Tech packs may seem like a simple packet of pictures and measurements; however they are an essential part of production process. By definition tech packs are “a set of design or style sheets which contain all the necessary specifications to construct a garment or a sewn product for prototype or production purposes.” Every material and process needed to construct a product must be listed so that whoever is to create the sample product knows the exact requirements. In a simple statement, tech packs are seen as a “detailed road map” of how to sew a prototype.
Within a tech pack the following sections/parts are to be provided: “fabrics, trims, color ways, measurements, grade rules, and all related vendor information.” Tech packs should also include “the style number, season, size range, block number, specs, flat sketch, fabrics, and colors per style.” Tech packs may also contain the method for correctly folding a garment, as well as the correct method of packaging. Each piece of information must be accurate so that there is no confusion when manufacturing the prototype.
As stated in the resources used for this post, the following is a list of the benefits of a tech pack:
- A tech pack can help you to stay organized and focused.
- A tech pack can help with patternmaking, grading, calculating yields and costing.
- A tech pack also confirms that you have provided all necessary information to the factory.
- A tech pack will insure the accuracy of the final product.
The following are a few examples of what tech packs may look like:
- Anna Gilbert