Tech packs are much more than just a pdf document. A tech pack helps to unify the supply chain; designers, pattern makers, garment technicians and manufacturers. They are an integral part of the clothing development process.
Put simply, a tech pack is the blueprint of your final garment. It contains all the necessary information about how to make the garment, including a visual design, garment specification sheets, measurements, fabric and trims suggestions, any artwork that will go on the garment, branding and labeling, bill of materials and multiple colour options. As a rule of thumb, the more information you include on the tech pack, the less chance of errors there will be.
Here’s 4 ways tech packs can save you time and money:
Reduce cost of samples
You wouldn’t put together furniture without the instructions! Well you could but it might not turn out exactly how it should and might take a few attempts to get it right. This is the same when it comes to making garment samples. Having a detailed, well-thought out tech pack enables the sampling process to run much smoother and avoids any interpretations or misunderstandings. The manufacturer literally has a set of instructions telling them how to make the garment, from the type of stitch down to the sleeve length.
Basically the more accurate the tech pack is the fewer adjustments needed during the sampling stage, saving you time and money.
More accurate manufacturing quotes
A tech pack clearly states everything needed to make that particular garment which is what manufacturers need in order to give you an accurate quote. If you just send them pictures of what you like they can give you some rough pricing but this may not be the final price as things progress further down the line. Picture this… you decide to proceed with the rough quotes and then as samples are being made there are garment tweaks and developments, a button added here, different fabric there, the costs start adding up and the original quote has almost doubled! This is why it’s important to have all the elements clearly laid out on the tech pack at the start to avoid the increase in cost and enable you to budget accordingly.
Saves time with future collections
When creating and developing new collections you can refer back to your existing tech packs. You can even use the same tech pack as a base and maybe tweak a few things here and there. Plus if you work with the same manufacturer, they have already had experience with these tech packs and created garments using them, which could reduce the lead time on the new collection and the amount of samples needed.
Forms a common base to work from
During the development process, sampling and manufacturing, many people are involved and to make sure things run smoothly everyone needs to be on the same page. A tech pack allows this. Designers, pattern makers, garment technicians and manufacturers will all refer to the tech pack as it is essentially the instruction manual for everyone involved. Clarity, cohesion and consistency are key.
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