The multi-billion dollar clothing industry consists of many different renowned designers who introduce their collections worldwide each year. Their inspirations serve the basis for annual fashion trends. Some may have a desire to express their talents by designing and creating clothes. There is a long process travels from the original design to the finished products appropriate for consumer sales.
Once a designer sketches a garment, a pattern is made. Industry workers then formulate samples that basically represent the general design. In the end, there might be up to 13 different samples created using the pattern as the foundation.
- Prototype- the first garment is typically fashioned from muslin or a similar fabric. The prototype reflects the measurements, fit, flow and drape of the original design. The prototype does include intricate details or trimmings.
- Initial sewing- from the prototype, a new garment is created that features the precise fabric or fabrics called for in the sketch. The garment also includes all of the details, trims, and adornments.
- Pre-production- during the pre-production phase, the garment undergoes testing to evaluate the pattern itself, determine the cost-effectiveness and possibility of recreating the design for mass production. The finished item is also assessed for uniqueness, appeal, versatility, practicality, and applications.
- Quality control- the sample garment further undergoes scrutiny to determine the strength of the style down to the smallest detail and the durability of the fabric. Various tests completed during this phase evaluate colorfastness, seam strength, and shrinkage.
- Actual sales sample- once the pre-production phase is deemed acceptable, manufacturers or members of the designer’s team creates a tweaked sample to introduce the garment or line to agents, fashion editors and buyers.
- Sizing- these samples are created in a variety of sizes in order to demonstrate the garment’s appeal to a larger demographic of consumers. The samples might also be recreated in different fabrics and boast slight detail variations or embellishments.
- Production mod- the final samples are used as templates for mass production. They include all of the designs in an array of colors, fabrics, sizes and detail variations. The number of samples during this phase varies depending on a company’s budget and workforce.
- Shipments- the garments made using the templates fill the orders requested by fashion buyers or retail outlets. Each piece undergoes evaluation for quality control and has care labels attached. The items are folded and packaged for shipment and sale.