What is a Technical Sketch?
What is a technical sketch?
A technical sketch, which can also be referred to as a CAD, Fashion Flat, or Technical Flat, is a detailed and accurate representation of your garment. It is most often used as a part of the Tech Pack to communicate the design, construction, and stitch details of your garment to the factory. However, I have seen it used to supplement during design presentations, as an added element on websites, and even as a design feature on hangtags.
What are its important elements?
A technical sketch must be proportional, show accurate construction details, and illustrate all parts of the garment. For simple styles, such as a t-shirt, you would only need to create a technical sketch for the front view and back view. For something more complicated, like a snowboard jacket, you may want to include additional detail views of the hood, interior lining, and underarm.
What are some ways that it can be used?
Technical sketches are typically used during the production phase to communicate construction details to the factory. They may also be used during adoption presentations as a placeholder for styles that are still in development. Other ways they can be used is on a website, hangtag, or even in a product catalog.