We help other designers and product developers!
As our region’s premiere workroom, we can develop your samples, prototypes, patterns and tech packs. We can also broker your factory contracts and production runs once you are fully financed and ready to scale up. Our specialty equipment and technical expertise enable us to develop a wide array of items. Nothing’s been too weird or challenging yet!
Please call 801-596-2210 for 2019 rate sheet plus info about our newly added equipment. We need to understand the scope of your project in order to give an estimate- call us:)
Dog hoodies! Prototypes and patterns for a startup specializing in pet products.
Patterns, Prototypes and Samples
Patterning, prototyping and development usually take the following forms:
Three basic types of samples are usually needed for most design/development projects. Your project may require one or more sample types, depending on what you want to do and how/where you plan to manufacture your product.
muslin sample: an initial muslin drape or toille made for basic fitting and sizing check on you, your actor or your fitting model.
fabric sample: can be made with inexpensive fabrics that mimic the weight and drape of the fabric you’ll eventually want to use in your production line.
high-end fabric sample: is made with your actual fabric, leather, etc- it might be a more expensive silk, outdoor or decorator fabric. It’s important to make one or more of these samples to accurately pre-visualize and establish the look, fit and details of a finished item you plan on manufacturing. Crucial for sending along with your pattern to the factory when you go into mass production.
Patterns and samples for an outdoor company’s fleece pullover, based on their illustrations and tech pack. Our early variations on the left and final version on right. Instead of using the company’s expensive high-end performance fleece in these fitting samples, we used a less expensive, readily available consumer fleece. At this development stage we used neutral, gray fabrics to keep the client’s focus on basic fitting, sizing and placement/sizes of details.
We can create usable paper patterns made to the sizes you specify, ready for digitizing (if you plan to manufacture at a factory), based on the images or tech pack you provide.
You will likely need both patterns and samples. Both are necessary for fine-tuning your patterns and clothing item(s) before you start any large production run through a factory.
Our shop owns a collection of more than 1500 stock patterns, including some interesting vintage items. We can easily pull from these then change features, mixing and adapting as starting points to create yourpattern, prototype or costume based on your images or design. We can also drape or flat-draft your item from scratch.
We can make samples using patterns that you provide, too, whether these are commercially bought or if you created them, etc.
Muslin toille of a custom vest BEFORE we cut any of the expensive leather
Double breasted vest in crocodile embossed leather w/ welt buttonholes and specialty buttons
Pattern grading and size ranges
We can create a run of patterns and fitting samples based on sizes you specify, for example, 29 – 44 waist in a men’s pant style or women’s dress sizes 2-24, etc. Find a baseline fitting model (which means a person to try on the sample) as your starting point. Base this person’s size generally on the commercial clothing sizes that fit him/her. Perhaps you’d like to use yourself as a baseline. You can call your own size whatever you wish. As you probably know, higher-end manufactured clothing uses more fabric and flatters a consumer’s ego. An expensive brand’s size 6 may fit the same as a less expensive brand’s size 8 or 10, etc. You can also tell us if you’d like your clothing line to fit the way another brand fits. For size samples, plan on selecting your fitting models in a variety of different sizes to do your test fittings.
Ready to go to several national hardware shows on great looking models: Custom Spartan tunics, belts and capes. Linen, jute, fun trims and brooches
Factory Production of Your Items
We can broker your larger productions. We can negotiate and set up your contracts with factories that have the capability to produce large runs of your item(s). Our shop is a design studio specializing in prototypes and one-of-a-kinds. Although our shop isn’t a factory, we can typically schedule time and equipment to produce small runs and sample sets for you, depending on our other ongoing deadlines and projects.
Hosting Guest Designers and Production Crews
Want to shoot your film or do your pre-production in Utah?
Not only can your group take advantage of the Utah Film Incentives, but you can also work from our costume and scene shops. We can design and build your film or you can. Your cutters, drapers and technicians or ours. Or any combination. And all the machinery, equipment, tables and skilled staff to help you build and assemble your costumes, sets and props, then handle them on set if you need us. Our 2000 square foot shop downtown is located just nine minutes away from the Salt Lake International Airport, plus two blocks away from a stop on the UTA Trax red, green and blue lines. Our scenic/props-shop is also nearby.
As of 2019, we’ve hosted several out-of-state productions and this is a service we’re definitely committed to! Together we can build your creative projects while strengthening our local economy. It’s win-win.
You can have preproduction on your film or other projects done here in Salt Lake City!
Classes and Personalized Instruction
Want to build your own costume? Want to get some new skills and use some heavy duty machinery?
We’ve got you covered. You can schedule a special class or a special project. Look here:
Learn by making costumes with a special class!
Specialty Equipment & Other Services
Heavy Duty Walking Foot Machines
Our shop workhorses.
We can sew your heavy layers of leather, denim, canvas, upholstery fabrics and more.
Industrial Ruffling Machine
Yes, we can ruffle your fabric. Fabric is cut into strips, finished with hems on one or both long sides and we run it through our ruffler machine. Preselect your ratio and fullness. Plan on providing extra fabric for contingency (you should have us ruffle more fabric than you’ll need to meet the requirements of your project.) The machine creates a double chain stitch holding your ruffles in place. After you’ve sewn the ruffled piece onto your costume or bedskirt, etc, the chain stitching is removable.
We keep these in stock and can punch your holes plus set your grommets. Our kick-press grommet setter makes fast, accurate work with your items.
Grommet sizes: 0 and 00
0 = 1/4th inch diameter hole
00= 3/16th inch diameter hole
And sometimes other colors- ask us!
Corsets and laced-up wearables typically look best with size 00 grommets.
Larger, size 0 grommets tend to look better on larger items where the larger grommet size doesn’t overpower a typical human size/silhouette.
Grommets have an eyelet and a washer. Stronger than plain eyelets, but we have those, too. Plain eyelets are not recommended for any sort of load-bearing lace up, for example, on any corset.
Heavy duty snaps installed by kick-press setter. These are the industrial, metal pull-the-dot snaps used in leather jackets, automotive work, leather goods, holsters, marine work, military items, tents, awnings, etc. We have plenty of sew-in snaps as well, in many sizes.
Stays and Boning, Cut and Finished to Size
We have the following in stock and can cut these to length, grind the ends and dip them for you to use in your projects.
1/4” spring steel
1/2” spring steel
1/4” spiral steel
1/2” spiral steel
lacing stays (up to 24” long)
Busks cut down to size, ground and tipped.
Corsets and period bodices need boning or stays to fit and look right.
Custom slipcovers, window coverings, etc.
See samples of our custom slipcovers and interior dec work here
We create custom slipcovers, installations, unusual window coverings, murals and specialty fixtures for architects, interior designers, business owners and private homes.
Alterations and all kinds of sewing-
We love our local clients and are here for you!
Bring us your ripped, your torn, your not-fitting-so-great and we’ll get you looking fine. We’re here for our local community and your favorite outfits, or to create that new outfit of your dreams. Availability varies around our other projects.