Tamara Akiyoshi

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Experienced Apparel Designer with a diverse background in all areas of Manufacturing. My versatility is reflected in my knowledge of Contemporary, Activewear and Sportswear markets. I am currently seeking freelance projects.



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  • Market Segments

  • Availability

  • Relocation

  • Technologies

    Adobe illustrator CS5
    Adobe Photoshop
    Microsoft Word
    Microsoft Excell
    Full Circle
  • Schools/Training

    FBI Adobe Illustrator CS5
    Brooks College Associate in Arts, Fashion Design

More Information

I recently moved to the east coast. I'm working on private label for boutiques as well as other freelance projects. Please feel free to email me with questions.

9/2012--6/2013 Asics—Technical Illustration Designer (freelance) Irvine, CA
• Collaborated with Design and Product Development on creating new tech packs for current season and interpreting designer’s vision.
• Executed ideas into finished product maintaining corporate standards.
• Lead fit sessions on live models and created fit comments and illustrated Technical Illustrations necessary for factories.
• Successfully developed fit and specifications for new product line of Beach Volleyball.
• Reviewed construction with Production Team and conclude best solution for cost affective.
• Trouble shoots areas with Product Development and made recommendations regarding problem areas to improve upon.
• Rallied the Tech team to respond positively to produce the best product possible.
• Improved communication and any disconnect between Technical, Product and Design.
• Managed work load in department and collaborate with design team on correct color, fabric, fit, trims and sewing construction.

7/2012—8/2012 Quiksilver—Technical Design (freelance-temp)
•Created fitting comments for Sweaters, Fleece, Jackets, Denim and Woven shirts.
•Worked with Tech team on proper fit and communicated with factories on any corrections regarding specs and construction.
•Illustrated proper Pattern corrections necessary for completion to meet deadlines on Pre Production samples.

8/2008–6/2012 Straight Laced
Huntington Beach, CA
Contemporary Women’s Designer
•Created all styles and Presentation Boards for development.
•Researched new fabric developments, dye treatments and trims.
•Reviewed and approved all artwork and lab dips.
•Developed and built Tech Packs with all detailed information.
•Communicated with domestic and global factory on all aspects of design development, costing and technical packages.
•Successfully implemented a new screen print technique to be used for a design concept on graphic tees.
•Gave direction on art graphic ideas to three Artists to create for the line.
•Track all samples and check status.
•Review fit on dress forms and live models.
•Presented line to potential buyers.

8/2011-11/2011 Hurley
Technical Design Costa Mesa, CA
•Created fitting comments for proto types for Women’s, Men’s and Boy’s tops and bottoms.
•Reviewed specs and helped Develop correct grading in Full Circle system.
•Illustrated pattern changes with photos and necessary details in Illustrator to show proper corrections to factory.
•Analyze current grading and finalize for each garment.
•Update all design and specification information.

4/2010-5/2010 Brochu Walker Contemporary Sweaters/ knits) Freelance)
Design/Fit Technician Culver City, CA
•Coordinate with design and production team to maintain vision for company.
•Create line sheets, specs, grading and construction pages needed for Import Tech Packs.
•Implement fashion details needed for line sheets.
•Create tech packs with updated fit corrections and responsible for communicating
with pattern makers on any changes.
•Initiate all fitting sessions and make judgment calls on correct over all fit that affect cost.
•Work with Designer on technical concepts and improve overall fit for each garment.

3/2007–7/2009 Knit Works (KWDZ) Los Angeles, CA
Assistant Design/Technical

•Collaborate with Design team and Production on all product development.
•Create spec sheets, grading and construction pages needed for Import Tech Packs for all tops and bottoms in knits and woven’s.
•Implement screen placements and fashion details that need to be set up in Adobe Illustrator.

5/2003–12/2006 Azita Manufacturing/Sugar (Young Contemporary) Irvine, CA
Designer/Technical Design
•Communicated with Design and Production team on Product Development.
•Contributed to seasonal trends, themes, colors and styling.
•Developed flat patterns and tech pack for knits and wovens.
•Conducted fittings every week on fit model for correct fit and styling.
•Initiated fabric treatments and worked with shrinkages of wash treatments to assure proper fit.
•Supervised and managed a team of ten people in the design room.
•Followed thru from first sample to production approval.
•Worked with Private label companies on designs and custom specifications.
•Contributed to increase total sales by 15% the first year of employment.

Additional Professional Experience:
5/1999-4/2003 Wet Seal
Fit Technician
3/1995-4/1999 Jollie Fashions Contemporary Designer
1/1993-2/1995 Body Glove(Dive n Surf) Head Designer

Knowledge of Full Circle, A2000 PDM, Adobe Illustrator (CS5), Photoshop, Excel and Word and IMAC
•Highly creative.
•Researches trends to adapt to current market or category.
•Executes technical sketches and all information needed for product development.
•Excellent understanding of garment construction fit and finishes.
•Great organizational skills and ability to multi task.
•Works well independently and in team efforts.
•Adaptable in a fast paced, high growth work environment.
•Experience in working with knits, woven’s, and denim, leather and performance stretch fabric.
•Ability to create unique fabrication ideas as well as mock up and drape on dress forms.

Brooks College Long Beach, CA Associate in Arts Fashion Design

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