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Fashion Product Development

Fashion Product Development

College
London College of Fashion
Taught by
Paulette Colman

Description


This course will give you an essential overview of the product development process from initial concept to finished production garment. Throughout the course we will discuss how to manage the process to turn your designs and creative inspirations into commercially successful products.

You will gain a good understanding what fabrics are made from, the main fabric types, how fabrics are made, their end uses and what to look for in sourcing and selecting fabrics for commercial garments. By practical exercises of looking at fabric examples you will learn how to identify the commonly used fabrics and start to build an understanding of fabrics which are the critical raw material for any garment. This knowledge will then help you to learn what to look for when sourcing and selecting fabric for your design.

Most garment production is now based overseas and we will look specifically how to communicate what you want effectively with international suppliers. The course will look at the main roles in the supply chain, their function and how they affect the critical path. We will also look at the main tasks and activities involved in sampling and producing garments from an overseas supplier.

Starting with sourcing suppliers and the factors that influence that choice, we will then go onto the product development and sampling process: how to create spec sheets and how to fit garments accurately on a model. We will look at what changes are important to make here but how changes can affect the timing of final production. We will also look at the different garment construction techniques used by commercial factories and the terminology that is used.

The course will then cover the production process after sampling: through group exercises, real life examples and class discussions you will be able to review the processes involved and how time management and critical paths impact on the production process to make sure seasonal and selling deadlines are met.

This course includes:

  • What fabrics are made from and how they are made
  • What to look for in fabrics and what’s important in their selection
  • The stages involved in making commercial garments
  • How to communicate your design to overseas suppliers
  • Decisions and how they influence timescales and costs

Level:

Beginners/Intermediate (Please come to the course prepared to discuss your business, collection or business idea).  This course is an ideal follow on from ‘Starting your own fashion label’ and is essential for anyone in the fashion industry including business owners, buyers, designers and stylists.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older.

Booking:

Your course place is confirmed once you have booked online or via the phone using a credit or debit card. There is no deadline for booking. Places are offered on a first come, first served basis, and all courses have a maximum number of students. We suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.





Tutor Description


Paulette Colman has had a highly successful career working in textile design, retail and garment manufacturing for over 40 years, the last 20 years as Fabric Director for a major garment maker to major UK and international brands. She has worked in particular in the area of product development – sourcing and developing fabrics worldwide for a variety of customers from high end designer ranges, high quality retailers and major supermarkets. 

Paulette has wide experience working closely with fabric suppliers especially in the Far East and has led an international team of fabric specialists in the UK, China and India over many years.

Paulette brings to the course extensive insight on the wide scope of fabrics available: how they are made; their properties and potential; and in-depth knowledge of the textile industry.

Paulette has a BA Hons in Textile Design from Leeds University and an MBA from Cape Town University.


Materials


In order to fully participate in the practical exercises please bring the following materials/equipment to the first class:

  • Notepad and pen

Available dates