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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 every “designer” in fashion works on the creative and conceptual side of the process. Technical designers (AKA TDs) work with the hard numbers and important details that go into turning those creative designs into real garments. Technical […]

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. Tech packs are crucial in fashion, and they can be a super profitable service to offer as a […]

Give Ageism In Fashion the Middle Finger 🖕

Ageism in fashion is a legit problem. Depending on who you ask, some people claim that you’re old in our industry after the age of 35. #effyou While age discrimination is technically illegal*, it’s pretty hard to prove and you likely won’t have any recourse. No brand is going to come out and say, “we […]

Pros And Cons Of Freelancing In Fashion: Is It Worth It?

As the pandemic normalized remote work, there has been an increase in opportunities for freelancing in fashion. If you’re thinking about being a freelancer, it’s important to know the pros and cons. Like anything in fashion, including having a job or starting a clothing line, there are advantages and disadvantages. If you’re unsure whether a […]

Fashion Design Career Advancement (The Secret Path To A Promotion That No One Knows About)

The fashion industry is competitive AF. And while there are a kajillion generic articles out there on “fashion design career advancement”… All they do is outline roles and salaries from the Bureau of Labor Statistics… And they’re written by “copywriters” who have never actually worked in fashion… And they’re filled with inaccurate industry claims…  (Like […]

Freelancing In Fashion Without Experience: Is It A Good Idea?

For a long time, I didn’t advise people to start freelancing in fashion until they had some work experience. But after the pandemic hit, I changed my opinion. It turned out that full-time jobs, especially for people who didn’t have any industry experience yet, were really hard to get. Shit, they were hard to get […]

How to Work Part-Time in the Fashion Industry

Working in the fashion industry can feel like a dream. But the challenge is that most fashion design jobs are full-time, not part-time.  And we’re not talking cushy comfortable 40hr full-time weeks. We’re talking grueling and demanding 60-80hr weeks. (Even though your salary is based on 40hrs. #eyeroll) The long hours our industry demands make […]

How to Get Into the Fashion Industry Without Going to School

Getting into the fashion industry without going to school may seem impossible. And while there’s a lot of traditional advice out there about finding internships, volunteering at fashion week, and reading magazines… It’s hard to follow that advice because… Most internships are run through school programs. So how are you supposed to do that without […]

What does a self-employed fashion designer do?

The role of a self-employed fashion designer is something you define. As a freelancer, your job is to do what clients need, within your skillset. This can be anything from drawing fashion flats, designing, picking colors + trends, creating tech packs, patternmaking, sourcing, product development, and more. When you’re a self-employed fashion designer, you call […]

The Beginner’s Guide to Becoming a Freelance Fashion Designer

Whether you didn’t go to fashion school, are a recent grad without any experience, or you’re still a student…you’re a beginner in the world of fashion. Which means if you want to become a freelance fashion designer, you need a step-by-step guide.  Like, yesterday. I gotchu.  We’re going to cover the actual steps you need […]

Can You Make A Lot of Money In The Fashion Industry?

While it’s a terrible idea to go into fashion just for the cash, it sure is possible to make a lot of money in the fashion industry. And I’m going to tell you exactly how… It’s not by starting your own clothing line.  Because if you’re lucky enough to create a successful fashion brand, it’s […]

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