Pattern Maker, Product Developer and Apparel Design

 M O R G A N   B R O W N


Gymboree, San Francisco, CA

Technical Designer                                      

  • Ownership over Baby Boy and both genders in Brand New Baby category for Gymboree. Leads bi-weekly fittings with cross-functional departments and submits fit comment package to offshore vendors.

  • Creation of  costing spec packages for new products

  • Development of new block patterns for Gymboree Brand

  • Team player in the rebranding of Gymboree  resulting in a Fall season with no carry over styles and a  doubled workload.

  • Regular use of Optitex to check pattern and grade nest.

  • Daily communication  with vendors and cross-functional team members to maintain quality, safety and fit standards.

Dwnstrs Brand, Oakland, CA

Founder; Lead Tech Designer and Product Developer     

  • First through production pattern makers for all new styles, including all grading and marker creation.

  • Oversaw production at San Francisco manufacturing facility

  • Sewing and managing fit samples. Lead all fittings and execute changes.

  • Technical Package creation and maintenance, including technical sketches.

Betabrand, San Francisco, CA

Pattern Making Technician / Technical Designer       

  • Patternmaking and Marker Design using PAD software system for mens and womens top, bottoms and outerwear categories

  • Evaluation of fit on all samples, performs appropriate pattern corrections and design changes.

  • Actively work with Design Department in all stages of product development; consulting in technical design and fabric selection

  • Assess production and marketing release timeline for delivery dates and prioritize the sewing queue for in-house sample makers

  • Creating specification packages for knits, wovens and fully fashioned knits using Excel and Illustrator for Production Manager

  • Review of construction, pre production and top of production samples from outside contractors for quality assurance

  • Attend weekly Production Meeting and Design Handoff meetings to assure deadlines are met and costs are kept down with Production, Design and Merchandising departments

Quality Assurance Field Technician                                        

  • Developed Betabrands Quality Assurance Standard Manual that is currently in use in both domestic and offshore facilities

  • Visited domestic factories on daily basis to resolve any issues and monitor all production progress. Provide feedback and progress to production manager.

  • Attended weekly production timeline meeting to assure all deadlines were met

  • Performed audits of size runs, pre production samples and top of production samples and worked with Technical Design Department in creating procedure for documentation and record keeping

  • Performed quality assurance checks on all Dress Pant Yoga pants coming in from offshore contractors -- Betabrand’s top selling product. Worked with Production Manager to correct construction issues and brought return rate down significantly.

The Tripty Project, Oakland, CA :: Dhaka, Bangladesh

Co-Founder // Director of Product Development and Production

  • Lead designer and patternmaker for mens and womens Spring / Summer 2016 collection

  • Managed sampling of 20 styles in Bangladesh factory over 6 day period

  • Worked to create quality standards for all products produced with Bangladeshi contractors

  • Completed on the ground technical training and quality standards training at the factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Freelance Patternmaker

  • Patternmaker and Technical Designer for Field Day Spring ‘18 and Fall ‘18 line.

  • Costume design for Isis Hockenos’s immersive dinner piece Night Fishing at the Midway Gallery San Francisco

  • Patternmaker and Technical Design for DressTech and Sculptress; creating undergarments  garments to hold silicone shapewear for cross-dressing, trans woman and bridal markets.

  • Patternmaker and technical design for Newd Elements, a sustainable small goods brand

  • Design and Material Sourcing consultant and Patternmaker for a developing menswear brand out of the Stanford D School

  • Technical Designer for Vida and Co a Google Venture backed start-up in  San Francisco, specializing in crowd-funded apparel.

  • Created retail packaging for Jacob-May Designs, including fabric ordering, pattern making and construction

  • Alterations for customers at Standard and Strange, Oakland, CA

  • Costumed a three woman performance piece for the Foundry Nights, Berkeley, CA

  • Costume Designer for Sarah Rabdau and the Self Employed Assassins

Joshu + Vela, San Francisco, CA

Production Manager

  • Technical Designer for new styles and products

  • Manage daily workflow of in-house tailors, leatherworkers , interns and occasional outside vendors such as silk screeners and cutters.

