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Preparing to Produce Your Line – Introduction
If you were thorough in researching a manufacturer and took your time to create a detailed garment tech pack, then you should be well on your way to successful production.
However, many designers still consider the final production to be a big step.
Fortunately, there are a few things that you can do to ensure that your garments are manufactured smoothly and everything goes according to plan.
Create a Detailed Tech Pack
We reviewed the basics of creating a tech pack, but it just covered what it takes to create one.
If you want to ensure that everything goes smoothly and according to the production schedule, you can always go above and beyond the call of duty.
This means going overboard with construction details. When it comes to your tech pack, think of it as a blueprint and remember, no detail is too small.
Request a Sample Before Going to Production
Before you commit to mass production, request a proto sample so you can review that everything is done according to your design specifications.
The chances are good that you will be charged for this extra step, but in the end, you could be saving money and your reputation against costly and embarrassing mistakes.
Iron out the Details with Manufacturers
When you are selecting a factory, there are four important factors that you should iron out and get in writing.
In the beginning, when you are getting quotes, you need to find out the manufacturers delivery dates, minimums, payment terms, and pricing.
Once you have these details, make sure you evaluate them against your demands.
For instance, it might be more advantageous for you to pay a higher price and purchase smaller quantities.
Create a Development Calendar with Your Factory
Manufacturers are very busy and as such, have to plan each phase of production very carefully.
Make sure that you plan a production calendar with detailed reminders and deadlines for each phase of the process.
Also, follow up on any deadlines or outstanding reminders that you have on your calendar.
Track all Comments and Revisions in Your Tech Pack
As you move through production, think of your samples and your tech pack comments as a tracking system or a master log.
It is important that you hold on to all the input that you logged from the beginning so you can reference these changes later.