Future of Patternmaking: Presented by SF FASHTECH and Oakland Fashion Network


Join us for discussions with industry leaders on the evolution of patternmaking and how technology is changing the future of apparel manufacturing. Meet and network with fashion and technology professionals, and learn what happens behind the scenes to bring fashion to life. Refreshments and snacks provided.


Tuesday, April 14 at Apparel Arts – 1616 Franklin St., Oakland
Doors open/networking: 6pm
Presentations/Q&A: 6:30pm-7:30pm
Networking: 7:30pm-8pm
Get $5 off tickets ($10 discounted price) with code on Eventbrite: OFN

$15 tickets (cash only) at the door

Suzy Furrer, Founder, Apparel Arts
Suzy began her career in fashion by designing, patterning and knitting sweaters and selling them to private clients and boutiques. In the mid-80’s, Suzy studied in San Francisco with Simmon Sethna, a couturier who learned patternmaking and construction techniques in Paris in the 1950’s. After completing her studies, she worked as a freelance patternmaker for many Bay Area apparel companies. Suzy’s patternmaking text, Building Patterns: The Architecture of Women’s Clothing has been used to teach thousands of students. She is the Founder and Director of Apparel Arts. Suzy also teaches patternmaking online at www.Craftsy.com.

Suzy will present an overview and brief history of patternmaking and apparel production. Drafting, modifying, and grading patterns is a laborious process, which makes turning an idea into a producible garment slow and expensive.

Callum Lamb, Fashion Designer, Apparel Arts Alumni
Callum learned to sew as a kid, and after getting degrees in physics and astrophysics, decided he would rather make clothes than do research. So he moved back to California, studied pattern making at Apparel Arts, and has been designing and sewing apparel since 2010. Callum is interested in making it easier for everyone to develop and produce their clothing designs.
Callum will demonstrate some ideas about how to make the process faster, simpler, and more flexible by building smarter software.

Mary Ann Parker is the owner of Marker Express, Inc.
Mary Ann has worked in the apparel industry since 1980. A 1981 graduate of FIDM, Mary Ann began her career in Los Angeles as a 1st patternmaker, and then moved to the San Francisco area in 1984. She worked as a production patternmaker at Koret of California, where she learned to use the Camsco software system, an early computer patternmaking program. In addition to patternmaking, she learned grading and marking. In 1991, Mary Ann left the Gap to start Marker Express, Inc. with 2 other colleagues. In 1994, the company incorporated and in 1998, Mary Ann became sole owner of the business. Marker Express, Inc. does grading and marking for a wide variety of customers and products, primarily in the SF Bay area, but works with many companies through out the U.S. as well as internationally. The business currently uses 3 apparel software programs: Gerber AccuMark, PAD, and Optitex.

SF FASHTECH (SFFT) is the premiere community platform dedicated to fashion, design, and technology. Through high quality curated programming, SFFT promotes and drives innovation in commerce, textiles, mobile, wearable technology, and other areas. Our community comprises creators, entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts from fashion, design, retail, software, hardware, wearable tech, media, investment, and related industries.


One thought on “Future of Patternmaking: Presented by SF FASHTECH and Oakland Fashion Network

  1. Very interesting. We are have solutions that allow for quick pattern adjustment and easy design and concept drawings. Yuliya Raquel ( Fonder of IGIGI.com) and BOOTSTRAPFASHION.com are creating technical solutions to reduce the time and expense of line and pattern development.

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