  • Write Purchase Orders for all COGS and track delivery and storage locations

  • Update items in Quickbooks to reflect recent changes in design, material usage and labor

  • Enter all finished goods into inventory through Quickbooks and Shopify platform

  • Assist production team when needed in leatherwork, cutting and finishing

 Armour sans Anguish, Oakland, CA

Production and Design Assistant 

  • Lead patternmaker and sample sewer for two styles in Spring/Summer 2014 ready-to-wear line

  • Lead designer in bringing custom flower girl dress line from concept into full, regular production

  • Created and implemented production systems at in-house manufacturing facility, leading to new styles, improved finishing techniques and fewer returned garments

Cedar Cycling, Oakland, CA

Production Manager

  • Oversaw two production runs of mens cycling bike jerseys in San Leandro manufacturing facility

  • Consulted lead patternmaker in fit and style changes during development of womens jersey

  • Contacted international and domestic fabric reps in order to obtain swatches and arrange meetings

  • Updated tech packs, inventory lists and measured samples to spec

Leadership Roles

Key participant in a multi-disciplinary artist warehouse in East Oakland, Standard Parts Studios January 2017 - Present

  • Project lead in construction, painting and spacial design projects, marketed the space for full time tenants and daily film contracts.

  • Designed, outfitted and currently runs a cooperative sewing and textiles studio within the warehouse.

Instructed a DIY Fashion class for teen interns at the Children’s Creativity Museum: San Francisco, CA 2013

  • Created project samples, idea boards and assisted teens in project completion

Designed and facilitated a Fiber Arts program for teens at Farm and Wilderness: Vernon, VT 2009

  • Instructed a farm to fiber curriculum that included washing, carding and felting wool

Crew Leader for the Northwest Youth Corps: Pacific Northwest, 2008

  • Oversaw ten person crew of teens during contracted trail maintenance jobs 36 hours/week

  • Taught environmental education during evenings at camp, enabling teens to obtain school credit


Additional Training

Natural Dying: Created dyes from various plants and mordants: Richmond Arts Center, California 2015

Garment Industry 411: Fabric Sourcing & Inspection, Product Development & Costing, Documentation,

Manufacturing Calendar, Domestic vs. Offshore Production and Quality Assurance taught by Lana Hogue San

Francisco, CA 2013

Trama Textiles: Fabrication and weaving on a backstrap loom: Quetzaltenango, Guatemala 2008

Amherst Fiber Arts Center: Sculptural Knitting and Weaving on a Four Harness Loom Amherst, MA 2007

Cobbling Workshop: Created custom leather shoes with rubber soles: Amherst, MA, 2007


Awards and Recognition

Awarded second place in repurposing clothing design competition

Recipient of Dean’s Scholarship at Hampshire College 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009

Received “Distinguished” Review on 2-D Portfolio at NYSATA.


Art Shows

2010: Division III Group Show at Hampshire College Gallery Amherst, MA

2010: “Alterations” Senior Thesis Show at Hampshire College Gallery Amherst, MA

2005, 2004, 2003: Student Art Show at Ossining Public Library Ossining, NY

2004: “Tomorrows Artists” at Westchester Community College: Vahalla, NY

2004: “Arts in Action” fund-raiser for Cancer Patients. Sold two pieces.

2004: Annual Photography Show sponsored by Croton Council for the Arts



2005 Photography and Pen and Ink published in Interval Magazine

2004 Photography and Poetry published in Interval Magazine

2003 Photography and Poetry published in Interval Magazine


Additional Skills

Sewing: Highly proficient seamstress on both single needle and overlock machine

Computer Proficiency: PAD Systems, Quickbooks, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Social Networking, Google , Photoshop and Illustrator

Language: Conversational Spanish



Apparel Arts, San Francisco, CA                                                                                        

  • Completed courses in: Pattern Making, Fashion Illustration, Draping, Construction, Textiles, Apparel Production, Apparel Manufacturing, Design Principles and Tailoring

 Hampshire College Amherst, MA                                                                                                                         

  • Bachelors of Arts with a concentration in Fiber Arts and Spanish; culminating in a sculptural thesis show