I'm so excited to introduce the maker behind the Meghan Evans brand and share the studio space where our clothing is manufactured with you. As you may already know, I design all ME styles, source the fabric, and work with a woman-owned small run production company located in Washington, DC to manufacture the line.
I work with Rosalie, pictured above, to bring you all ME styles. Her studio is located in Northeast DC and as you can probably tell from these photos, is filled with natural light thanks to the many windows.
When we meet to discuss new potential styles, I come prepared with a sketch, notes, and a fabric swatch. We chat about the design and how to best execute it. Then, she creates a sample (usually a muslin sample - a prototype of the design in muslin fabric). We perfect fit and design with the muslin sample before moving onto a fabric sample. Sometimes only a few alterations are needed in this process, but oftentimes a new sample (or two) is created. I wear the final fabric sample for 48 hours, try it on other women, and test wash the garment before giving her approval to finalize the pattern and have the pattern graded. This period of creating, altering, and making new samples takes months. This process is repeated for each style.
Once the sample is perfected and the pattern finalized, a unique pattern is created for every size in a style (referred to as "pattern grading"). For example, if I offer a dress in sizes regular 2 to 16 and tall 4 to 18, sixteen (16) different patterns are required (one for each size in regular and one for each size in tall).
Once the pattern has been graded, it's possible to begin production. Fabric is cut using the graded patterns and then sewn to create a garment. Rosalie sews all garments on commercial grade sewing machines using industry standard techniques.
Do you have any questions about the manufacturing process?
Photos by Ana Isabel Photography