Step 3 – List What Specific Fabrics And Materials You Want To Use
This is the most important aspect of your clothing because fabrics and materials is what your clothing is comprised of.
You don’t need to know all the exact fabrics and compositions. But you do need to be able to highlight some fabric type in your tech packs because manufacturers need a starting point.
If you do know which fabrics you would like to use, then enter them into a section of the tech pack that is dedicated to showing your fabrics.
In TechPacker.com, the area where you upload example images is called Materials. Check out examples on the images at the bottom of this section.
If you’re not sure about your fabrics, an easy way to learn which fabrics are commonly used, is to visit any online retailer that matches your clothing styles, and simply look at what their clothing is made of.
You can also include the general hand-feel, or perceived weight of the fabric you want to use. For example, there are many ranges of Cotton. Instead of adding in a specific composition or weight, you can simply enter something like “Cotton that is slightly heavy and thick, for wearing t-shirts in the Spring“.
From this information, your manufacturer can more easily narrow down your possible fabrics range, which quickens the quoting process as well.
Materials Lists or Bill of Materials
Materials lists or the Bill of Materials is also a crucial part of every properly completed tech pack.
This is a separate section that needs to be in each of your clothing tech packs, and this is where you highlight what types of materials you want to use.
What are materials? Zippers, buttons, trims, tassels, sequin, beads, jewels, custom drawstring ends, straps, clips, and any other type of functional or aesthetic feature that goes on your clothing is a material.
Ideally, when you create the Materials section, you will also provide images of each item. For example, if you need to use zippers, there can be so many types, qualities, sizes, etc. that you need to tell your manufacturer what type of zippers you envision using.
The best thing to do is to go on Google Images, search for images of your zipper type, download them to your computer and put them in your tech packs. Then include a description, and show where on your clothing the zipper will go. This should be done for all materials or embellishments as well.
Check out some examples of acceptable ways to do this. Click these images to enlarge them.
Step 4 – Include The Specific Colours Of Your Fabric, Your Artwork For Printing, Embroidery, Or Other Embellishments
The way colours should be included in your tech packs is via something called a Pantone Code, while artwork for printing or embroidery can be sent via screenshots and image files.
Pantone is the world’s leading authority on colour matching. They have a website which you can visit that will give you your Pantone code for each colour you want.
The way to include this in your tech packs is to first visit Pantone’s Colour-Finder page, adjust the colour finder palette or enter the name of your desired colour into the search field, and click Submit. The resulting code is what you must enter into your tech packs.
Another alternative way is to go on Google Images, search for the name of a colour, and take a screenshot of an image or download it. Include that image file inside your tech packs. It’s still important to tell us the name of the colour you searched for because there can be many variations and shades.
What about prints?
The same principle applies to all around designs or embroidery. The best way to include your artwork or screenshot files into your tech packs is to include them only into the tech pack it belongs to. After you have entered these into your tech packs, you should also send them as separate files when you submit your tech packs.
The most widely accepted file formats for submitting your artwork are either Ai (Adobe Illustrator), JPG, PNG, or PDF file formats.
If your printing requires that your artwork is to be placed in a specific spot on your clothing rather than being all around, then in your tech packs, you will need to indicate the exact position of the artwork on the clothing and include its dimensions.
This also goes for any other embellishment work such as embroidery, sequin work, beading, etc.
In TechPacker.com, the area where you upload example images is called Materials. Check out examples of acceptable supporting images to use. Click these images to enlarge them.
Step 5 – Show Us Exactly What All the Seam-to-Seam Measurements Need To Be
Following your fabrics choices, the next most important aspect of your tech packs is your seam-to-seam measurements.
I can’t stress how important this section is. Your seam measurements help us to do two things.
First, we use them to calculate how much your production will cost by calculating how much fabrics and materials are going to be consumed for each item of clothing. This also helps us calculate how much dyeing and printing will be required.
Secondly, once your patterns are being made, the manufacturer will use the measurements from your tech packs to create your custom fit clothing. If you have measured correctly, or fairly correctly, your first prototype will come out closer to the desired fit and sizing.