After you have confirmed your production cost quotes and sourced everything necessary for your garments to be produced, you are now ready to have your patterns and samples made. The cost of this process is normally the production cost x 2 or 3 - this will vary between manufacturer. Some may charge you separately for the patterns and the samples so make sure to speak to them
to ensure you are getting what you expect.What the patterns entail is taking all of the information provided in the spec sheets (or physical samples provided) and making paper based outlines or designs which will be use as a template, laid onto the fabric, traced and cut out. Here you can see patterns, on the fabric and being cut.From these cut outs, the fabric will then be sew together to make your samples. The initial sample will be a "sew sample" - it will not have the full details such as the specific colour you want (will be made in RFD - Ready For Dying), printing techniques, woven tags, etc. It is to get the right fit, fabric and to see the quality of sewing before proceeding into full production. The initial sampling phase will usually take anywhere from 1 to 4 weeks depending on the complexity of design.When speaking to your manufacturer; along with spec sheets you had provided them, it is best to give them a sizing guide you are comfortable using - there are so many different options with UK, US, European, Australian sizing, etc. - you don't want to get this aspect wrong! This sizing guide will be used to grade all of your patterns which will allow them to make all the different sizes required. Confirm with your manufacturer as well if there is an additional cost for size grading.