Saturday, November 20, 2010

Do & Don'ts in Tech Pack Design

This post I have written with lots of experience and realizations of product developments and production issues which come due to Tech Pack Design Process and there are number of points to remember while designing a style and Tech Pack Design of the styles. These are quite important not only in Tech Pack Design but even before that while designing a style or Creative Design. A good and matured Technical Designer must have these foresight to make sure the end product comes out well and without much of forthcoming production issues. It saves cost, time and eases the process of Apparel Manufacturing.The Following are some of the things that a Fashion Brand or private label clothing line should notice and avoid during designing their Fashion Line Sheet.

Too Much Embellishment Spoil the Style: If your style has a lots of Embellishment like Embroidery, Prints, Washing, etc it would spoil the style and would end up lots of rejections. More over the styles come out too much edgy which might not attract the end customer and would be a flop.

Style Must Go through Limited Processing: The Style that you design should be simple and cost effective. It should not go through much process which might interrupt a lot of other processing. While doing apparel development or Apparel Production if the number of process is more the apparel might get spoiled due to overlapping of process which might affect each other. So it is important to choose the right apparel development processing for the right apparel.

Creative Designers Must Consult Technical Designers and Product Developers while designing their styles. This is very important because there is always a feasibility issue and without considering it if you are designing a style either it would cost you sky high or you can not complete the development without a lots of errors.

Brand Owners Should not Compromise in any way on Tech Pack Design : Mostly Brand Owners look for Technical Designers who are willing to get the Tech Packs done on low rate or take up the project in order to get the work. Here The Label or Brand owner must understand two things. One - Tech Packs are the foundation of any Collection and any mistake or detailing given without industry consultation or experience can spoil the style or may increase the cost of sampling and production cost considerably. Two: The Time and money consumed in redoing the samples and correcting the error cost a lot more than what the brand owner tries to save during the tech pack design process. Every Business man has the liberty to lower the cost and investment .However, this must be done keeping in view the future cost which ultimately goes from the pocket of the Investor.

Importance of Tech Pack : Any Apparel Factory, that requires technical specifications for a specific product or design needs to prepare a Tech Pack. Details given in the Tech Pack will all vary according to the type of product or design made and the size specs of each company. Large manufacturing companies generally have a detailed Tech Pack for each of the styles under production.

Tech Pack as Contract Agreement of Style : When you create a Tech Pack for your design your Tech Pack becomes a de facto contract between you and your manufacturer. When manufacturing overseas many times you will find that contractors not always follow the sew by sample you submitted to them for the making of your design because they decided to switch materials or put the wrong trim on the first fit sample they submitted to you. A Tech Pack should include actual detailing of everything - fabric, buttons, ribbons, etc - plus an actual sample. A complete Tech Pack gives you support in case of problems.

Last Minute Changes : You should make sure about your style and its composition of Trims , Fabrics Style Detailing and other miner detailing and then proceed with the Spec Sheet Design. The more you change the more complicated it would be and changing the complete Tech Sheet is always a cumbersome process and any thing that missed out can create a lot of issues in Sample Development and Apparel Production. So unless and until you are sure of your style do not give your confirmation to proceed for the Tech Sheet Design and Proceed for Sampling or Garment Production.

Companies that do exports and manufacture their designs overseas, preparation of a Tech Pack is imperative, as most buyers prefer to sign on the Tech Pack before placing the order.

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Tech Pack Design - FAQs

What Everybody Ought to Know About Tech Sheet Design
Weather Clients looking to put our designs onto spec sheets or want to prepare the line sheet or seeking sample development and apparel production or any other queries relating to tech pack and size charts they have some or other queries which they want to get addressed before they need tech packs made. Some of the most notable queries that usually they ask are given with the answers in order to make my visitors and Clothing Line owners an ease and make sure they get maximum answers that they seek before they need tech packs made. Some of the most frequently asked questions are addressed on this post and hopefully this blog would help them get the answers of all your queries.
Queries Related to Tech Pack Detailing:
There are many clothing brands which seek the techpack in a specific format which they have followed for long time. At the same time many clothing brands need tech pack designers for new clothing line and tech packs for a collection of garments. They need technical designers for their new clothing line who can put together tech pack for their line sheet. In order to help in creating more designs and garments the spec technician should give them the right direction in terms of technical design, keeping the theme of the brand its market segmentation, cost effectiveness during apparel production. In my previous post I have mentioned clearly the details that comes within the tech pack. Click here to go to my previous post.

Queries Related to Pricing:

Most New Clothing Line need a technical designer to prepare tech pack at a cheaper cost which is fine and justified. However, technical designers who can give you the best of the tech packs require expertise in the techpack designs. To create a tech pack design it takes not less than two to three days and each has some or other modification in garment style and therefore has tech pack corrections which is time consuming and quite tedious job. So before they ask for Quote on a Tech Pack or design rate pricing it is important to know and understand the average rates to prepare tech d drawings and cost for full tech pack development. The Rates for tech packs can be taken from many famous online sites. The cost of creating one detailed tech pack varies from style to style, designer to designer depending on the complexity of the style.

Query Related to Tech Pack Correction :

In Every Line Sheet there are some styles which are not perfect and need correction. It should be done before it goes to the Tech Sheet design Phase as once the Tech Sheet is prepared to correct one portion or one element in the Tech Pack there might be change in each phase of the Tech Packs. Any Changes on the Style results in change in every stage of Tech Pack. So the style owner should take utmost care in the flat sketch level before approving the style. The designer should make changes in the Flat Sketch Level and should be very careful in advising the changes and make sure nothing left out. Once the style owner does the confirmation and the tech packs are prepared, then changing one thing in style would result in changing the whole tech pack.This is almost 6 to 7 times double the work of what it should have done if it would have been rectified in the Flat Sketch Level. The flat sketch is prepared and sent for approval for this reason and should be taken seriously from this level.The Technical Designer should see those things while preparing tech packs and see that the number of corrections in tech pack does not goes beyond two times unless it is a major change in style.The Supplier asks for a tech pack which is error free and which should not have any further changes to be done and final so that he can proceed with the sample development and can develop garments.So before looking for factories you should be ready with complete line sheet putting the collection together with tech pack.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Fashion Branding Logo Design and Care Instruction

Its quite common that We usually give less importance to the Garment labels and care Instructions while picking up any garments. However, while we shop quality garment from a reputed show room You can mark that the care instructions are quite clear and are given due importance.Those consumers who are fashion conscious and give importance to the quality of the garments give utmost importance and see the care labels and instructions while buying the garments and tend to pick those cloths which are having clear instructions and quality branding. The Garment Branding and labeling has two aspects . Firstly,  It is a part of Garment Branding and Marketing . Secondly Compliance as per the country. So it is important that Garment Exporters should know what are the branding and care instructions to follow and double check with the Brands and Labels or Garment Buyers while doing Apparel Production.

Get Trims Designed for Fashion Branding

For a Brand to be successful Branding and Labeling is quite important. Not only for Marketing purpose but also there are many compliance issues which needs to be specified while doing the Labels and Specifiers of a particular brand.The labeling and Care Instructions are one of the important factors which drive the quality and reputation of a Garment Brand.Also there are many instructions and specifiers which are needed to be put and are mandatory in certain countries for Custom Requirement. This is the responsibility of the Brand and the Manufacturer to specify those instructions while producing the garment.