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Fashion Designers Get Paid: Build Your Fashion Career On Your Own Terms
Fashion Designers Get Paid: Build Your Fashion Career On Your Own Terms
Sew Heidi

This is a show for burnt-out fashion designers (and TDs, PDs, patternmakers and beyond) who want more flexibility while still doing work... more

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202: How to Build Your Freelance Career on LinkedIn While Learning CLO 3D

Want to kickstart your freelance career while learning a new industry skill, like Clo3D?In this Fashion Designers Get Paid episode,... more

26 Feb 2024 · 14 minutes
201: You DON'T Need Another Time Management Tool: The REAL Reason You're Procrastinating

Ever feel like one of the biggest roadblocks in your fashion design career is procrastination?If you find yourself reaching for... more

19 Feb 2024 · 34 minutes
200: How This Freelance Fashion Designer & Mom From Brazil Learned English & Built Her Business in the Cracks of the Day

What if you had to completely restart your fashion career?  And what if you were also faced with a lot... more

12 Feb 2024 · 29 minutes
199: Pros & Cons of Freelancing in Fashion: Is it Worth It?

Is freelancing in fashion worth it?If you've ever wondered about being a freelance fashion designer (or PD, TD, patternmaker, etc!)... more

05 Feb 2024 · 18 minutes
198 | Q&A: I'm Scared of Rejection

Rejection doesn't have to be synonymous with failure.The truth is, there will always be rejection in your fashion design career... more

29 Jan 2024 · 14 minutes
197: How to Sell Yourself As A Freelance Fashion Designer (without feeling gross)

Woah...did we just crack the code of sales conversations to land more freelance fashion design clients?!If you've ever felt sales... more

22 Jan 2024 · 56 minutes
196: How This Freelancer Does Sourcing & Product Development for Factories (and is making bank)

Being a freelance fashion designer means you can step outside of the norm and build a career your own way!Just... more

15 Jan 2024 · 43 minutes
195: Fashion Sourcing Trade Show Tips for Freelancers (Andreu David, VP of Sourcing at Magic)

Should freelance fashion designers attend a sourcing trade show?Let's go straight to the source with the vice president of the... more

08 Jan 2024 · 37 minutes
194: Q&A - How Should A Freelance Patternmaker Set Up An UpWork Profile?

Dreaming of more clients doesn't help grow your freelance fashion career...but these tips will!Hanan specializes in modest women's wear and... more

18 Dec 2023 · 12 minutes
193: How to Be a Freelance Fashion Stylist (for TV and personal styling)

There's a mind-blowing amount of nuances that go into being a freelance fashion stylist and who better to share all... more

11 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
192: How This Freelance Technical Designer Landed Her First Client In One Month

Is your corporate fashion job leaving you feeling beat down?  What if you could quit and land your first freelance... more

04 Dec 2023 · 37 minutes
191: Adjust these 5 things on your fashion resume to look "younger" (and avoid ageism)

Is your age holding you back in the fashion industry?Ageism is a legit problem in the fashion industry, with some... more

27 Nov 2023 · 9 minutes
190 - Q&A: Are You Ready to Quit Your Full-Time Job And Go All In As A Freelance Fashion Designer?

Are you at a crossroads in your career as a freelance fashion designer? Wondering if it's the right time to... more

20 Nov 2023 · 17 minutes
How to make your freelance clients happy just by "being available"

Here's your backstage pass to see the challenges and triumphs of building a global fashion brand with freelancers from around... more

13 Nov 2023 · 49 minutes
From Military Pilot to Freelance Fashion Designer. WHAAAT?!

A military pilot turned fashion designer?! Yep! And this awe-inspiring journey shows the possibilities of redefining your career path.Trudy Gardner's... more

06 Nov 2023 · 54 minutes
187 Should you leave the fashion industry? Before you quit, consider this...

Feeling burned out in the fashion industry? Don't throw in the towel just yet! Burnout is real, my friends, and... more

30 Oct 2023 · 11 minutes
186 | Q&A: Do freelance fashion designers need to be on Instagram? The answer will surprise you.

