How I Created My First Clothing Collections

6 years ago, I started my Fair Fit clothing project based on the ways my fashion designs and patterns worked for other people. I had a early start to my career when my first clothing line, consisting of one of a kind items, took of in the early days of the diy and independent designer movement. As it started to sell in boutiques, markets, and events, I learned a lot back then about how people experience their clothing and went on to design a whole new system of pattern making and garment construction called "Fair Fit."

In this video presentation about how I created my first clothing collections, you will learn:   1. How your unique voice really comes down to your personal story, and key takeaways that you can use in your personal sewing and design practice too.

It was named Fair Fit because it practiced a democratic approach to a garment's design that incorporates the choice of the wearer as to how the final garment fits, based on THEIR perceptions of what is comfortable, easy to wear, and looks and feels the way they think best fits their individual body. It was a pattern puzzle designed to create a collaboration between me and the client. And you, the client, having the freedom of choice in the garment you wear instead of me, the designer, making all of the decisions for you- that sounds pretty fair right? 

In this presentation, you will learn: 

1. How your unique voice really comes down to your personal story, and key takeaways that you can use in your personal sewing and design practice too.

2. My development as a fashion designer, the things I learned along the way as I developed professionally and presented my work in live shows and runway presentations, influenced my future designs and approaches I take when I make my own clothing.

3. Where my perspective in design comes from, how it was shaped by my relationships with other people, and the ways I am  still practicing to have a better relationship with clothes. 

To really get the most out of this workshop, and apply the ideas presented in your own sewing and fashion design practice, be sure to download the workbook I designed to accompany the lessons presented in the workshop. You can get that here:

I hope by sharing my own story, it helps inspire your own approach to clothing and your own sewing and design practice. You can watch the full workshop here: 

Do you want to learn how to create cohesion, style, and focused design in your collections and closets this year?

In my next online fashion workshop, I'll outline a fashion design process of planning, editing, and designing a collection or wardrobe that incorporates a repeatable and actionable process that you can achieve in fashion design and wardrobe sewing. You will learn: 

 5 Ways to Create a Compelling, Thoughtful, and Meaningful Collection

1. How to develop your personal vocabulary with color, cloth, and assembly.

2. How to collect materials, shapes, textures, and colors and organize them to create cohesion in your closets and collections.

3. Designing to music, art, and architecture, and how they influence your unique perspective in fashion design.

4. How to create your own narrative for each collection and closet you create seasonally. 

5.How to use your own existing clothing to develop and refine your design approaches for the items that you make.

In this video presentation about how I created my first clothing collections, you will learn:   1. How your unique voice really comes down to your personal story, and key takeaways that you can use in your personal sewing and design practice too.

Thanks for watching! Feel free to leave me any questions you have in the comments below :)