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160 – Launching a clothing brand? Should you start with a seamstress or a factory?


Podcast Ep.160

If you want to launch a clothing label should you get your first samples made by a seamstress or should you go straight to working with a factory?

In this episode, I cover the pros and cons of both so that you can make the decision for yourself as to which you think is best for your business.



  • How a seamstress can translate your ideas into an initial prototype [02:32]
  • Why you should start with a small production run [04:11]
  • The price difference between a seamstress and a factory [04:50]
  • One of the downsides of working with a seamstress is they may not have certain types of machinery that a factory might have [05:47]
  • The difference in the way a seamstress might make something compared to a factory [07:29]
  • The advantages of working with a factory when your sales take off [10:33]

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  1. Donna Spence on April 13, 2021 at 2:27 pm

    Good afternoon Kate than you for sharing your podcast with me. It was very interesting to hear the differences between he pops and cons of a seam stress/ factory. My back ground is from the ragtrade. i totally understand the concept of the samples, machinery, production and deadlines for the customers.

    Therefore over the years my experience of the rag trade and sewing machinist had a impact on me to continue to work to a high standard and produce my own clothing range. I am in the process of looking for a manufacturer to produce some of my Clothing Range for fuller figure ladies,

    In addition to what you mentioned in your podcast about a seamstress or factory to make your garments. I am highly experienced in both areas. I also design, pattern cut, grade. and use the specialised sewing machines. How can i take my clothing range to the next level in order for a manufacturer to produce my ladies with fuller/ range ? what is the cost?

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