FireFlyLine: Ideas for a Faster Garment Fit Process

I recently met Lacey Bell from Fire Fly Line through an event with Fashion Group International of Chicago. Her company offers 3D prototyping for apparel and sewn products, and I was interested to find out more, so we met for lunch so she could give me some information and a software demo.

This tool is such a compliment to the traditional pattern and sample development process. While it doesn’t eliminate the need for fabric samples completely, it’s a great way to try new things with existing patterns and get more bang for your buck. I know many of my clients could benefit from this, especially when testing design iterations such as changing fabrics (or colors), hem length, sleeve or neckline variations, etc. In essence, you can see and test samples before making cutting into different fabrics, and save some time and cost.

Read some tips for creating a faster garment fit process and how 3D prototyping can benefit you. I shared one of my tips in here too!

Maker’s Row: Avoid Headaches in Business

Since I work in the “background” with my clients’ brands, it’s always nice to get a shout out. Product development is very much a collaborative process, and my client Brennan Waldorf of Canvy’s Bag Company nailed that in this blog for Maker’s Row!

I worked with Brennan on his production patterns, tech packs and pre-production samples, as well as some sourcing for the appropriate thread, interlining and interfacing for his structured travel bags.

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Check out Canvy’s website here:

Stay tuned for their upcoming Kickstarter campaign!

Speaking at … Chicago Textile Expo


In just a few short weeks, I will be speaking with my friend and colleague Jessica Crane at the upcoming Chicago Textile Expo, hosted by Fine Fabric Sales showroom. We have been invited to speak again, and this time our presentation will be about Tech Packs, which are a must-have in the sewn products business. Many newer designers don’t know how important this tool is! We will be discussing  the many components that make up a tech pack and what you need for a successful production run.


The seminar will take place on Monday June 1, 2015 at 1:00pm.

The Chicago Textile Expo runs on Monday June 1 and Tuesday June 2. In addition to the seminars and access to wholesale fabric and trim vendors, there will be an industry networking event on Monday evening. Come say “hello!”

To see the seminar schedule and to sign up, visit: