Monday, June 27, 2011

Quote for Clothing Tech Pack Design

How much does a Tech Pack Cost ?

I’ve been doing apparel tech pack design and apparel production for 12 years now. So far I have seen most of the inquiries that come to me starts with cost first. Sometimes they back off in beginning knowing the complete process. Some of them come to us to know the costing and move on. It's completely ok and keeps happening in the business. Getting correct quote for apparel production need tech pack and order quantity. If you give these two things to a clothing manufacturer you can expect to get a quote right in most of the aspects. You can get the same quote for couple of clothing manufacturer to compare and it would be easier to decide upon. So you need the help of a apparel tech pack designer to prepare your clothing line sheet. Also you must decide budget for order quantity before approaching clothing manufacturer. Below is the statistics that shows the rate for a technical fashion designer in hourly basis.

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Average Rate for Technical Designers 

“How much to pay for creating apparel tech packs” or “what is it going to cost me to create a line sheet?” are most common question that a new clothing line seeks to find out. Tech pack designers  don't prefer to answer unless they know the style details. They also need to access the time required to complete the task. When client is not sure about the collection it is better not to get in touch with any tech pack designer. Otherwise, you may end up paying more for the research that you never need one. Nothing comes free and i charge what I deserve to get paid. If you ask for the price I must know what the work is before I give a quote. I don't prefer to give a quote unless I know the job and so as every tech pack designer. The average freelance fashion designer rate / hour is between $35 USD to $80 USD. This depends on experience of the freelance technical designer.

I do not know about other technical designers but I always use my price sheet and deal memo which is equal for all and I am not comfortable to work on a compromised price. The point is I love working with those who have courage to say “No, I want you to make money. Charge me the fair amount” and try to give maximum possible efforts to make sure what they get from me will never get from anybody anywhere. Tech Pack Design for a particular takes same efforts whichever reason the client might be. So the question of variable pricing structure does not arise. There are few designers who offer tech sheet in less than $40 USD. They are doing nothing but just bulling you. You will simply end up having a crappy template which is will not only trouble you in production but also result in a massive loss in your production and you will end up getting products that you will not be able to sell in market.

I would love to welcome and work closely with client clothing brands who brings about fair trade and would like to grow and let grow. Please drop me a mail here to get your Price for Tech Sheet Design and Clothing Design. Please fill the form below and our clothing designer would answer your queries within 24 hours time.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Tech Pack Design - Importance in Apparel Production

Technical Spec Packs for Fashion Production

Starting a fashion business takes endless dedication and you need to stay focused. Also if you start with a right frame of mind and follow the process that goes into it, success rate increases. One of the most initial steps is tech pack design of your style ideas. Tech Pack Design Process that converts the raw idea to factory producible blueprint. This is an important step that goes into garment development cycle and you should not avoid this.  This is the first step post design and its use starts right from there. Almost every department in fashion industry needs a tech pack to proceed further. Pattern maker needs tech pack and spec sheet to prepare pattern and grading. Print unit needs the vectors and prepare print screen and mix colors. Same applies to embroidery unit and washing unit as well.

Tech Pack also helps in production planning and execution. During production planning, it gives the critical path that optimizes the production execution. It helps in costing, batch schedule, machine setting and so on. Tech Pack Design includes bills of material. Bills of Material otherwise known as BOM are a part of tech pack. Brands use bills of material to calculate the estimated cost and prepare the budget. So if you have the bills of material you will have some idea about the cost that goes into an apparel production.

Denim Tech-Pack Designerput designs onto spec sheets?
If you are already in the apparel business or aspiring to start a clothing line you must have your basics right. Once you have your tech packs are ready then move for sample development and production. For startup brands, it may be bit complicated but this saves a lot of time and money. So to help you with your venture our clothing designer would give every support you want. We at fashion studio urban purple help you build your apparel brand with an optimized cost. If you are in this business or aspiring to become an apparel brand, those guidelines are quite vital. And understanding the importance of each step is very crucial.

Most apparel brands try to take the shortcut. Instead of the following process, they send some image to clothing manufacturer. They expect that the vendor gives them the perfect sample to them. But in reality, it does not happen that way. No matter what there would be a gap and it needs the effort to get the sample. This is the result of working on trial and error basis. It not only takes more time but also increases the time and cost many times. Tech pack is the solution of all the above issue. So it is wise to start with tech pack design rather doing a random experiment. Moreover, no clothing manufacturer is ready for sample development without a tech pack.

