Dates Available: February 10 & 11, 2018 (Max. 6 participants)
                               March 10 & 11, 2018 (Max. 6 participants)
                               Cost: $1200 CAD

The Design and Development Boot Camp is a 2 day intensive workshop aimed at individuals who are starting a clothing line and are in the early stages of product development.  The course has been developed to highlight fundamental concepts and provide hands-on experience in a development/production facility.


Over the 2 days, the group will design and produce a custom bamboo/cotton t-shirt; the group will move through the complete development process, be introduced to common industry machines and stitches, and have the opportunity to cut and sew using industrial machines.  Throughout the course, emphasis will be placed on the interconnectedness of the different steps (design, pattern making, iterative sample sewing, grading etc), the impact they have on production and how to make the right decisions for your brand.  The Studio Session culminates with open shop time where you can practice your new skills, ask questions, and/or hang-out. ​Group sizes are limited to ensure that that every participant comes away with a stronger understanding of product development, clothing production and preparing your brand for success.


Day 1: 9:00am - 6:00pm (or as late as required to finish laying fabric)

Day 2: 9:00am - 4:00 pm + free shop time 4-6pm

Day 1 - Product Development



  • Introductions 

  • Review of goals of the session

  • Shop rules


Tour of the Shop

  • Introduction to Machine Types - Lockstitch, 5T coverstitch, 3T, 4T and 5T sergers, flatlock, chainstitch, lap seamer, buttonholer, button sewer, tacker, zigzag

  • Demonstration of function & seams produced & common applications

Design & Product Development

  • Custom t-shirt designed by the group; decide on style elements, seams etc.

  • Take measurements off selected fit model

  • Watch pattern draft in 3D pre-visualization software, make changes as decided by group

  • Import pattern into pattern making software, pattern draft for production​

  • Plot the base pattern out on plotter

  • Cut single sample & sew

  • Fit on model & make revisions as necessary in pattern draft

  • Repeat plot, cut & sew single sample.

  • Group to decide on production size ratio & number of layers

  • Create a marker & plot

  • Lay fabric & place marker, leave over night


Day 2 - Production


Cutting & Sewing of T-Shirt

  • Fabric cutting (everyone will get a turn) 

  • Production sewing of garment (everyone will sew at least one t-shirt)

  • Pressing & finishing of garment; everyone takes home at least one t-shirt they have produced

  • Each group member gets a nested copy of the pattern (digital & paper)

  • Questions & Fun Times


Both days include catered meals & refreshments for participants.

Topics Covered

  • Design

  • Marker Making

  • Master Patterns

  • Pattern Drafting in CAD

  • 3D software

  • Machines

  • Production Cutting

  • Production Sewing

  • Industry Terminology

  • Production Planning

  • Grading

  • Fabric Types

  • Seam Types

  • Connecting with the industry

  • Sourcing

  • How to buy machines

  • Tools of the trade

  • Technical Drawings

  • Costing garments