BILL OF MATERIALS

Also known as a BOM, is an extensive list of raw materials and findings needed to manufacture a single garment. This will be used by the manufacturer to determine the cost of producing your garment in large quantities and will include labor.

DIGITIZING

Transferring a paper pattern into digital format. This allows the designer to easily share their pattern electronically while giving it a longer lifespan than a paper version. I also allows for easy updates and changes to the pattern, and/or faster development into another garment using it as a base.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS

Measurements of the final constructed garments at key areas such as waist and hem circumference, sleeve length and total length.

MARKER

A guide of all pattern pieces in the various size ranges laid out on material in such a manner as to reduce fabric waste in the production process cutting.  

PATTERN PARTS LIST

A list of all pattern pieces for the garment. They are separated by material type and listed in order of largest to smallest within each type.

PATTERNMAKING

Drafting a design from a sketch or inspirational photos into a paper or digital format pattern to be cut and sewn. Patterns are necessary to build a garment as they are not only the pieces that make the garment, but contain some of the instructions as to how it sews together.

PATTERN GRADING

Pattern grading is the process of shrinking or enlarging of a finished pattern to accommodate it to people of different sizes. This process is important as it also ensures design details grow proportionally as the garment changes in size.

SEQUENCE OF CONSTRUCTIOn

A step by step list of instructions on how to construct the garment in order and most efficiently.

SEWN SAMPLE

A completed, original garment of one size. It reflects the designers intangible concepts and inspiration as the designer intended and should be 100% perfect in it’s construction.

SOURCING

The search for fabrics, trims and other findings needed to build your garment. This is usually done by the manufacturer as they have numerous resources and can buy in bulk for a lower price.

TECHNICAL SKETCH

A computer drawing of the finished garment, usually to scale, to show color blocking, design details, label locations and other features unique to the garment construction.

TECH PACK

Short for technical package or specification package. This is a set of instructions on how to create your particular garment. Manufacturers require this before they can put any garment into production. It contains drawing, list of materials, measurements, construction information and more.