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Tuesday 21 January – Wednesday 22 January 2020

Product Development for Fashion

21 and 22 January.

10am – 5pm each day


This informative and practical two day workshop is designed for people who want to prototype and produce clothing and apparel.

Learn how to put together your own Technical Specification Packs and get an overview of the development and production process from start to finish. This will be an interactive short course, suitable for people with a range of experience, including start ups.


STEAMhouse’s programmes are fully funded. Spaces on this workshop are limited and priority will be given to self-employed sole traders and people with their own businesses who have a product idea they would like to develop.

Please send an expression of interest outlining:
  • Why you would like to take part in the course
  • Whether you are a self-employed sole trader or a business
  • Where you are based
to by 6 January 2020

Please write “Product Development for Fashion” in the email subject line


Session 1 – Tuesday 21 January

Introduction to design specs and tech packs –

  • Why do I need a tech pack?
  • What they should look like
    • Design Spec
    • Technical Spec
  • What they should include
  • How to find a freelancer to help
  • What to look for in a freelancer
  • How to work with a freelancer
  • Doing it yourself:
    • Sketch
    • Fabric information
    • Technical breakdown
    • Size Chart
    • Colourways
    • Graded Size Chart
    • Labels
    • Packing

Session 2 – Wednesday 22 January

Introduction to the development process –

  • Tech pack review
  • Intro to creating a size chart
  • Contacting and working with factories
  • Sourcing
  • Intro to fit meetings
  • Recording fit comments/instructions
  • Intro to production and QC

Delegates should bring their own laptops or tablets in order to join in interactive elements, and begin developing their own tech pack.


Our Workshop Leader

Erica Horne

As an experienced designer and product developer, Erica works with Universities across the Midlands sharing her skills and industry insight. Delivering lectures on pattern cutting, design, CAD drawing and technical specifications. Erica works with brands in a freelance capacity designing, producing tech packs and managing the product development and production process, for both, larger more established brands and start-ups who face a unique set of challenges when producing in small quantities. She is also the owner of CAD for Fashion, a service that teaches CAD software to the fashion industry, the software is used heavily in the design and development process in Fashion and Accessory design and Erica is fast becoming a person of influence in this subject area.