A Passion for Fashion

Fashion Design & Development Consultants Who Love What They Do

Located in Chicago, StitchMethod was founded in 2014 by successful entrepreneurs Abbie Ellis and Jennifer Philbrook. The passionate duo are experienced experts in helping emerging and established fashion designers bring their clothing and apparel product ideas from design and development through production to market. Abbie and Jennifer believe in creating a unique approach and experience that is specific to each client and their goals. Their six-step method and innovative programs and courses are designed to be a collaborative and nurturing. 

We also collaborate with other like minded, fashion professionals.  If you are a Pattern Maker, Sample Sewer, Technical Designer, Cutter, Stitcher, Cut and Sew Contractor, Graphic Designer, or Sales Rep please contact us for more information on becoming part of our community.  

Abbie Ellis returned to Chicago after living and working in fashion and marketing in California. She attend the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles and went on to work on several denim lines, ending up in a design position for a mass market children's wear brand. Prior to attending FIDM Abigail worked in marketing agencies in Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles. She worked with clients such as Wells Fargo, CareerBuilder.com, Intel, Little Debbie, VERB, SoyJoy and many more. She loves meeting all of the inspired entrepreneurs that work with Stitch Method! 

Jennifer Philbrook landed in Chicago from New Hampshire in 2001 and immediately fell in love with the City. Prior to working in the fashion industry she worked in the marketing industry helping a wide range of clients implement their print and electronic marketing plans. She went back to school to earn a Fashion Degree at the Illinois Institute of Art and then went on to launch her own women's wear line. Since then, she has gone on to develop a range of product categories from children's wear to footwear to men's wear.




"Words cannot express the help and expertise I have received from Abigail at Stitch Method. She has helped me from day 1 with each step of the clothing making process and I certainly could not be launching my line without her help. Her knowledge of the industry has been so helpful and she's absolutely wonderful to work with"

– Allyson Sensenbaugh, Ali Madi


"After dreaming up my product idea, I had a vision of rapidly bringing it to market.  However, I had no idea what I didn’t know!  Industry terms, how to source, how to find a manufacturer, types of fabric, etc. were foreign to me.  I quickly found out that I needed a company to assist me.  After exhaustive research, I chose Stitch Method, and I am thrilled with the results.  Abbie and Jennifer are responsive, professional, timely, and most importantly, there were no surprises.  Everything went seamlessly as planned, and everything was explained in full every step of the way, which was priceless.  Stitch Method navigated me away from making major mistakes and steered me in the right direction, which turned out to be in my best interest.  I highly recommend Stitch Method and could not have progressed to this stage without them. " 

– Caroline Fielding, Cup Muff


"The decision to partner with Stitch Method been the best decision I could have made for my company. Abbie Ellis and her team have been the driving force that has taken our clothing line from concept to production. What I appreciate most about working with Abbie and her team is their industry knowledge, excellent communication, and locating the manufacturer that best fits my production needs. To say that Abbie and her team are complete rock stars would be a major understatement." 

– Tricia Steffes, Founder, Elevate Fashions


"The thing I find most valuable about Jennifer and Abbie is that they really listen to their clients and tailor their work around each client's individual needs.  I didn't have much start up capitol and was looking for direction on how to navigate through the fashion business end to produce my collection.  They listened to my needs, understood my budget and helped guide me through the process to a successful end. They don't just help with the details, they also give a real person approach, understanding this is an emotional process for many designers.  They were there to cheer me on as much to coach me through the process.  From overseeing product design/production to just coaching a designer through the process, you'll find what you're looking for with Stitch Method.  Starting their own line is the dream of every designer.  Stitch Method helps makes dreams come true.  They did it for me." 

– Andrea Newberry, Leche Libre