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Skills

Apparel, Cutter, Design, Design Room Coordination, Excel, Fashion Design, Illustrator, InDesign, Office, Photoshop, Product Development And Technical Knowledge, Production, Sample Cutting, Sample Workroom Assistant

Employers

  • The Drip
    Freelance Fashion Design/Production/Sample Cutting Assistant
    2015 - Present


    - Liasing with digital textile print studio to finalise specifications for artwork
    - Using InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator to develop and create all web content
    - Crosschecking garment measurements against specification sheets and communicating discrepancies
    - Machine sewing samples for finishes and trims
    -Visiting local suppliers and overseeing work done by outsourced machinists
    - Co-ordinating label branding and packaging requirements
    - Sourcing all fabrics and trims for samples
    - Overseeing quality control across all products
    - Updating website content, blog and instagram with label news and new product
    - Patternmaking, sample cutting and sewing all samples
    - Managing seasonal costing sheets and making sure product costs stay within our budget
    - Managing all financial records and accounting paperwork
    - Creating cookbooks and product selling sheets

  • BLUEJUICE
    DESIGN ASSISTANT
    2015 - 2015

    - Assisting in development of seasonal ranges
    - Sourcing and purchasing all samples and accessories
    - Purchasing of all sample fabrics
    - Managing in house samples from cutting through to making
    - Managing and updating development boards and lookbooks
    - Assisting with preparation and fittings
    - Assisting with styling of seasonal photoshoots
    - Design sketches in illustrator
    - Researching and selecting yarn types for knitwear sampling
    - Set up specification sheets and related paperwork
    - Update styles in Niche each season and format for online store
    - Co-ordinating and communicating all garment specifications to overseas suppliers
    - Researching trends and creating storyboards for each season
    - Creating knitwear designs and specifications and sending to offshore suppliers
    - Measuring and assessing samples at all stages from proto to fit to salesman to PP

  • MICHAEL LO SORDO
    DESIGN ASSISTANT
    2014 - 2014

    - Create and developing detailed technical drawings & specifications
    - Source abrics and trims both locally and from overseas suppliers
    - Oversee sampling process and liasing with pattern makers on fit and design details
    - Oversee fits and grading and submitting fit comment specifications
    - Hand sketching designs to communicate ideas to head designer
    - Co-ordinate the manufacturing of custom fabrics and design development with suppliers
    - Design and develop digital print artwork for repeat prints
    - Attend fit sessions and manage modifications to designs as required
    - Manage entire production process to ensure the label’s standards of quality are met
    - Ensure critical path is adhered to during whole production process
    - Liaise with suppliers, agents, factories and other contacts to build and maintain a strong supply network
    - Negotiate prices with manufacturers to meet first margin targets
    - Assist in the production & execution of seasonal campaigns
    - Liase with local makers and grading/cutting room staff
    - Submitting design sheets to offshore suppliers
    - Oversee QC process and procedures
    - Creating costing sheets and ensuring margins are met each season
    - Research seasonal trends and fabrics for design development

  • ELLERY
    PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
    2013 - 2013

    - Ensure garment production and critical path timelines are met
    - Oversee sampling and production processes
    - Engage in fit sessions and document all comments for changes
    - Manage the process of developing re-fit and PP samples & communicating specifications to makers
    - Source new trims for development, both local and overseas.
    - Liaise with Production Manager for required sample fabric and trims for each style
    - Crosscheck garment measurements against specification sheets and communicating discrepancies with Production Manager.
    - Machine sewing samples for the purpose of testing finishes and trims.
    - Visit local cutting rooms/makers, overseeing in-house machinists and the label’s conveying expectations.
    - Create branding and accessory packs for production
    - Sample cutting and interpreting/plotting markers for cutting
    - Liaise with the pattern maker for all fit and technical requirements
    - Assign style numbers to new styles
    - Maintain a seasonal style reference library
    - Create specification sheets and technical drawings for offshore production
    - Ammend specifications for all test, repeat & bulk ship samples
    - Ensure detail from development stages is carried right through all production cycles
    - Managing quality control department
    - Managing local signature fabric development
    - Recording strike-off trials for digital printing and signature fabric development

