The garment development phase starts after initial tech pack submission and ends when production begins.
It’s important to have an understanding of the steps within the typical ‘cut and sew’ development process, in order to work smoothly with manufacturers and stay on track with production schedules.
The first step is giving the manufacturer the design. The brand provides a tech pack containing all of the product requirements and components. This includes materials, grading, patterns, trims, labels & tags, and colours. The more detailed and specific the tech pack, the more likely the manufacturer is to accurately produce the desired sample.
After dissecting the tech pack, the manufacturer gathers the materials and begins patterning if required. Once all of the garment components are ready, a prototype sample is created, and then sent to the buyer for modification. Upon it’s return, a fit sample is created, and again sent to the buyer for confirmation or modification. Fit samples are often made of fabrics that are only similar to the requested fabric, and the colour isn’t final. However, the stitching and measurements need to be exact. Based upon an approved fit, the order is then graded. The grading process determines the various sizes which the garment will be produced in. Subsequent to the grading, set size samples are crafted. If the buyer is content with the size samples, cutting can begin.
Finally a pre-production sample (PPS) is made and contingent upon the buyer/designer satisfaction with the samples, full production can begin.
(Figure 1: the typical steps in the garment development process)
Remember, the key to a smooth process is the relationship you have with the manufacturer. Only work with someone you trust to deliver quality products in a timely fashion.
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