Small businesses and designers/makers with low orders, using overstock fabrics or working with local suppliers may not want or need a full tech pack.
We recommend that you should at least invest in a measurement specification sheet to give to your factory/machinists along with your graded pattern and sample.
Measurement or Grade specification sheets provide POMs (points of measure) which can be used to check the finished measurements of garments. If a garments measurements are outside of specified tolerances you would reject it as part of your quality control. This is needed to ensure consistency of fit for each size and prevent customer returns.
- Measurement/Grade Spec sheet -This will contain the various size measurements and POMs (points of measure)
A Tech pack is an information package that can be used as a blueprint for your sample production.
A Tech Pack can include:
A pattern – A professional pattern of the garment with all relevant information included on it
A specification sheet – It should include the following and will need to be be re-issued whenever amendments are made to the garment
- Measurement/Grade Spec sheet: This will contain the various size measurements and POMs (points of measure)
- Technical Drawing: front and back line drawing with the measurement details for the garment. Drawn by hand or computer with close up view as necessary eg side view or specific details
- Material Details: Swatches, Product code, Fibre content and supplier details.
- Print or Embroidery Instructions: Information regarding the type of print/embroidery if used including size and placement
- Stitch Instructions: In reference to stitch type, thread to be used and stitch length
- Wash Instructions: In reference to wash finishes for items such as denim garments
- Accessory Instructions: Trim details – Fastenings required with product codes, Fibre content and supplier details.
- Label Instructions: Placement details for brand logo labels and care labels.
- Comments Section: Used by the factory to make a note of anything related to the product construction.
Additionally it can also contain:
A Sample garment – if you have had a sample garment made in the final fabric you can provide the factory with it for reference when the are costing production. Alternatively you may be having the factory make you final sample in which case you should provide:
- Reference materials – images referencing finishes and details that you would like on your products
- Samples of special finishes and techniques
Packaging information– How are the products packaged, in cellophane bags or boxes?