customised clothing

“Clothing is a form of self-expression – there are hints about who you are in what you wear”
– Anonymous

With years of experience in clothing manufacturing in both retail and promotional, we pride ourselves in our ability to provide innovative, on-trend ranges of clothing for our customers. We partner with a number of local specialist factories and stockhouses to produce various types of garments. Whether you’re looking for woven lounge shirts, custom knitwear, sublimated jackets, custom headwear, or even custom footwear, we can assist.

clothing production process

Based on a sample or measurement specification sheet, we construct a cardboard Master Pattern. With this pattern we will be able to manufacture a Fit Sample to see if the final product is as required.

A Fit Sample is made up using a substitute fabric but similar to what the final requested fabric will be. This sample is to quality check & measure the fit measurements of the garment.

Once the Fit Sample garment has been approved, we can grade the Master Pattern into the full-size set. This is known as the graded pattern set.

To order in your fabric, a colour lab dip Is needed. This is a small swatch of various shades of a pantone of the colour you require. Once the shade is approved the bulk fabric can be ordered & dyed. To order in your bulk fabric, we will need to know how much to order based on your units placed. To work this out we need to work out the rating of the garment.

The rating is basically how many meters of fabric is needed to produce one unit. To work this out, the graded pattern is needed and the total quantity per size is needed. This is then worked out with a formula and advises the total meterage required per unit based on the bulk order placed. With the rating worked out, and the lab dip colour approved, the bulk order can be knitted/woven and dyed.

Usually on a garment there is some sort of branding. Branding can be simply categorized in the forms of a label, print or embroidery. While all of the procedures of the fabric and pattern are taking place, a sample of the embellishment can be run for approval. This is done again on a substitute fabric. This is also know as a strike off. (Sub-Head each type and elaborate?)

Once the bulk fabric has arrived and the fit sample and the embellishment strike off is approved, we can produce a Pre-Production Sample (PPS). A PPS is an accurate representation of what the final product will be, for approval, prior to producing the whole order. Once this final sample is approved, the order may begin bulk production.

For us to cut the cloth, we need to follow the patterns shapes and quantities. To do this, the whole order is printed out on paper markers. When cutting the fabric, the cutter follows these markers to ensure the correct patterns are cut, and accurately.

Before cutting the cloth, it needs to relax for 24hrs. This is due to the fact that it comes out of dying and is dried and folded or rolled into its packaging. It settles into the packaging, and may hold some shape from this period of being in the packing. To ensure the cloth reacts neatly to the blade when being cut, it needs to relax out of the packing completely unraveled. After this is done, it is pulled out along a cutting table and layered. Once all layers of fabric are on the table, the paper markers are placed on top of the fabric for the cutter to run his blade along.

Once all the panels are cut, any panels that require branding will be sent to get this branding applied. Branding is generally applied on the panels as opposed to the final garment, this is to reduce the costs of the risks of rejects in the embellishment process. For example, if a panel has a print reject, only another panel needs to be recut to replace it. If a completed garment has a print reject, the whole garment will need to be recut and sewn, incurring more costs.

Once all panels are embellished and the garment is ready to be sewn, it gets sent down a ‘line’. This line is made up of sewing machines set to do different operations based on the construction complexity of the garment. Each sewing machine will have an operator working on it, and each construction process is done in a particular order to construct the garment. Each operator on a machine will do their one specific operation on simultaneous garments while they go down the line.

Once the garment is fully sewn, its needs to be pressed/ironed as it may have been pulled out of shape while sewing due to machining tension. Once it is ironed, it goes through a quality assessment to check everything from the embellishments to the fit and even the small loose threads that may be left behind on the garment from sewing. Once all is approved as correct, the garment is folded, polybagged, sealed & put into a picking bay. The final process is packing the boxes from the garments in the picking bays and sealing and dispatching to its final location.

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