4 Steps to Creating a Fashion Sample

Experts in the fashion business say that the sample is the most important part of the clothing collection. A sample helps to perfect the fit of a garment, and it acts as the focal point to attract attention to a clothing line. Samples form the basis of further production. If you are serious about running a fashion business, here’s what you need to know about creating this crucial part of the clothing manufacturing process.

 4 Steps to Creating a Fashion Sample

Step 1: Choose the Sample Size

The sample will probably be used for display purposes, or for a photo shoot or runway work. You will need to create the sample in the size for this purpose, and also be able to then scale up and scale down the measurements so that you can create clothing in a range of sizes at a later date.

Step 2: Create a Flat

The flat is a flat sketch, also described as a technical drawing. The flat is very simple, without any colouring and it provides a very clear outline of the clothing as if it were placed flat. You can add lines to represent the seams and the stitching. These will be used by the pattern maker.

Step 3: Provide Specs

Add the basic measurements UK clothing manufacturers will need to create the sample, including the length of the body, and the sleeve length, etc.

Step 4: Provide Fabric and Trims

Ensure that you have passed on all the fabric, trims, and other supplies that will be needed to create the sample. They should be collected together so that the sample manufacturer can finish the sample without any hassle.

Once the sample has been created you can use it for a variety of purposes. One of the most important uses for a sample is to see what you need to change in order to put the garment into production. This may necessitate another sample being made. The first sample will then be discarded. Sometimes there are many revisions to make, and this is why it is important to complete the sampling process as early as possible in your production cycle.

Once you have a sample that suits your needs you can make a series of sales samples in different colours and different sizes that you can use for marketing and for sales purposes. And you will use a final sample as the basis for your production model. This will be the model the factory will work from to create the entire clothing line.

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