Every garment you create needs a Tech Pack. A tech pack is a document containing all the technical information about your product. It’s an essential document for designers and production teams when producing new collections, as it helps clearly communicate every detail to your manufacturer.
Sample Pages of our some of our client’s Tech Packs
Why use a Tech Pack?
Why Hire Us?
These documents are very specific. They take expert knowledge of body measurements and grading to a retail standard. Technical pattern making and construction. Graphic designs of garment details. Knowledge about industrial machinery and how each type of fabric adapts as its shape changes….. at least in a good one.
If you’re new to this part of the process, We wouldn’t advise doing this yourself. There are far too many moving parts and if one changes, that can set off a chain reaction in other areas.
This part of your journey is very, very important, so we would truly advise spending some of your budget here, where it will count the most.
THE INSIDE OF THE PACK
There are 3 main parts of a Tech Pack. The pages that show the garment drawing and all of its measurement’s. Grading for all sizes. Language used to draw and explain the construction.
The 3 parts are used all over the entire Tech Pack and its works like this….
This page shows the garment in all its glory. It should be the only place where the drawing is in color and has the basic info about the style. Style number. Date. Size. Color References. Date it was produced on. You should also brand your Tech Pack with a logo or name, to make it clear that it’s yours.
This is the real blueprint page. The aim, is to give clear instructions to the factory making the sample, how to construct each garment. The drawing is in black and white and shows the factory where to measure to and from and what those measurements should be. It gives details about seams, trims, construction and fabrics, as well as the basics above.
This is the main area where “language” is used. The way the sketch is drawn is very specific. This is a language in itself. The different line weights of the drawing mean different things to the factory. Also, the terms used to describe certain parts of the garment. The machinery and techniques used in factory production are very specific. Even depending on the type of garment.
This gives the same points of measurement as the main Spec page, but changes the measurements per size and tells the pattern cutter how to grade each pattern piece when creating them.This is pure mathematical work and takes a good bit of experience to understand the grades for ages, body shapes and material.
This is a record of your samples and should be kept as a record of the comments and measurements of the samples you get back.
There are a number of other pages that are optional, depending on how ready you are for sampling and what type of product you are trying to create. Essentially each page will have the same general layout as all of the others and key pieces of information like date and style number and so on. These pages can include:
- Color options [or colorways] to show what colors the product comes in
- Labelling sheets for garment labels
- Print or embroidery artwork that go on top of the fabric
- Garment views like side or turned 3/4, depending on the features of the product.
- Detailed construction notes
If you don’t have the tech packs, no problem!
We ask that you send us reference garments in a size run such as Small, Medium and Large. This allows us to review the garment and then we can deconstruct and create our own tech pack and patterns. Also send fabric swatches or like fabrics for us to source.