Well, I’ve been dying to tell you about Liza D’s Fashion School in New York City. On January 19th, I gathered my boys’ clothing line sewn samples, my fabric and trim receipts, my favorite book and a blank pad of paper.
I couldn’t have been more excited. Finally, I was going to meet others who were about to embark on the journey of producing their own clothing lines.
Nine other individuals attended the Production in NYC workshop with me. Each one was so different from the other–one had a women’s lounge wear company, another was about to product a women’s clothing line, and my favorite was a sweet lady who made the most awesome women’s high-end creations. Then there was little old me with my boys’ line.
I was smart to bring a bunch of sewn samples from my line as our vibrant teacher, Liza, used them as examples when figuring out costs of production. Both my snap down shirts and pants were cost-effective. They can be manufactured to easily make a profit.
However, it seems I’m going to have to figure out how to decrease the production costs of my knit shirts. The cost of applique is the problem (approximately $2 wholesale). I could do the applique myself as I have 3 embroidery machines. However, that defeats the purpose. And what happens if I get several hundred orders for appliqued knit shirts, KWIM?
We learned about Cut Tickets, Costing Sheets and Margins. I was surprised to learn there is a $100 cutting table fee in Manhattan in addition to regular cutting fees. I wonder if those same table fees apply in Brooklyn (another suburb of NYC).
Liza also discussed patternmakers, cutters, markers and sewing contractors. I’m thinking I want to do both my cutting and sewing in Brooklyn–it’s just a few minutes from my home and would be much more convenient than going into Manhattan (not to mention the tunnel toll and $40 parking costs).
The workshop was definitely worth the price for the amount of information I acquired. I so enjoyed interacting with Liza–she’s a down-to-earth gal with a spunky personality. I couldn’t help but like her!
I’m awaiting to hear the date of her NYC 2-Day workshop (I attended the mini workshop) as I’m definitely going! There are several upcoming classes throughout the country. Check it out!
Speaking of clothing manufacturing in Brooklyn, I spent 4 hours last night googling sewing contractors. I found tons of them in Brooklyn, but will have to call each one to find out if they are what I’m looking for. I’m hoping to find a “cut and sew” contractor, so I don’t have to go to two separate contractors. If anyone has a reliable sewing contractor who does children’s wear in Brooklyn, NY, let me know.