Break free from the endless tweaking of social media and portfolio and start landing paid projects.  Discover how to prioritize... more

23 Oct 2023 · 17 minutes
185: How to Build A Fashion Design Agency & Launch Your Fashion Brand On The Side

Want to know the ups and downs of building a fashion agency, navigating freelance work in fashion, and the incredible... more

16 Oct 2023 · 58 minutes
184: How This Freelance Textile Designer Is Charging $75/hr

Are you tired of the rat race and longing for more control over your schedule? In this inspiring episode, textile... more

09 Oct 2023 · 49 minutes
183 What's more profitable: starting a clothing line or being a freelance fashion designer?

Dreaming of working in the fashion industry and making money? Well, hold on tight because in this episode, we're diving... more

02 Oct 2023 · 12 minutes
182| Q&A: How Do Freelance Technical Designers Review Protos Remotely?

Ever wondered how freelance technical designers review garment samples remotely? Look no further! In this episode, we join Heidi and... more

25 Sep 2023 · 8 minutes
181 The Secret to Get New Clients on Autopilot for Your Freelance Fashion Design Business

Get ready to unlock your potential as a fashion design freelancer with expert tips on getting clients on autopilot, offering... more

18 Sep 2023 · 41 minutes
180: How This Pattern Cutter Freelanced for Alexander McQueen (While Still in Fashion School)

Imagine freelancing for one of the biggest names in the fashion industry while still in fashion school!If you're thinking that's... more

11 Sep 2023 · 58 minutes
179: Illegal "freelance" fashion design jobs...

Before accepting your next fashion design "freelance" gig, make sure it's not illegal.  I'm exposing the exploitative nature of these... more

04 Sep 2023 · 9 minutes
178: Q&A: Hey Fashion Designer, Are You Stuck in Your Comfort Zone?

If you've ever found yourself stuck in your comfort zone and in need of a little push to take your... more

28 Aug 2023 · 22 minutes
177: How this Fashion Designer Used LinkedIn to Land High-Paying Projects

Uncover this fashion designer's secrets to attracting clients and growing a successful agency, while also shedding light on the challenges... more

21 Aug 2023 · 49 minutes
176: From "trapped" in NYC to in control of her own destiny: how this freelance fashion designer did it

Welcome back to another episode of "Fashion Designers Get Paid"! Today we have a fantastic guest joining us - the talented... more

14 Aug 2023 · 55 minutes
175: We’re BACK with some BIG (and exciting!) changes!

Welcome back, fashion friends! It's Heidi here, and I am beyond excited to announce that we're back with some BIG... more

07 Aug 2023 · 10 minutes
SFF174: Podcast Updates (and free LIVE training!)

This episode is a little bit different than our normal episodes. In this episode, I’m going to talk about some... more

03 Jan 2023 · 7 minutes
SFF173: Fashion Freelancer Q&A: How to Ask for Referrals to Get Consistent Income

Referrals are one of the best ways to grow your freelance fashion design business but they don’t just fall in... more

19 Dec 2022 · 1 hour,
SFF172: How This Freelance Fashion Designer Landed a $10k Project on Upwork

We love all of the great things being a freelance fashion designer has to offer, but what about the tasks... more

05 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
SFF171: Fashion Freelancer Q&A: WTF Do I Put In A Tech Pack Portfolio?

We’ve all been there – struggling to figure out what in the world to include in your tech pack portfolio... more

21 Nov 2022 · 30 minutes
SFF170: From Factory Worker to Successful Freelance Patternmaker

On this episode of the Successful Fashion Freelancer Podcast, we bring on Darci, who took an interest to sewing at... more

07 Nov 2022 · 53 minutes
SFF169: Fashion Freelancer Q&A: When Brands Keep Saying "Not Now, Maybe Later"

Have you ever wondered how much is too much when reaching out to brands? You want to be a proactive... more

24 Oct 2022 · 12 minutes
SFF168: How This Freelancer Quadrupled Her Income (and took 2 months off)

Can you imagine having the flexibility and resources to just simply… take 2 months off from work? Well, in this... more

