Archives 9/21-10/4 2005-2011

My schedule seems to be lightening up a bit but I suppose that is relative since I’m still busy. Maybe it’s better defined as that I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Which would seem to be …December? Seriously, I need to buy an additional week in both October and November if you know someone with two extra weeks they’re willing to sell me.

This weekend I’m hosting a production pattern class. Speaking of, my curriculum has evolved a bit over the past year in that I’ve dropped some manual pattern elements and teaching those in CAD as is appropriate. Don’t hesitate to let me know if you’re interested in coming out yourself.

And if you’re in need of reading material, you can find a selection of posts published over the past nearly 8 years from the site archives. Have a great weekend, see you next week.

September 21, through October 4, 2005
Sewing contractors & fabric resources in California
How to hire a pattern grading service
Pattern making and grading resources
Bamboo tree-hugger pattern puzzle
Organic fabrics resource
Another pattern resource
Nameless #5 (back vent)
Nameless #6 -Troubleshooting
Problems in problem prevention
Becoming a lean manufacturer

September 21, through October 4, 2006
Advertising 101: Part 1
Paper patterns, soft or hard?
Shopping carts
Consignment policies
Wholesale vs consumer marketing
Selling wholesale to foreign buyers
Technical designer qualifications
Advertising 101: Part 2
Ida, 5S, chile and the whole enchilada
It all starts here 2
Why contractors won’t partner with you
Non disclosure agreements, myths and patents

September 21, through October 4, 2007
Sales rep problem
Outsourcing production: Birnbaum
Launching at Moda
Miracle in Hong Kong
Vendor Compliance Handbook 1
Lies designers tell 1
Vendor Compliance Handbook 2
News from you 9/28/07
Three nifty hand tools
Miracle in Hong Kong 2
Lean Laundry 2
Reading 10/2/07
Asia Pacific Leather Fair Fashion Access Show Recap
Indie designer goes to Hong Kong 1
Why I went to Hong Kong to buy fabric
Indie designer goes to Hong Kong 2

September 21, through October 4, 2008
Reliable brand Sewquiet 4000 clutchless servo motor
Pop Quiz 479
Belgian Embroidery
Northwest Fabrics and Notions Show, 19-20 September 2008
The latest secrets from Paris
Travel tips for women
Rothenburg Style
Wild West Potato Pizza
Reunification Day

September 21, through October 4, 2009
A better way to sew linings and facings
2 sales mistakes: pitching wholesale buyers by email
Sorry, this page does not exist
How to fire your contractor -or someone you like
How to be a successful designer

September 21, through October 4, 2010
Everything I wish I’d known when I started pt.1
Everything I wish I’d known when I started pt.2
Naming senior sizing
Refining Refine My Line
How to know if your idea is a good one
What does it mean to “have a clothing line”?
Refine My Line Reject: Sharp Hill Designs
What are the measurements of a size 10?

September 21, through October 4, 2011
How to remove sleeve cap ease
How to remove sleeve cap ease pt.2
Why sewing contractors don’t want small lots
A tale -and tutorial- of three collars
A tale -and tutorial- of three collars pt.2

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