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Fashion In Flux - The Steps To Production


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This last year has been a ‘game changer’ for the fashion industry in a lot of ways. So we want to know… “What are the next steps when Fashion is in Flux?”

The Steps to Production

Saturday, January 30, 2021

1:00 PM Central

One of the most important steps to success can be having a good handle on the steps and details involved in getting a garment ready for production. Materials sourcing, patternmaking, prototyping… how do you know what you need for each step? And how do you know when you’re ready?


Xochil Herrera Scheer

Xochil Herrera Scheer is The Chicago Pattern Maker; she provides professional pattern making and fashion design services to businesses throughout the US. Xochil and her team have expert tailoring skills, and a strong skill set in fashion design, including first patterns, production patterns, technical design, and prototype creation. She collaborates with new and existing brands to help guide them through the product development process, with the goal of creating beautiful and functional products that are prepared for production, and ready to take to market.

Xochil has a keen understanding of the production process through working with various factories, and being closely involved with clients throughout their development. She loves being involved in the local and domestic fashion community through promoting experiences, events and professional development, and is an adjunct faculty teacher in Fashion Studies at Columbia College Chicago. Xochil is very passionate about Made in USA products, sourcing and manufacturing.

Alison Hoenes

Alison Hoenes is a freelance patternmaker who helps independent women’s fashion brands keep control of product development without the technical hassle. She writes a newsletter on apparel product development for fashion entrepreneurs, serves as the Regional Director for Fashion Group International Saint Louis, and is the host of the How Fitting podcast.

Meilin Schneider

Meilin is the lead pattern maker and production manager at Digit Pattern Services, a Chicago local business which provides digital pattern services for the apparel industry while promoting ethically produced, local manufacturing solutions.

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