10 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
SFF 167: Fashion Freelancer Q&A: Project Pricing Hacks (So You Don't Undercharge)

One of the most common topics students ask about freelancing in fashion is pricing. Do you charge hourly or by... more

26 Sep 2022 · 25 minutes
SFF 166: This Fashion Freelance Changed ONE Thing On LinkedIn and Got More Clients

You’ve tried everything to get clients – Upwork, cold pitching, you name it. In this interview with Aashika, a freelance... more

12 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
SFF165: Fashion Freelancer Q&A: Balancing Motherhood, Work and Freelancing

We can all agree that no matter what you have going on – life can get really busy sometimes. Between... more

29 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute
SFF164: Breaking Back Into Fashion After Burnout

There are millions of reasons we might leave the fashion industry – burn out, starting a family, a big move,... more

15 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
SFF163: Why Undercharging Is Killing Your Freelance Career

Setting your rates is one of the hardest aspects of freelancing, and it might be holding you back. Such was... more

01 Aug 2022 · 57 minutes
SFF162: Fashion Freelancer Q&A: Tips On Getting Started Without Experience

Everyone has to start somewhere in the fashion world. In this episode of the Successful Fashion Freelancer podcast, you’ll get... more

18 Jul 2022 · 51 minutes
SFF161: Starting a Brand vs Freelancing: Which Is Better?

Starting your own fashion brand is the dream for many – but it’s not a walk in the park. In... more

20 Jun 2022 · 51 minutes
SFF160: Fashion Freelancer Q&A: How to Pick a Niche for Surface Pattern Designers (plus more on pitching & pricing)

Surface pattern design is a broad category that includes textile design and print and pattern design for all sorts of... more

06 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
SFF159: What Does a Freelance Fashion Designer Do? (It may surprise you!)

If you’re interested in freelancing in the fashion industry, but you don’t know where to start, this one’s for you!... more

23 May 2022 · 13 minutes
SFF158: How this Freelance Textile Designer Outearned Her Salary (in her first year of freelancing)

Struggling to find a job (even after attending a respected fashion school)? Stuck at a job that sucks the joy... more

09 May 2022 · 55 minutes
SFF157: Fashion Freelancer Q&A: What to Do When a Client Ghosts Me (and how to charge for meetings + phone calls)

Are you charging too much as a freelance fashion designer? Money is one of the most awkward subjects for many... more

25 Apr 2022 · 50 minutes
SFF156: How to Source Fabrics for Your Freelance Clients

Whether you’re new to the fashion industry or you’ve only worked for bigger brands, sourcing fabrics and trims for smaller... more

11 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
SFF155: Fashion Freelancer Q&A: I Have 15 Clients and Am on the Struggle Bus

On the surface, it sounds like Krystal has it all—a thriving freelance fashion design biz, FIFTEEN solid clients, and a... more

28 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
SFF154: How She Became a Freelance Fashion Illustrator + Designer (and sent a $4500 invoice!)

“I can’t freelance—I need a stable job.” One of the biggest misconceptions about freelancing in fashion is that it’s feast... more

14 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
SFF153: Fashion Freelancer Q&A: What to Do When You're Stuck and Can't Find Enough Time

One of the MOST common reasons aspiring fashion freelancers put off building their freelance career is not having enough time.... more

28 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
SFF152: How This 20-Year-Old from India Became a Freelance Fashion Designer (With No Experience)

The high cost of fashion school shouldn’t be the thing that keeps you from working in the industry you love.... more

14 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
SFF151: Fashion Freelancer Q&A: Why Are Brands Ghosting Me?

