Pattern Maker, Product Developer and Apparel Design

 M O R G A N   B R O W N

Experience

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

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

Independent Design and Production Work

  • Created retail packaging for Jacob-May Designs, including fabric ordering, pattern making and construction
  • Patternmaker for Vida and Co.
  • Alterations for customers at Standard and Strange, Oakland, CA
  • Costumed a three woman performance piece for the Foundry Nights, Berkeley, CA
  • Custom design and alterations work for private clients
  • Costume Designer for the independent feature length film Cruel The Ash
  • Costume Designer for Sarah Rabdau and the Self Employed Assassins

Leadership Roles

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

 

Publications:

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

 

Education

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