Tech Packs for Fashion Industry

What is a Tech Pack ?

A tech pack is a blueprint of clothing/apparel/fashion line which contains all the components and instructions required for a manufacturer to turn your design into a finished product. That includes materials, gradings, seams, colorways, measurements, trim, labels and all the design details that are needed by the manufacturer to make your dream clothing line.

Why are Tech Packs important?

It is important to have tech pack to understand what designs and specifications you prefer on the clothing and for the manufacturers to create the same exact specifications. Manufacturers require tech packs to check minute specifications and calculate the productions costs and time to complete the clothing line with details provided.

Benefits of Having Tech Packs

  • Consistent Samples

  • Accurate Price Quotations

  • Informed Apparel Production Process

  • Easy and Transparent Communication with Teams

  • Quality and Fabric Check

Do you already have your Tech Packs & want to get started with the apparel production process with us?

Don’t have a Tech Pack? Don’t worry we got you. Let’s make one for you - to get started we need your BOM {Bill of Materials}. This includes your Fabric Content, Decoration Files (In Illustrator Format - .PDF, .AI, .EPS) and Construction of the Garment which you can share by Front and Back pictures of your style you have in mind.

Tech Pack Checklist

1. Description of your clothing line ( Category/Image References/Technical Sketches)

The first step to start with a clothing tech pack is to describe the clothing line you’d desire to make to your manufacturer. This is where the manufacture wants to know what kind of style should be made and what is required to make the product.

The images provided in the section are only for inspiration and for the manufacturer to understand what styles and designs you are aiming for your clothing line. When you find clothing line that looks like your choice for clothing save it and add it to the Tech Packs. Outline the basic elements to represent your design and various features, their placement, and shapes. Sketches should be more detailed rather than mere artistic.

2. Details of Quantity Desired per Design/ Color/ Style

Though our low minimum MOQ is 300 pieces per Design/Style/ Color we still need to know what you envision for your total order quantity and what is supposed to be spread over sizes.

When a manufacturer calculates your production quotes, one of the important factors that effects the MOQs is the amount of fabric that’ll be used to produce each piece of the clothing and the decisions of dyeing the fabric if wanted. Manufacturers contact their suppliers, who have their own MOQ, to get the required amount of quality fabrics. Manufacturers are then obliged to produce the large-scale fabrics from the suppliers. If dyeing is required, the manufacturer calculates the amount of dye which will be used to produce “x” amount of dyes fabric and which” x” will produce only clothing.

Quantity is important for the manufacturers to make the exact clothing line you desire with specific color, cut and styles.

3. Fabric and BOM

This is an integral part of your custom clothing production as fabric choices and materials will define your clothing line. You do not need to know the exact fabrics and compositions, but you should be able to highlight fabric type in your Tech Packs for the manufacturer to understand the starting point.

If you are not sure about the fabrics, you can include general hand- feel or perceived weight of the fabric you want to use. For instance, for many ranges of cotton instead of adding a specific composition or weight, you can mention something like “Cotton that is slightly heavy and thick, for wearing T-shirts in the spring.” Manufacturer takes this information to easily narrow down your possible range, which quickens the quoting process for your clothing production.

Bill of Materials (BOM) include buttons, zippers, trims, tassels, sequin, beads, jewels, custom drawstrings, straps, clips and other kinds of functional or aesthetic features that goes under the clothing style or designs you prefer. Providing every specification of the materials you require in your custom clothing gives an exact description of the materials require for making your clothing line.

4. Fabric Color

Colors included in your Tech packs should be included via Pantone TCX code while artwork for printing and embroidery can be sent via screenshots and image files. Pantone is the world’s leading authority on color matching. Pantone website will give you details of each color you would want on your clothing. Visit Pantone’s Colour Finder Page to identify the color code from the pantone swatches.

5. Seam to Seam Measurements

Seam to seam measurements are the vital parts of the Tech Packs which help in estimating the cost of production by calculating fabrics and materials used in each clothing style. This also helps in calculating the right amount of print and dye required. Also, the measurements, most importantly once the patterns are made, manufacturer uses the measurement from the Tech Packs to create custom fit clothing. With the right measurement, the first prototype will be closer to the desired fit and sizing.

6. Prints, Labels and Tags

One of the most exciting moments for the designers is seeing your brand labels and tags which highlight your clothing line and brand which is uniquely yours. Have a look at our capabilities for the apparel decorations we provide and let us know what you like.

We've provided you with a quick check list to help you get started with the quotes and apparel production. Now' Its your turn to submit your Tech Packs before asking for quotes.

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