Clothing Tech Pack
What Is A Clothing Tech Pack?
A clothing tech-pack is a technical description document of a garment design specially made for clothing manufacturers.
Clothing manufacturers need a clothing tech pack in order to make a prototype. These prototypes are the basis for bulk production and are called samples or salesman samples. Clothing tech pack are made by a fashion designer, product developer or a technical clothing designer.
Clothing manufacturing is a long and elaborate process in which many components have to be created, such as; fabrics, prints, patterns, buttons, zippers, cords, labels, Etc. All these elements and details have to be explained in a clothing tech pack in order to get an accurate sample.
Clothing Tech Pack - BOM Sheets
BOM (Bill of Material)
BOM sheets must contain all the information on the components needed to make a clothing sample. Working with concise but complete BOM sheets is vital because they are used to calculate the piece price of the design. BOM sheets must be comprehensive and concise and explain all details of a clothing design. We include full-colour drawings, Pantone colours, and a list with all the fabrics and trims. In our layouts, we put the company’s logo and the collection season at the top left of the frame. On the right side of the frame, we mention the information about the components of the designs, including fabrics, fabric treatments, trims, artwork, labels, Etc. Each colourway has its own Bom sheet.
Clothing Tech Pack - Fashion Line Sheets
Describing design drawings as detailed as possible is vital because people can interpret even the most detailed technical drawings in multiple ways, resulting in incorrect samples and delays. For that reason, a description sheet, also called a Fashion Line Sheet, is essential in a clothing tech pack. A Fashion Line Sheet must explain all the design elements of a drawing and should also clarify the drawing techniques. For example, if fashion designers want to illustrate stitching, they often use dotted lines. But a dotted line in a drawing could also mean something else entirely – for example, a dotted print. Therefore, a precise and detailed Fashion Line Sheet wherein every detail is explained is essential in creating an accurate salesman sample. We always aim to create Fashion Line Sheets with ‘just enough’ details so that a clothing manufacturer can focus on interpreting what is stated instead of wasting time analysing the drawings. Therefore our Fashion Line Sheets are concise, easy to read, and never long and drawn out.
Clothing Tech Pack - Measurements Sheets
A Measurements Sheet in a clothing tech pack explains the measurements of a design’s details. With that, we mean the dimensions of pockets, zippers, badges, collars, cut lines Etc. We also describe the positioning of these details on a garment on these sheets. The measurements are in the chart on the right side of the frame. We call the measurements on these sheets ‘Style Specific’ measurements. The main measurements, such as the front length and the chest width, also called ‘Block Sizes,’ we describe on the Size Block Chart page.
Clothing Tech Pack - Size Block Charts
A Size block chart is a measurement chart created for pattern cutters. Pattern cutters will make a pattern based on the measurements in a Size block chart. These patterns are needed to make a sample. When creating a Size block chart, we always start with the most critical measurement and work my way down. That way, all other measures will fit within the parameters. In a Size block chart, all main measurements, such as the front length, chest width, shoulder length of a garment, Etc, are stated and put in the chart on the right side of the frame. On the left side of the page, we put black-and-white drawings to make the measurements more visual for the pattern cutter, and we’ll point out more elaborated details with red dotted lines and arrows. The standard measures, such as the chest width, are not highlighted. The clothing size we put at the right top of the frame. We only provide measurements for one clothing size. When a design has a unique fit, we add a page to the tech pack explaining how we got the measurements. This page is called a ‘POM sheet’ or ‘POM’s sheet’ (Points of Measurement).
Flats or Technical flats
When one talks about Clothing Construction, it generally refers to the overall process of making clothing. However, sometimes Clothing Construction relates only to the pattern-making aspect of a garment. Top-level clothing tech packs describe all the construction details of creating and assembling each component—including stitching techniques, seam reinforcements, bar tacks, zipper closures Etc.
5 - Benefits Of A Clothing Tech Pack
Clothing tech packs provide clear and concise technical instructions to clothing manufacturers, which will help reduce production errors and miscommunications.
A clothing tech pack can help you to keep track of your product development process, deadlines and agreed requirements.
A clothing tech pack will help you to estimate costs associated with the production of your product. You can also send your clothing tech pack to clothing manufacturers for quotations of your design.
With a professional clothing tech pack you can approach respected clothing manufacturers and produce your designs the way you have in mind.
A clothing tech pack has the original specifications of a design which you need to counter-check the sample and salesman sample for differences
The Development Time Of A Clothing Tech Pack
The time it takes to make a clothing tech pack varies and depends on the complexity of the product. For example, a clothing tech pack for a simple item, such as a T-Shirt, may only take a few hours to create, while a complex product with many parts, such as a technical jacket, may take an entire day. Therefore, specific factors determine the amount of time it takes to create a clothing tech pack