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Monday 8 July – Tuesday 9 July 2019

CAD for Fashion

2 Day Workshop

8 and 9 July, 10am – 5pm


This informative and practical 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.

Spaces are limited and priority will be given to sole traders, who are registered as self employed; limited companies and STEAMhouse members.

To secure a space please send an expression of interest outlining why you would like to take part to by Wednesday 3 July.


Session 1 – Monday 8 July

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 – Tuesday 9 July

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.