Workers in clothing manufacturing unit are familiar with a particular set of instruction. So if the details are not in proper format they either get stuck or do things wrong. So for precaution, you should make sure production unit gets the right instruction. You need technical clothing designer to support you in tech pack design. Also, help you in coordinating with apparel production units if they have any doubts. In nutshell technical designer breeze the gap between you and production unit. And assist you in getting the right quality sample and execute smooth production.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Freelance Fashion Designer - Tech Pack Designer ( Role )

Garment Production Tech Pack - Role of a Tech Pack Designer

The role of a tech pack designer is critical when it comes to transferring an idea to a factory ready tech pack. Tech pack designer design complete process flow from sketches to a wearable garment sample. So when starting a clothing line, it is imperative to hire a tech pack designer for support. In short, they can shape your idea by converting your sketch to a garment. Tech pack designers simplify style technicalities to make sample development and production easier. You get them in the form of an apparel tech pack which any factory in the world can follow it and produce your garment. And then the process moves forward to sample development and apparel production.

1. Assessment of the Fashion Illustration :

The first firefight is to assess the illustration whether the style or the illustration is feasible or not is the first hurdle for a Tech pack or technical designer. There are times many technical issues which are visible on the illustration level which a Creative designer tend to overlook it. The First Job of fashion technical designer is to access whether the design or the illustration is feasible to proceed further.

2. Production Friendly Design:
One of the tough challenge for a technical designer is to assess  the feasibility of a style idea. Accessing the possibility of mass production is important. This results in the success or failure of the clients idea. Failing this would to the failure of the collection sale and you end up loosing money in the whole process.

3. Choosing the Right Fabric and Color Keeping in Mind the Season
Many people ask for "designs and sketches for current European trend" or Designs for the US Plus Size Garments etc.Here the Technical Fashion Designer needs to do a lot of studies and gather a lot of information about the Fabric.So he must have the idea of grading & fabric shrinkage what fabrics goes on what kind of styles, GSM ( Grams per Meter ), weaving techniques etc. Also, the fabric availability or fabric development possibility for the style are some of the questions which Tech Pack designer keep in mind while proceeding the Tech Pack  Development.

4. Drawing the Flats and Getting the Flats Approval
At the Operational Stage, the First hurdle that comes to any technical designer is to draw the technical flats from the Illustrations given by the creative designer / buyer and get the approval . Usually, the illustration and technical sketch drawings are two different part of the design. The illustration gives the overall and one side view of any garment style where the flat sketch gives a 360-degree view of the whole garment. These Gaps are then filled by communication and coordination.

5. Technical Drawing / Tech Pack Design
Once the technical flats are approved and finalized the next step for the Tech Pack Designer is to prepare the Tech Pack and Measurement spec sheet.Technical Designer must understand sewing construction and translate into the tech packs.Preparation and review of tech packs for complete and accurate information of the Garment are Vital. Tech Pack is prepared to phase wise which usually consists of some 8 to 9 steps depending on the Garment Detailing and Specification given by Creative Designer or Client who has done Garment Style / Garment Illustration. Click the link to know more about The Steps in Tech Pack Design.

6. Technical Audit and Quality Assurance
Once the Tech Packs are Released to the Factories and The Sample Development Process goes on the next and most important step for a Tech Pack Designer is to make sure the sample production goes as per the specifications are given on the Spec Pack. Ideally, The Samples should or Must not go to the Final Approval before it is being passed by the Technical Designer or Tech Pack Designer.The Sample Audit process goes through several stages which cover from Fabric , Trims , S.P.I  ( Stitching per Inch) or S.P.C Stitch per Centimeter ), Print Detailing and print quality, Embroidery detailing, Washing, and so on. The initial Technical Audit and Quality Assurance for the Sample Development are done by the Technical Designer.

The Role of the Tech Pack Designer take a pose here till the Sample Production is done and then once the samples are produced it first comes to the Technical Designer for quality assessment and also Sample Approval. Here the Technical Designer has to make sure the sample produced are as per the Tech Pack or Technical Spec Sheet is given to the Factory or Sample Maker.

Hope This Post Makes good Sense to your Studies and Information. For Any kind of Tech Pack Design or Sample Production or any Production Assistance, you may feel free to Contact Me. You may Drop me a mail in case you need any assistance in Apparel Production or Sample Development apart from Tech Pack Design Service.

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