You’ve landed a new client, and the trial project they requested went great! You’re ready to start the full project... more

31 Jan 2022 · 1 hour,
SFF150: Fashion Freelancer Q&A: I'm at Capacity! How Can I Grow My Business if I Can't Take On More Clients? (Pt 2)

Successful Fashion Freelancer Alison Hoenes has grown her freelance business to 75% more than her old full-time income in just... more

24 Jan 2022 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
SFF149: How This Freelance Patternmaker Beat Her Full Time Income by 75% (Pt 1)

How do you grow from your first few clients to a thriving, fully booked freelance biz? After four years as... more

17 Jan 2022 · 44 minutes
SFF148: How She Built a International Freelance Fashion Design Agency from India

A common myth about freelancing is that it’s unstable, and you have to hustle 24/7 to get enough projects to... more

03 Jan 2022 · 53 minutes
SFF147: "I turned my side hustle into my full time hustle"

You’ve put in the time and the work. Now there's only one thing standing between your side hustle becoming your... more

20 Dec 2021 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
SFF146: Fashion Freelancer Q&A: Managing Your First $4k Project on Upwork

Congrats! You’ve landed your first big freelance client on Upwork… now what? It appears you got your work cut out... more

06 Dec 2021 · 56 minutes
SFF145: How This Textile Designer Is Charging $60/hr on Upwork

Pitching on Upwork can be tough. Despite knowing that you're THE perfect fit for projects, it can be a struggle... more

22 Nov 2021 · 57 minutes
SFF144: Fashion Freelancer Q&A: Why your emails aren't getting replies (+ more on pricing, starting without experience, and finding clients)

Starting a new career is scary, and it can be easy to underestimate what you bring to the table when... more

08 Nov 2021 · 1 hour, 25 minutes
SFF143: From $100 to $3k/month...And Then I Realized I Was Permalancing...

"Just realized I'm permalancing and I hate it! How do I 'Quit'?" Finding yourself in the world of... more

25 Oct 2021 · 57 minutes
SFF142: How to figure out your services as a fashion freelancer

One place new fashion freelancers get stuck all the time is figuring out what services to offer. If you’ve been... more

18 Oct 2021 · 29 minutes
SFF141: Why I Hired This Freelancer (and then hired her again, and again, and again!)

Ever wondered what your clients & potential clients are thinking? What makes them decide to hire a freelancer from a... more

11 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
SFF140: Fashion Freelancer Puberty

Ah, puberty. That fun phase we all go through. When surprises pop up that NO ONE prepared you for, everything... more

04 Oct 2021 · 17 minutes
SFF139 Fashion Freelancer Q&A: CLO3d as a service? Project pricing? And what about portfolios?

Even if you’ve been in the fashion industry for years (or decades!), transitioning to a freelance career presents a unique... more

27 Sep 2021 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
SFF138 How She Did It: A Fashion Freelancer with No Industry Experience

“It’s practically impossible to break into fashion.” If you’ve ever believed this myth, you’re not alone. And that’s how today’s... more

13 Sep 2021 · 49 minutes
SFF137 Fashion Freelancer Q&A: I feel like I'm losing my skills and confidence...

If you’ve ever felt rusty or worried that you’re losing your edge in your fashion career, this episode is for... more

30 Aug 2021 · 45 minutes
SFF136 Creating Stability and Fulfillment as a Fashion Freelancer

You shouldn’t have to choose between your fashion career and your family. That “9 to 5” (more like 7 AM... more

16 Aug 2021 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
SFF135 Fashion Freelancer Q&A: What should my services be? (The skills I have or what I LOVE?)

As a freelancer in fashion, should you offer the skills you already know how to do well, or learn new... more

26 Jul 2021 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
SFF134 How to Be a Remote Freelance Patternmaker

Freelance patternmaker Alexandra doesn’t have a fashion degree, and she doesn’t live in a fashion hub. Yet with only a... more

19 Jul 2021 · 57 minutes
SFF133 The Fashion Freelancer Who Never Wanted to Be a Freelancer

If you’ve never considered freelancing as an option for your fashion career, you’re not alone. Today’s guest, Amy, liked working... more

05 Jul 2021 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
Fashion Designers Get Paid: Build Your Fashion Career On Your Own Terms
SFF134 How to Be a Remote Freelance Patternmaker
Fashion Designers Get Paid: Build Your Fashion Career On Your Own Terms

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Freelance patternmaker Alexandra doesn’t have a fashion degree, and she doesn’t live in a fashion hub. Yet with only a couple years... more