Jessica Steffes

Chicago, IL, USA

Work Experience

The Apparel Agency

Director of Operations

April 2013 - Present Chicago, Illinois, United States

24 Seven Talent

Freelance Product Development Manager

October 2012 - April 2013 Chicago, Illinois, United States

Jessica Steffes Design, Development And Consultation Services


Concept development and consulting for apparel and products. Offer assistance and guidance with overall development and production processes, patternmaking, sourcing, sample making, alterations, technical design, fit consultations, CAD, technical sketches.

• Technical Design/ Technical and development processes consultant Mar 2011
• Specialty Product Consultant, development, fabric sourcing, technical specification research, and sample development for specialty device in health industry Feb 2011- May 2011
• Specialty Alterations In Nov 2010
• Technical Design for Athletic wear company Jul 2010
• Template design for tech packs Jun 2010
• Garment Construction for medical scrubs company Mar 2010
• Bridal gown design, tech, flat pattern, sourcing, and construction Aug 2009 to Sep 2009
August 2009 - April 2013 Chicago, Illinois, United States

Crescendo Apparel

Product Manager / Technical Designer

Oversee development processes into production. Foresee and assess development and production issues, ensuring solutions. Assist in developing and structuring product development and production departments. Helped to perfect fit for niche market. Offered assistance in every aspect of design and production where needed. Provided guidance and training to interns.
• Developed a technical design department, quality control, and departmental calendaring.
• Communicated with and managed sample sewing, patternmaking, and production sewing contractors.
• Structured and managed departmental tasks and organization.
March 2011 - April 2012 Chicago, Illinois, United States

Chico's FAS

Freelance Textile Designer- Contractor for White House Black Market

CAD/ textile print design for development and production. Including: recolors, redesign, repeat design, cleaning artwork, original artwork design, element manipulation, and placement artwork.
December 2010 - February 2011 Fort Myers, Florida, United States

Sears Holdings

Associate Designer

Develop, design, and complete soft home products for Sears Holdings brands sold in stores nationwide. Conduct concept/ inspiration research, trend research/ analysis, color analysis, sales analysis, competitor research/ analysis, customer research/ analysis.
• Lead design for Kmart beach 2010 which boasted increased sales of 40% compared to 2009 sales. Multiple styles sold out within one month of launch.
• Partnered with sourcing for successful Design on a Dime programs.
June 2008 - September 2009 Hoffman Estates, Illinois, United States

Henry-Lee & Co.

Technical Designer / Assistant Fabric Buyer / CAD

Assist in fit, construction, quality, and design features of garments. Communicate with overseas factories via tech packs, sketches, and photographs. Track shipments of samples. Complete production tech packs including grading. Develop fabric programs by communicating with overseas and domestic fabric suppliers. Conduct counter development of fabrics, costing, purchasing, and strike off approvals. Create recolors of prints, comprehensive visual display of fabric groups, and assist in color standard selection.
• Developed a CAD position to increase efficiency and decrease cost when developing fabric stories for collections.
September 2007 - June 2008 Chicago, Illinois, United States

Eliana Lily Chicago

Restyling Intern

Assist in developing creative ideas to redesign customers garments and construction of new designs. Examine garment fit and adjust fit of in house garments for customers. Construct original handbags sold in store. Created attractive visual displays in store. Organized computer emailing and postal database of customers. Assist in sales.
January 2007 - April 2007 Chicago, Illinois, United States

The Illinois Institute Of Art - Chicago

Tutor CAD

Tutor peers and students in various CAD programs including: U4ia, Adobe suite, PDM (Product Data Management), Gerber technology systems, Computer pattern making, digitizing, marker making, plotting, grading, textile print design, and design presentation boards (inspiration, fabric/color, croqui).
2005 - 2005 Chicago, Illinois, United States


The University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign

MS Recreation, Sports and Tourism

2012 - Present Champaign, Illinois, United States

The Illinois Institute Of Art - Chicago

BFA Fashion Design

Activities and Societies: Graduate of high honors, Tutor, Moda…Fashion Gazette columnist, Participant in FAME (Fashion Art and Media Extravaganza) Fashion show: April 2006 Bridal Gown, April 2007 collection of 5 outfits with 19 interchangeable pieces.
2004 - 2007 Chicago, Illinois, United States


English (Native),
Spanish (Beginner),


Adobe Creative Suite, Bass, CAD, Composing, Event Management, Fabric Selection, Fashion, Garment Fitting, Live Events, Microsoft Office, Ned Graphics, Patternmaking, PDM, Product Development, Retail, Singing, Technical Design, Textiles, U4ia ,