  • ELLERY
    PRODUCTION ASSISTANT (INTERN)
    2012 - 2012

    - Overseeing quality control department
    - Sample cutting and interpreting/plotting markers for cutting
    - Repairing faulty garments
    - Using InDesign and Photoshop for the creation of digital flyers with InDesign
    - Steaming and preparing garments for studio showings
    - Documenting samples on mannequin
    - Crosschecking garment measurements against specification sheets and communicating discrepancies with Production Manager
    - Machine sewing samples for finishes and trims
    -Visiting local cutting rooms/makers, overseeing in-house machinists and the label’s conveying expectations
    - Packing haberdashery bags for production
    - Block fusing fabric for production
    - Assisting on photo shoots, ensuring garments are prepped and in correct looks
    - Creating and updating spreadsheets regarding production information and timelines using Niche

  • DION LEE
    PRODUCTION ASSISTANT (INTERN)
    2012 - 2012

    - Sample Cutting and Pattern Plotting using industry methods

    - Liaising with in-house pattern makers and machinists, ensuring that sample cut work instructions are correctly communicated to machinists and match specifications

    - Leading up to 2012 London Fashion Week show I oversaw all fabric preparation including block and piece fusing. This process gave me a lot of experience with bonding leather to leather, among other fabrics

    - Tracing pattern blocks onto copy paper for digital textile design development

    - Organizing studio workspace and fabric bays/pattern tables

Education

  • Curtin University of Technology
    Fashion and Textile Design
    2008 - 2010

Awards and Achievements

  • Nominated as Emerging Talent for Object: Australian Design Now Exhibition 2012

    Nominated as Emerging Talent for Object: Australian Design Now Exhibition 2012


    2012
  • DESIGN INSTITUTE AUSTRALIA PROFESSIONAL ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD FOR INNOVATIVE APPLICATION OF TECHNOLOGY [2010]

    Membership to DIA and national recognition as a professional designer


    2010
  • Finalist in Style-Aid Emerging Designer Award 2010

    Finalist in Style-Aid Emerging Designer Award 2010


    2010
  • Dune Fashion Exhibition Student Designer, Shanghai Fashion Week 2010

    Dune Fashion Exhibition Student Designer, Shanghai Fashion Week 2010


    2010
  • Finalist in Women’s Ready-To-Wear Category Perth Fashion Festival 2010

    Finalist in Women’s Ready-To-Wear Category Perth Fashion Festival 2010


    2010
  • Dean’s High Commendations for Strong Academic Performance 2008, 2009, 2010

    Dean’s High Commendations for Strong Academic Performance 2008, 2009, 2010


    2010

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Sally Wilson

Education 2008-2010 - Curtin University of Technology
Employer The Drip
Location Sydney Australia
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About Sally

I began studying Fashion and Textile Design at Curtin University in 2008 and throughout the three year course I have acquired skills and knowledge that will prepare me for a career in the fashion industry. The course has given me many opportunities to present my ideas and skills in a professional environment as well as outside the institute, which has contributed to my experience of the industry workings and requirements. I am extremely passionate about pursuing a career in fashion and the associated creative fields. My design process starts from a digital framework; I work from technical drawings of my designs, which help me with proportion and perspective. The conceptual underpinning of a collection is an important aspect of my designs and through the support of photography and film I am able to convey a complete story for a collection. I believe I possess the enthusiasm and determination to work in the fashion industry, as well as the creativity and vision to develop my work in a professional context.

Since moving to Sydney in 2012, I have undertaken internships with prominent Australian designers which were all invaluable experiences and have extended my design and production knowledge and have educated me about the running of a high-end fashion label. During these internships I gained adequate knowledge of the industry including garment construction, experience with Niche production software, production and sampling processes, collection development, fabric and trim sourcing, styling, marketing and visual merchandising.

Some of my responsibilities in the role of Production Assistant included: updating spreadsheets regarding production information and timelines, ensuring garment production and critical path timelines were met, contacting fabric suppliers for sourcing bulk production fabrics, liaising with factories and makers to ensure Ellery standards were met and maintained throughout the production process. These tasks required high levels of organization and multi-tasking, which I was able to achieve under the time constraints of each season.

Throughout my university course, I utilized every opportunity to become involved in exhibitions and fashion events both in conjunction with the course and outside of it, including Dune Fashion Exhibition for Shanghai Fashion Week and Perth Fashion Festival. In my graduate collection I used laser cutting as a textile surface process for this collection, which developed my interest in how technology can be applied to fashion, it also gave me the skills to communicate my ideas and requirements to manufacturers. As a result of my approach to the design and problem solving of this collection I was awarded the D.I.A Professional Encouragement Award for Innovative Application of Technology.

I have competent computer skills and I have substantial experience using the Adobe programs Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and Premiere Pro.

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