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I create Hip New Orleans Second Line Handkerchief, Hip New Orleans Second Line Umbrellas, and, Hip New Orleans Cake Pulls and Hip New Orleans Personalized Wedding Sunglasses on etsy.com.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Vintage type: Hip New Orleans Second Line Handkerchiefs wedding plantation pink rose blush color lace personalized customized fluer de lis

Vintage type: Hip New Orleans Second Line Handkerchiefs wedding plantation pink rose blush color lace personalized customized fluer de lis

Today is a great day for me. I was able to send all of the couples, who have current orders with me, an update on their orders. The update included where I am in the process of creating their Hip New Orleans Second Line Handkerchiefs. All of the orders have the fabric cut, and some of the orders had the custom art created, and some of the orders have the custom art printed, cut, and ready to print.All of the orders will ship well before the promised ship date. I love being able to ship the orders way before I promised them.

Also, I was able to take some images of my BEAUTIFUL limited edition fabric Hip New Orleans Second Line Handkerchiefs. Above you can see an image of the handkerchiefs, with our carved fluer de lis and our personalization printed on the handkerchiefs. These handkerchiefs would be especially beautiful at a plantation wedding, or a wedding with a vintage feel.

Saturday, June 28, 2014


 Do you need apparel manufacturing advice? I have a "gig" on fiverr, the web site where you can get things for only $5.00.  You can ask me one question regarding apparel manufacturing management and I will answer it for you for $5.00.

The Apparel Process
When you are getting started developing your apparel line,  you should have an understanding of the apparel process.

1.     Develop your line: start with a small line the first season. Plan you season about a year in advance, or so, depending on when you plan to launch your line. I advise starting small, as, each style could cost approximently $1,000 to fully develop.
2.     You will need to do your costing and sourcing now.
3.     After you develop your line, you will go to  a pattern maker and get patterns made for you styles.
4.     Then you will go to a sample maker, or, you can sew the samples yourself.
5.     You will then need to get the samples fitted on a model who meets your size standards.
6.     The patterns will be revised, and the samples sewn again. This process could take many times to get the fit right.
7.     Then, depending on how you are going to present the line to stores, or other outlets, you may need to get several sets of samples prepared to send to your sales force.
8.     You will present your line at market, or, through other outlets with your “reps”.
9.     After you get orders for your line, you will then get the styles  graded. This means that you will have determined the size chart for your sizes, and grading means that you will have the grade rules for all the sizes, and your will have patterns for all the sizes.
10. After you get the patterns, you will then be ready to start fulfilling your orders.
11. Then you will need a marker. This is where you have  determined how many pattern pieces you need, for the order and sizes that you have orders for. The marker is how the pattern pieces are laid out on the fabric, as to not waste any fabric.
12. Then you will go to a cutter and have the fabric cut.
13. Then you will go to  sewer and have the styles sewn.
14. Then distribution to the stores, or other outlets.
15. Costing should be done 4 times during this process, to determine whether or not you can offer this style again next season.
16. NOTE; during this entire process, you are working on the NEXT season at the same time!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sewing Advice from a 1949 Singer Sewing Manual


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Fashion Design: Santiago Canyon College Community Classes Summer 2013


 Fashion Design: Santiago Canyon College Community Classes Summer 2013
It is with great pleasure that I share images of our Fashion Design: Santiago Canyon College Community Classes, Summer 2013. In this class, students design and sew a skirt, and, present a fashion show on the last day of the class.
Here are some images of the class:
This is an image of a student cutting fabric in a sewing class for children: Fashion Design: Santiago Canyon College Community Class, Summer, 2013. Carla Buchanan instructor.

This is an image of a student cutting fabric in a sewing class for children: Fashion Design: Santiago Canyon College Community Class, Summer, 2013. Carla Buchanan instructor.

This is an image of students cutting fabric in a sewing class for children: Fashion Design: Santiago Canyon College Community Class, Summer, 2013. Carla Buchanan instructor.

This is an image of students cutting fabric in a sewing class for children: Fashion Design: Santiago Canyon College Community Class, Summer, 2013. Carla Buchanan instructor.

This is an image of students cutting fabric in a sewing class for children: Fashion Design: Santiago Canyon College Community Class, Summer, 2013. Carla Buchanan instructor.

This is an image of students cutting fabric in a sewing class for children: Fashion Design: Santiago Canyon College Community Class, Summer, 2013. Carla Buchanan instructor.

This is an image  a student cutting fabric in a sewing class for children: Fashion Design: Santiago Canyon College Community Class, Summer, 2013. Carla Buchanan instructor.

This is an image of students cutting fabric in a sewing class for children: Fashion Design: Santiago Canyon College Community Class, Summer, 2013. Carla Buchanan instructor.

