Ever wondered how clothing made? Perhaps you’re aware of what it takes for an entire line of clothing to come together, all by the hands and input of a designer and a team of manufactures, fabric suppliers, fashion consultants, financial consultants and more, but what most don’t know is that creating a piece of clothing to be sold in bulk or maybe even several, is no joke. It requires a lot of hours, hard work and a lot of skilled professional artists, depending on what needs to be done.
The Clothing Manufacturing Experience
The Planning Process
Creating a single item of fashion can differ immensely from creating up to 30 individual pieces to complete a fashion show and sell in retail stores nation or worldwide. Either way, designers have to have the right mindset when it comes to the entire process. They must know what it takes and have a goal set in mind as to exactly when they’d like their designs, ideas and overall train of thoughts to come to life. That is what artists do. They must understand the timing of the clothing manufacturing process, which is supported by a production period of up to three months, before having to move on to creating the next season’s worth of work.
They must also know what they want to sell and the perception they’dliketheir customers or clients to have and deliver something creative and new, which is also relative to the current trends in fashion.
Creating new clothing cost a lot of money and most designers, unless supported by major retail brands, need to plan their lines carefully in order to maintain quality, but still save as much money as they possibly can.
The first thing they’ll need to do before giving the go-ahead for the manufacturing process is to be able to provide the manufacturer with spec sheets that entail all the designs details which include fabrics, printing techniques, measurements and supporting images for the garments at hand.
Once they’ve submitted spec sheets, the manufacturer will be able to provide the designer with a production cost quote, which can be negotiated according to what he/she can afford.
The Sourcing of Fabrics, Accessories and All Materials Needed
When a designer creates a line of new clothes, they’re not going to need one type of fabric or material, but many different ones and they’ll need to find good quality materials and accessories at the lowest cost possible in order to keep to a strict budget, as well as be able to deliver the required or planned quantities of clothing.
Sampling, Sizing and Pattern Effects
Some designers are focused on implementing their own unique patterns into the mix of clothing designs and will have to create it either themselves or find someone to do it for them. Most manufacturers are skilled in pattern making, but of course, the cost will be increased if they have to do it themselves. Designers will also have to pay a fee to receive samples of each and every individual piece in order to see whether they can continue with the process of manufacturing an entire line of clothing in mass production.
The Preparation for Mass Manufacturing
After the designer has decided they’re happy with the samples and sizing of their work, they will give the go-ahead for mass manufacturing, which after it will be sold to major retail stores or in an independent designer’s case, their own.