I’m back, from sketch to the real sample!

Hi guys!
So, it’s been a bit of a journey making my samples and it has taken a good couple of weeks as well. What comes out of the sketch pad is far from what the actual garment will look like. Small things like a seam wrong or how a label is attached to how the lining will be draped and were. The dressmaker or manufacturer involved will ask a lot through out the process and good communication between the two of you will speed things up immensely.  There is also a lot of ‘tweaking’ and fitting to do, before the whole collection is finally set if ever as I keep adding and removing things as I go). Something that’s important and that I put a lot of emphasize on is; to be proud of my garments and the final product and to ask yourself “would I buy this, would I wear it, do I feel comfortable in it and do I look good in it?”. If it’s all YES, the chances of someone else buying it is increased, with that said the price has to be set right too. Too much and you risk being over priced for the style and quality and actual customer that you are trying to sell to, too cheap and your label won’t get the right status if your making small unique collections. It also depends on were you intend to sell the clothes, what shop or online, and what compares to your clothes in their current stock? Its best to set all of this before committing to a full production and before commencing into the ‘harsh world’ of selling them.

It’s not just the garments, I have been designing a logo, working on leather patches and detailing like
ordering different colored and quality zips, buttons, business cards, care labels and hang tags not to mention
learning about the process of snap buttons as I’ve decided to add that to some of the clothes myself.
My dressmaker is charging approx $20 NZ/hrs so playing around tend to be a costly affair but compared to the over-seas set prices that tend to lean about $200-$300 US a garment or a manufacturer found in Auckland here in NZ that charge $46 NZ/hrs for sampling it’s a fair cost. The only thing with sampling with a dressmaker is to transfer the garments to a factory if they start selling in larger quantities. It’s a bit of a catch 22.
I just felt like keeping you in the loop.

I also get a lot of questions about this subject, dressmaker vs. manufacturer and were to find a reliable manufacturer and basically were to manufacture? I mention this in my E-book with a good break down on how to source a manufacturer and were to make your garments and how to best communicate with them, it’s a bit of a journey all by itself.


At this stage I’m all for making your clothes locally as you can over-see the process much better, also it’s convenient to just stop by and try the samples out as well as experimenting with styles and lining, colors and fit as you go…

I’d like to hear what you are doing, if your at that stage were your currently in a sampling process or have you just launched your garments? xx Alice

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