spec sheet is accurate and that everything AUTOMATICALLY updates if you make any changes! You will learn: 00:38 Defining your sample size in your […]

What is a tech pack?

What is the best way to create tech packs? What is the industry standard? How do I know if my tech pack is complete? There are no exact answers to these questions. But questions like what is a tech pack is? What does a tech pack include? Those questions have specific answers – and I’ve addressed them […]

What Goes in A Tech Pack?

I get a lot of questions from fashion designers about what you need to include in your tech pack (or spec sheet), how do you know when it’s complete, and how detailed you have to be. This video will walk you through everything you need to include. In this video, you will learn: Is there […]

Free Excel Tech Pack Template

Creating an Excel tech pack template from scratch is TEDIOUS! And if you don’t set it up right, you’ll be stuck manually updating A LOT of data. With my free template, you’ll save hours of hard work. Now, most people charge $45+ for a tech pack template Mine is FREE. Plus, you’ll also get step-by-step […]

SFF142: How to figure out your services as a fashion freelancer

One place new fashion freelancers get stuck all the time is figuring out what services to offer. If you’ve been spinning your wheels thinking you need to learn flats, and repeats, and tech packs, and patternmaking, and sourcing, and… maybe graphic design? before you can start freelancing, there’s good news: You don’t have to offer […]

SFF138 How She Did It: A Fashion Freelancer with No Industry Experience

“It’s practically impossible to break into fashion.” If you’ve ever believed this myth, you’re not alone. And that’s how today’s guest, Brittany, felt after she graduated from fashion school. For 15 years, Brittany couldn’t get her break. But within two months of launching her freelance career, Brittany has already landed her first client and completed […]

SFF136 Creating Stability and Fulfillment as a Fashion Freelancer

You shouldn’t have to choose between your fashion career and your family. That “9 to 5” (more like 7 AM to 10 PM!) corporate job might feel stable and safe, but sometimes sticking with what you know isn’t worth the trade off. As a freelancer, you CAN build a stable, fulfilling career in fashion–and still […]

SFF132 Fashion Freelancer Q&A: Pricing and retainers, WTF to do!?

In this Fashion Freelancer Q&A you’ll hear from Mari, a freelance knitwear designer who’s working on perfecting her pricing strategy. She’s built a successful freelance business, and she loves her work and the “limitless opportunities” that freelancing provides. But like most newer freelancers, she still has questions about charging for her services. From undercharging to […]

SFD124 How this Pattern Drafter Grew Her Freelance Business with Generosity

Karen LePage is a freelance patternmaker and grader who specializes in size inclusivity and sustainability. She’s also a fit consultant, a sewing and fit teacher, an author, and a mom. Karen broke into the industry without going to fashion school, and she has built a thriving freelance business doing meaningful projects for clients she loves. In […]

SFD121 How to be a fashion freelancer (if you don’t know anyone in the industry)

Alex is a self-taught freelance technical designer living in Ottawa, Ontario. He didn’t go to fashion school, and he never held a job in the industry. Yet he’s working with small fashion brands, helping them get their ideas into production alongside his full-time job. Even if you don’t know anyone in the fashion industry, you […]

How to Start a Clothing Line for Free in 2021: A step-by-step guide

If you haven’t thought about selling print-on-demand items on Etsy, you’re missing out on a virtually FREE way to start a clothing line. Here are the steps to make it happen! I hear from tons of people who dream of starting their own clothing brand. But they don’t have the time, money, or know-how to […]

10 Step Checklist for Starting a Clothing Line

To start a clothing line, you need to understand the big picture. This will help you navigate each step of the journey. If you’re looking for a factory but haven’t decided if you’re making sweaters or sleepwear, you’re working against yourself! The process of starting a clothing line can seem super complicated, but when you […]

9 Clothing Line Startup Tips You Haven’t Heard Before

Real advice (those other guides don’t have!) from successful fashion entrepreneurs who’ve been there There are so many things to know when starting a clothing line. And there are a million guides out there that go through the concrete steps to launch one. There are some good ones (and some terrible ones), but most of […]

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