The Chicago Pattern Maker provides professional fashion design services to businesses and individuals in the Chicago area, and throughout the country. Xochil Herrera Scheer has expert tailoring skills, and a strong skill set in fashion design, including first patterns, production patterns, technical design and prototype creation. She can provide guidance for established brands and new designers throughout the product development process, including material and factory sourcing, and production advisory. Our goal is to create beautiful and functional products that are prepared for production, and ready for you to take to market.

The Chicago Pattern Maker uses StyleCAD pattern drafting software, in addition to draping or hand drafting on oak tag when required. Professional sewing room equipment in the studio includes JUKI Single Needle Lockstitch, JUKI 4-Thread Overlock, and KANSAI 2-Needle Coverstitch machines. Our expanded sample room equipment also includes bar tack, buttonhole, zig zag lockstitch, 5-thread coverstitch and flat seam ("flatlock") machines for additional capabilities. For production and other specialty needs, we are happy to work with your factory or recommend one to you.

Production Pattern Making

First through final pattern, delivered as digital pattern file (StyleCAD PDS or DXF), and/or as hard copy pattern on marker paper or oak tag.

Samples & Prototypes

Prototypes (Fit Samples), Pre-Production, and Factory Sew-By Samples. Professionally sewn on industrial sewing equipment.

Technical Flat Sketches

CAD Flat sketches in Adobe Illustrator, can be provided as AI/PDF/JPG. Front, back and detail images, based on your product's design features.

Technical Specification Package

Tech Packs include sewing operations and product specifications, measurements, bill of materials, pattern ticket, yield estimates, cutter’s must, and label placement instructions. Customized based on your product and factory requirements.

Material & Factory Sourcing

Provide resources or consultation based on your needs for fabrics, trims, and sewing contractors for production.

Production Advisory

Consultation and providing resources for grading and markers, working through yields and material orders, and communicating with you and your sewing contractor throughout production.