Monday, August 25, 2008

Preparing Bills of Material in Tech Pack

What is a typical cost per unit to manufacture clothing? Every apparel brand tries to figure out this first before even starting the design process. But, it’s not easy but sometimes impossible to get the exact cost of production by seeing a sketch. This is why we have Bills of Materials. So what is a Bills of Material? Bills of Material are a list of raw materials, components, needed to produce the end product. It is for all intents and purposes a comprehensive list of items to create a final end product. A BOM explains what to buy, how to buy and where to buy, and includes instructions for how to process the product.

Investment is always an issue for a start-up apparel brand. So it is imperative that new startup brand tries to know the cost starting from design till production. So planning is quite required before actually going into production. You cannot get the cost of a garment by having a sketch. You need complete tech pack and a spec sheet that will give clarity on materials and process that goes on a style. So for an understanding of your collection design, you must get the tech pack created. Once you get the tech pack you can prepare the list of materials in the form of BOM and thereby get the costing. So for getting a costing Tech Packs are important.

When you are designing and producing a garment it’s definitely not for charity. You are going to sell them and you want some profit from each garment that you are going to sale. When you design your clothes you are more of creative and less concerned about cost. Major apparel brand does a reverse engineering before planning the collection. They decide the price and how much cost they want to incur and start from cost and start a collection. New brands stop the idea because of increase in the cost. Their botheration starts when they realize the design created are costly to produce. So if you are not a designer but want to explore your creative instinct its good. But, take the advice and guidance of a technical clothing designer. If you believe in your creative instinct and business sense you will succeed. Do a proper planning and take the guidance.



Technical clothing designer must include BOM along with tech packs. So that it gives the buyer a checklist of materials needed to develop sample and produce a garment. Buyers then can plan their budget for apparel production. Sample development and apparel production can become much smoother with BOM.

When you are designing and producing a garment, you look forward to some commercial value. You are going to sell them and you want some profit from each garment that you are going to sale. So keeping a watch on your budget becomes more and more important. BOM helps you managing your collection design and production and streamlines your collection. If you are not a designer but want to explore your creative instinct its good. But, take the advice and guidance of a tech pack designer. If you believe in your creative instinct and business sense you will succeed. Do a proper planning and take the guidance from apparel industry expert. The initial cost will definitely give you better results.