Custom Designed Apparel
Fashion Designer in Calgary, AB
Colour Alchemist Canada helps apparel and fashion designers turn their ideas into real wearable garments. It is our mission to help you churn out your vision, advise on feasibility, study your brand’s style, and translate that information into a specific garment. Our holistic approach covers all aspects of fashion and apparel development, including working with your clothing factory to ensure your pieces are properly and efficiently produced. Our goal is to help you fill in the blanks between your idea and what the garment factories need to initiate your final step: The production of your goods. Thanks to our unique position in the marketplace, we’re able to leverage our relationships with suppliers and manufacturers to bring your vision to life.
The Custom Designed Apparel pathway is one that creates your vision from scratch.
Colour Alchemist Canada requires basic front and back sketches to begin the pattern making process. Clients are welcome to provide quality flat sketches of their own, or we can develop them for you. Sketches help prevent miscommunication of details between idea and pattern.
Technical packages (tech packs)
A tech pack is a blueprint of an apparel design that is created to communicate to your manufacturer/factory what components are required to construct your product. Tech-Packs include detailed sketches, custom measurements for your product, materials required, colours, trimmings, label, hangtag, and packaging information. Colour Alchemist Canada can provide tech packs for domestic and import production.
Pattern Design: Patterns or Spec development
Patterns are the “puzzle pieces” of your garment. Patterns are tangible assets that represent the core of your brand’s identity (the fit) and are considered intellectual property. All patterns designed by Colour Alchemist Canada are from scratch and based on your exclusive target body. All production patterns produced for you are exclusively yours and will not be reused or resold by Colour Alchemist Canada. Both manual and digital (CAD) patterns available.
Colour Ups and Line Sheets
Companies often require coloured sketches and line sheets for sales purposes. Colour Alchemist Canada can provide colour ups and line sheets for your products.
Collection standardisation is ensuring that the fit and sizing throughout your collection makes sense for your client and remains consistent. Clients who have purchased full packages have this service included. Consulting for existing brands available. Call us for a review of your product.
Grading of your pattern is the creation of all the sizes. Colour Alchemist Canada can help you with the development of your grade rules for your brand. Or if you have existing grade rules, we will use those. Pricing is per piece. To request a pattern to be graded, please fill in this form: GRADING REQUEST FORM
*** Kindly note that if your pattern was not completed by Colour Alchemist Canada and is in HARD COPY, you will require that your pattern be digitised first.
Digitising is the transferring of hard copy patterns to digital patterns. Pricing is per piece. To request a pattern to be DIGITISED, please fill in this form: DIGITISING REQUEST FORM
Marker making for production is setting the patterns of all the sizes required to be cut. Many factories provide this service, however for those who do not, Colour Alchemist Canada can help with this. Markers are made digitally, and Colour Alchemist Canada does have a wide width plotter and can print your markers for you.
Quality Assurance Services
Quality assurance is an important part of your business. Verifying your production, ensuring that the factories have completed your product as per the specifications requested is time consuming but extremely important. Colour Alchemist Canada can provide you with Q & A services.
Large Format Plotting
Printing services available. Should you require large format printing (up to 67" wide) for your markers, we can provide this service for you. Markers are billed at $5.00 admin fee per marker plus $1.50 per linear foot. Plot files should be submitted in PLT or HP2 format. To request a print job, please fill in this form: LARGE FORMAT PRINTING
All packaged projects completed by Colour Alchemist Canada are quoted with mock-ups and samples which we complete in house. We are also available to assist in sample making for prototypes, kickstarters, help reduce pressure on factories back logged with sample production, or evaluate sizing. We also offer Alterations for companies that have larger units to adjust. We do not do personalised alterations. Our shop rate for stitching is $50/hr
LOW MOQ Production
We offer low MOQ (MIN 5 per size +) production for specialized designers. We are not a factory, however, have a qualified team and well equipped studio workshop to assemble low MOQ items for higher end and specialized clothing. Our shop rate for cutting and stitching is $50/hr