The process of clothing production can seem overwhelming to someone who is just getting into the business and looking to start a fashion line of their own. Even if you have your pre-production sample in your hands ready to go, there are many steps to the production process that needs time and attention to make the dream of running your own clothing line a reality.
Before you begin, there are some important things to keep in mind when it comes to fashion production. Time and flexibility are key when it comes to the manufacturing process. There are many moving variables that can sometimes cause hiccups, and it helps to make the process go more smoothly if you are ready to face the changing factors with confidence.
Here is a guide to break down those steps and make that goal more attainable.
In order to start the production process, you first need to source all of your materials and fabrics! This can sometimes be tricky because often times the fabrics you initially used in your designs do not always scale well due to availability and cost. There are also other factors to consider, such as the fabrics you choose being in stock, pricing per yard, the weight of all the fabric, and payment terms. By covering all these important factors, you are setting yourself up for success when it comes time to produce.
Now that you have chosen your materials, it can often be a good idea to wash your fabric choices before you begin production. This helps with both removing any potential impurities from the fabric and helps to keep your garments from shrinking upon their first wash with the consumer. Sometimes the chosen fabrics will also need to go through the dyeing process in order to get them to the exact color you are seeking.
Patterns & Samples
Before producing your clothing line for the masses, you first need to perform some test runs! At this point, your manufacturer will take your spec designs and create patterns out of them that will ultimately make up the pieces of individual garments. These will be the foundation for your initial pieces, and will ultimately be sewn together.
These patterns are then entered into a computer system to help configure how the individual pieces will fit, while simultaneously doing so in a way that wastes as little fabric as possible.