The Chicago Pattern Maker provides professional product development services to brands and designers in the Chicago metro area, and throughout the country. Xochil and her team have expert tailoring skills, and a strong skill set in fashion design, including first through production patterns, technical design and prototype creation. We can provide guidance for established and new brands alike throughout the product development process, including material and factory sourcing, and production advisory.
Our shared goal is to create beautiful and functional products that are prepared for production, and ready for you to take to market. We collaborate closely with our clients to help them achieve their design goals within their perimeters (ie: cost, sustainability, specialty materials, design elements), and are happy to share resources and connect clients to other in our network to achieve the best results.
TCPM utilizes TukaCAD pattern drafting software, in addition to draping or hand drafting on oak tag as required. Our studio is equipped with a Velocity Plotter and professional industrial sewing machines including: JUKI Single Needle Lockstitch, JUKI 4-Thread Overlock, and KANSAI 2-Needle Coverstitch, and Bar Tacking machines, and gravity-feed iron for pressing. Through the AIBI Fashion Lab, we have access to additional machines including buttonhole, blind hemmer, and flat seam ("flatlock") machines. Many other specialty seams and finishes can also be mocked up for prototyping.
Once prototypes have been approved, we are happy to work with your existing factory for pre-production and production, or recommend one to you and help you to establish a strong relationship.
Production Pattern Making
First through final pattern, with revisions, delivered as digital pattern file (DXF). Need a hard copy pattern? No problem.
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, 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 cut information, material yield and label placement instructions. Customized for your product and factory requirements.
Material & Factory Sourcing
Based on your needs, we provide resources and consultation for fabrics, trims, and sewing contractors for production.
Production can be difficult to navigate, so we provide consultation and resources for grading and markers, work through final yields and material orders, and help you to communicate with your sewing contractor.
Recommended reading for all clients:
If you're new to the industry, we highly recommend this book for a "crash course" in understanding the manufacturing and product development process.