This is an image of students cutting fabric in a sewing class for children: Fashion Design: Santiago Canyon College Community Class, Summer, 2013. Carla Buchanan instructor.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Grading a Pattern, when and how to

Pattern Grading

Patterns are usually graded after a manufacture makes a sale to a retail store. The reasoning behind this is that there is no reason to grade the pattern if the style does not
sell.

There are two basic ways to grade a pattern, one is manually, and one is by computer. Both ways work. Computer pattern grading is usually done on the Gerber system, which, is the most widely used system used in making, and grading patterns.

Before a pattern is graded, the manufacturer must decide on the measurements for each size graded. In other words, one manufacture may go up 1” in the waist for the next size, another manufacturer may go up 1.5” The grading system for each manufacture is different, and is one of the things that makes the manufacturer unique.

When grading a pattern, many points are taken into consideration. As, if we decide to add .5” to an arm hole, the .5” must be distributed equally. In a nutshell, the measurements and points that we use, how, where and how much we will add or subtract, are called our grade rules. Each point has a rule, and these rules are entered into the Gerber system, or done by hand for each pattern. After a manufacture determines the grade rules, then they are stored in the Gerber system, and used for the next pattern. Not all grade rules will be used for every pattern, and, new patterns might require more grade rules to be written. One caution to new manufacturers: if you don’t know what you want for your measurements, then the grader will use what he/she thinks your measurements should be, or , he or she would just use the grade rules he or she has on hand.


Here is a size chart that I created for the size medium, as you can see, there is a big
difference between manufacturers.
http://apparelmanufacturingmanagement.blogspot.com/2010/10/size-chart-comparison-of-size-m-medium.html

You can expect to pay at least $150 per style for grading, and, the price will be more in the beginning, as you develop your grade rules and measurements. Also, grading prices will depend on how many pieces you need to grade, and, how many sizes you are grading. Sizes S-M-L-XL are usually for less expensive clothing.

After you pattern is graded, and you have an order, you will need to mark you pattern. This is when you lay out the pieces for cutting. Marking can be the difference in making a profit, and not, as, wasting fabric, and paying for fabric you don’t need, or use, can eat away all your margin.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Mother/Daughter, Grandmother/Granddaughter Fashion Sewing Workshop Classes,

Carla Head shot, vector, cartoon
Mother/Daughter
Grandmother/Granddaughter
Sewing Workshops

Dear Mother/Grandmother,
It seems like all the moms, and grandmothers, that I talk to, remember when they learned to sew. Or, they tell me that they wish that they had learned to sew. I remember the hot summer, in Parkin, Arkansas, when my grandmother taught me to sew. And, the rest of the summer, my other grandmother helped me make 6 pairs of shorts to wear to summer camp. This is when that I knew, that learning to sew creates lasting family memories. Our Mother/Daughter, Grandmother/Granddaughter workshops create memories, for your family, that will be shared for generations to come.

Announcing the fall, 2012, Mother/Daughter, Grandmother/Granddaughter Sewing Workshops.
We provide everything you need to experience a wonderful morning, learning to sew, with your daughter/granddaughter. Join us, and create a lasting, learning to sew, family memory.
 
Mother/Daughter
Sewing Workshop
Skirts 
Mother/Daughter Fashion Sewing Workshop

Calling all Moms/Daughters. You don't want to miss the Mother/Daughter Fashion Workshop.
You will experience the thrill of creating your own skirt, with a real working fashion designer: Carla Buchanan.
You will each (mom and daughter) will work together, as a design team. You will select your own fabric, from a large selection of designer fabric. You will then have the experience of a working fit model, and your skirt pattern will be professionally fitted to your body, and to your custom length.
And then the fun begins! You, and your design partner, working as a design team, will each create a custom skirt, start to finish. By the end of the workshop, you will both feel very confident using a sewing machine, AND, you will have custom skirts to wear home.

Date: Saturday, October 20, 2012
Place: First Baptist Church of Westminster
Address: 14200 Goldenwest St. Westminster, CA 92683.
Time: 9 am -1pm. Please be on time, as we start on time.
Bring: a light snack (no chips please) and a bottle of water.
What is provided: expert instruction from a working fashion designer, Carla Buchanan ( graduate of FIDM, The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising)
and everything you need to create your skirt: your choice of designer fabric, sewing machines, sewing kit, elastic, custom fitted patterns.
Workshop size limit: So that you can get the most out of the workshop, the workshop is limited to only 10 mother/daughter design teams. Please don't delay signing up, as the workshops fill up very fast.
Ages: Daughters: 10 years old and older.
Cost: $50 per person ($50 per mother, and $50 per daughter, a mother can bring up to two daughters, $50 per daughter)
Refunds: To be fair to all, there are NO REFUNDS or changes of any kind. NO exceptions, so, register carefully.
How to register: Registration is first come, first serve. To see if there are any spots in the workshop, you can email sewing@businessbrandings.com. This notice is as of September 2, 2012: there are spots for 10 design teams.
You can register by mailing a check to:
Sewing at Business Brandings
8502 E. Chapman Ave. #639
Orange, CA 92869
Please make the check out to Business Brandings and include the following:
Your name, your daughters name, date and time of workshop, a phone number, and an email address.
Or, you can call 714-914-0381 and pay by credit card.

