Alison Hoenes Design Turns 4! (Exciting Updates)

Today my business turns four years old! It is crazy to think about how much my business has grown and how much I’ve grown with it over the past four years. Running a business is a lot of work, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything else. I get to work with amazing clients and be part of making clothes that fit the lifestyle, values, and bodies of real women.

This year has been the busiest yet and I’ve had a lot going on behind the scenes. Today I’m excited to share a few exciting updates about Alison Hoenes Design!

3D virtual sampling is now included in my Pattern & Development package! 

3D dress sample

I know that reducing textile waste, curtailing delayed shipping times, and getting the perfect fit for a niche customer are all important to my clients. To better serve you in all these areas, I’ve invested in Clo 3D software to provide the first few rounds of fit samples digitally. 

You’ll be able to see your design on a digital fit model and confirm and tweak design details and fit intent before any fabric is cut! Samples in your final fabric are still important for the process, but starting with 3D means the first physical samples are close to perfect. 

I’ve been using 3D with a few clients this spring, and the results have been very exciting. 

We’ve been able to:

  • Reduce the number of physical samples needed
  • Use less fabric during the development process
  • Avoid delayed shipping times as 3D samples can get to you via email in seconds
  • Give you peace of mind that your design matches your vision before any samples are made 

If you’re ready to turn your designs into real garments that can be manufactured, schedule a call with me to get started. 

Do you make your own patterns for your fashion brand?

womens apparel patterns

As a small business owner, you wear many hats and have a lot on your to-do list. Whether you make your own patterns because you’re saving costs while your brand is still growing or because you like the hands-on sense of accomplishment of seeing your designs quickly take shape in front of you, you’re doing a lot and it can be isolating doing it on your own. I get it.

My goal is to help women’s slow fashion brands like you overcome technical unknowns and get designs to production with confidence so you can make clothes that really fit your customer, lifestyle, and values. Each step of your business journey is part of growing slowly and creating a fashion business that fits your lifestyle and values.

While I do this with my clients who hire me for patternmaking, I’ve realized that designers who make their own patterns are often left out. There are fewer resources specifically to help you get your designs to production. Therefore, I’ve been working on something the last few months that will give you more confidence to launch new styles that you’ve patterned yourself.

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