Garment Production Decoded: A Step-by-Step Guide for Apparel Manufacturers


Managing lead times is pivotal to the success of any garment manufacturer. This step-by-step guide will navigate you through the stages of sample creation and bulk production, offering insights into time management and quality control practices that are essential to staying competitive in the global garment manufacturing industry.

Part 1: Sample Lead Time (3-5 days)

1. Receiving Tech Packs

Tech packs provide crucial details like style, size requirements, and fabric and accessory specifications. Ensure these packs are thoroughly understood and all requirements are clarified.

2. Purchasing Fabrics and Accessories

Based on the tech pack, procure fabrics and accessories that align with the customer’s specifications.

3. Creating Paper Patterns and 3D Drawings

Craft paper patterns and generate 3D visualizations in line with the style and fabric properties, allowing for accurate and efficient production.

4. Cutting Fabric and Sewing

Using the patterns, cut and sew the fabric, paying close attention to the required appearance and quality standards.

5. Sample Completion, Checking, and Dispatch

The technician checks the sample meticulously for quality and consistency. Once approved, the sample is sent out for client review.

6. Quotation

The quotation is generated based on the fabric and accessories used, sewingthe cost, and the production time.

7. Order Confirmation

Once the customer approves the sample and the quotation, they issue a purchase order to confirm the bulk order.

Part 2: Bulk Production Lead Time (2-4 weeks)

8. Purchasing Bulk Fabrics, Accessories, and Labels

Procure bulk fabric, accessories, and labels matching the approved sample’s quality and considering the order quantity.

10. Confirmation of Full-Size Specification

After pre-production sample approval, a full-size specification is created for the entire product range and sent for customer confirmation.

11. Fabric Inspection, Cutting, and Sewing

The bulk fabric is inspected for quality, followed by marker planning, fabric cutting, and sewing, adhering to the approved specifications.

12. Bulk Inspection and Packaging

A three-stage inspection process is implemented: Initial inspection (checking stitches), middle inspection (checking size and workmanship after the first batch of finished products), and final inspection (checking packaging appearance after 80% of products are finished).

13. Shipping and Delivery

Depending on the customer’s requirement, choose the most appropriate shipping mode, be it air or sea.

Navigating production timelines effectively is integral to your success as a global garment manufacturer. By understanding and managing each step, you ensure smooth operation, timely delivery, and high customer satisfaction.