Grandmother/Granddaughter
Sewing Workshop
Aprons 
Grandmother/Granddaughter Fashion Sewing Workshop

Calling all Grandmothers/Granddaughters. You don't want to miss the Mother/Daughter Fashion Workshop.
You will experience the thrill of creating your own aprons, with a real working fashion designer: Carla Buchanan.
You will each (grandmother and granddaughter) will work together, as a design team. You, and your design partner, working as a design team, will each create an apron, perfect for holiday wearing, or giving,  start to finish. By the end of the workshop, you will both feel very confident using a sewing machine, AND, you will have aprons to wear home, or, give as gifts.

Date: Saturday, November 10, 2012
Place: First Baptist Church of Westminster
Address: 14200 Goldenwest St. Westminster, CA 92683.
Time: 9 am -12pm. Please be on time, as we start on time.
Bring: a light snack (no chips please) and a bottle of water.
What is provided: expert instruction from a working fashion designer, Carla Buchanan (graduate of FIDM, The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising)
and everything you need to create your aprons: designer fabric, sewing machines, sewing kit, and patterns.
Workshop size limit: So that you can get the most out of the workshop, the workshop is limited to only 10 grandmother/granddaughter design teams. Please don't delay signing up, as the workshops fill up very fast.
Ages: Granddaughters: 10 years old and older.
Cost: $40 per person ($40 per grandmother, and $40 per granddaughter, a grandmother can bring up to two granddaughters, $40 per granddaughter)
Refunds: To be fair to all, there are NO REFUNDS or changes of any kind. NO exceptions, so, register carefully.
How to register: Registration is first come, first serve. To see if there are any spots in the workshop, you can email sewing@businessbrandings.com. This notice is as of September 2, 2012: there are spots for 10 design teams.
You can register by mailing a check to:
Sewing at Business Brandings
8502 E. Chapman Ave. #639
Orange, CA 92869
Please make the check out to Business Brandings and include the following:
Your name, your daughters name, date and time of workshop, a phone number, and an email address.
Or, you can call 714-914-0381 and pay by credit card.

 
Mother/Daughter
Sewing Workshop
Aprons 
Mother/Daughter Sewing Workshop

Calling all Moms/Daughters. You don't want to miss the Mother/Daughter Fashion Workshop.
You will experience the thrill of creating your own aprons, with a real working fashion designer: Carla Buchanan.
You will each (mom and daughter) will work together, as a design team. You, and your design partner, working as a design team, will each create an apron, perfect for holiday wearing, or giving,  start to finish. By the end of the workshop, you will both feel very confident using a sewing machine, AND, you will have aprons to wear home, or, give as gifts.

Date: Saturday, December 8, 2012
Place: First Baptist Church of Westminster
Address: 14200 Goldenwest St. Westminster, CA 92683.
Time: 9 am -12pm. Please be on time, as we start on time.
Bring: a light snack (no chips please) and a bottle of water.
What is provided: expert instruction from a working fashion designer, Carla Buchanan (graduate of FIDM, The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising)
and everything you need to create your aprons: designer fabric, sewing machines, sewing kit, patterns.
Workshop size limit: So that you can get the most out of the workshop, the workshop is limited to only 10 mother/daughter design teams. Please don't delay signing up, as the workshops fill up very fast.
Ages: Daughters: 10 years old and older.
Cost: $40 per person ($40 per mother, and $40 per daughter, a mother can bring up to two daughters, $40 per daughter)
Refunds: To be fair to all, there are NO REFUNDS or changes of any kind. NO exceptions, so, register carefully.
How to register: Registration is first come, first serve. To see if there are any spots in the workshop, you can email sewing@businessbrandings.com. This notice is as of September 2, 2012: there are spots for 10 design teams.
You can register by mailing a check to:
Sewing at Business Brandings
8502 E. Chapman Ave. #639
Orange, CA 92869
Please make the check out to Business Brandings and include the following:
Your name, your daughters name, date and time of workshop, a phone number, and an email address.
Or, you can call 714-914-0381 and pay by credit card.



May your days be filled with happy, lasting, learning to sew, family memories.
 
Carla Buchanan
Business Brandings Sewing
sewing@businessbrandings.com
Contact Carla Buchanan
sewing@businessbrandings.com
714-914-0381