Originally Posted by Listi
Buy a sewing machine of craigs list, borrow a pattern book from your library, get in your basement and learn to sew. If you can't sew or make patterns, you can't make a clothing line. You've gotta be able to walk before you can run, and right now you can't even crawl.
While this may be true in certain circumstances, it isn't absolutely true, I know of people who are only just starting their own line and are already able to outsource their pattern-making and production of the clothes, leaving them with only needing to find the fabrics and draw up the concepts - as far as getting clothes produced is concerned. Not saying it's like this in all cases as you may not be able to get that kind of connection in every case, but these days it isn't a requirement
to know how to sew or make patterns*. But it will certainly benefit you and should ideally be part of one's process in being a designer, as I mentioned in my above post.
*Considering the lack of necessity for these skils even in small lines, it is quite likely that there are high-end designers that don't do any form of hands-on work themselves save for the concepts of the designs. Though admittedly I'm not aware of the business practice of designers, so this is purely speculation.