Tech Pack Designer as Support System in Clothing Industry
I am a technical designer and I have been in the business of fashion for more than 12 years. It’s quite sad to say technical designers from west ask one fundamental question. What is the difference between specification sheet and tech pack in fashion? So, it is important that designers should know what a tech pack is and how important is a technical designer. It is imperative to hire tech pack designer unless you have experience in tech pack. Tech pack is the document required in every aspect of clothing manufacturing process. Apparel pattern maker need the tech pack to prepare the pattern. Below is the reason why a pattern maker needs tech pack.
Importance of Tech Pack Designer in Pattern Making
Pattern maker need technical flats in to have an understanding of the style. So designer should include every detailing such as buttons, zippers cuts, and folds. This helps the pattern maker to mark the detailing on the pattern which later used in cutting.
Tech Pack Designer must include clear and accurate measurements with graphical measurement guideline. This should include accurate body measurements needed to prepare the pattern. Spec sheet also mention the garment sample size, allowances for each successive size.
Fabric detailing in a tech pack is also useful for making a pattern. This gives a clear idea to the pattern maker about how flexible or stiff the fabric is. It also or show features like grain line, prints that pattern maker should care about.
So you can not ignore the role of a technical designer in clothing manufacturing process. Because he sets the base for a style and draws the critical paths in garment manufacturing cycle.
Importance of Tech Pack Designer in Preparing Bills of Material
There are several factors affect the cost of production in a clothing manufacturing. You see two broad categories of factor like style details and buyer’s order quantity. Both the factors are interdependent. So, you cannot get the exact cost of production without knowing order quantity and tech pack. Based on the MOQ we prepare a checklist to get per piece production cost of the garment. In technical terms, you may call these bills of material for garment manufacturing. When you approach a garment manufacturer to produce your garment style they ask for a tech pack. Because with tech pack and order quantity, clothing manufacturer calculates the production cost. This is how they can give you the exact cost of production. So apparel brands must prepare the tech pack before approaching any clothing manufacturer.