This page walks you through the typical steps required to go from idea to product.
SO first things first! You got an idea for a product or garment, and you want to see it in real life. Get as many of your ideas out on paper in any way, drawings, sketches, paintings, bullet points, presentations, tear sheets from magazines and so on. The better you communicate your idea, the better your product can be manifested.
We start with your ideas and turn them into SPEC SHEETS. There is just no other way around this, we use spec sheets as a starting point to get where we need to go. We can do the spec sheets, or you can. But the better it is, the better your end product. IF YOU DO YOUR OWN SPEC SHEET YOURSELF, IT NEEDS TO BE DONE IN A WAY WE CAN UNDERSTAND AND TO INDUSTRY STANDARDS.
After the spec sheet is approved, we move on to a FIRST WORKING PATTERN (FWP). It is important to understand that the first working pattern is only a first draft, needs to be tested, and more than likely will require adjustments. It isn't to be used in factories and is for research and development purposes only.
After the FWP is made, it needs to be tested. We can make your FIRST FIT SAMPLE out of a simple muslin type fabric, or you can supply your own and we can test it in actual fabric. What is actual fabric? It's the fabric you want your finished pieces in. We recommend that you save money on this part, since we are still in the testing phase of your product. Sometimes it's better to just use a muslin, since the garment more than likely will need adjustments. The con, of course is that if your first sample turns out perfect by chance, you'll need to get another one in the actual fabric you want it in.
After we have your first samples completed and approved in it's final fabrics and trims, then we transfer the FWP to an official oaktag master pattern. This pattern will most likely be in your fit sample size medium (or whatever size we worked with) and will then need to be GRADED to allow for a range of sizes of your pieces.
Once grading is completed, it will then be your option to test each graded piece with a sample. If this isn't in your budget it can be skipped although this is not recommended. You can also take your graded patterns and test them yourself if you are familiar with industrial sewing.
A tech pack may be necessary at this point, depending on who you choose to do your manufacturing. Some factories / manufacturers require them and some don't so make sure you plan ahead and ask.