Patterns, Prototypes and Custom Workroom
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.
Patterning, prototyping and development usually follow these steps:
Three basic sample types usually figure into most design & development projects. Your project might require one or more sample types, depending on what you want to do and how or where you plan to manufacture your product.
an initial muslin drape or toille made for basic fitting and sizing check on you, your actor or your fitting model.
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.
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 often pull from these then change features, mixing and adapting to achieve your specialty pattern, prototype or costume. We can also drape or flat-draft your pattern from scratch.
We can also make samples using patterns that you provide, whether these are commercially bought or if you created them, etc.
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. You need to find a baseline fitting model (which means a person you want to try on the sample) as your starting point. You should 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 can 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.
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 specializes 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.
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 supervise them on set. 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.
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. 801-596-2210
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, then we run it through our ruffler machine. Preselect your ratio and fullness. Plan on providing extra fabric for contingency (you should have us ruffle a bit 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 in leathers, canvas and more. 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, we do not recommend using eyelets alone on any corset.
Heavy duty 5/8″ 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.