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DIY Technical Design: Develop Your First Apparel Product or Accessory - A Free Series



It’s finally here! You can now DIY your way through the Technical Design process.



Follow along on this 10 part series to get the inside scoop of my Technical Design process so that you can develop your first apparel product with confidence.

As you know, I provide custom technical design services to clients all around the world. So, you may be wondering, “why are you providing a DIY guide for free?” As a small business owner myself, I know how hard it can be to afford all of the services that you need in order to be successful. Sometimes that means cutting costs and doing it yourself.

My ultimate goal here at Points of Measure is to give you everything that you need to be successful in the fashion industry. In order to do that, the obvious conclusion was to provide you with a free, step-by-step guide that leads you through the entire process of creating your first garment or accessory. I hope that in doing so, we can build a lasting relationship and reach our goals together!

I want to get to know you and the brand you’re building so that I can continue to provide you with free content and guides that truly serve your ambitions. So, don’t be shy! Reach out to me on your favorite social media channel (@pointsofmeasure) and use #technicaldesigncommunity or send me a message. If you want to stay updated and receive some great offers during this series you should subscribe. As always, I don’t require your email for any of my free content.


So what is DIY Technical Design all about?

I'm sure you've had experience using lots of different guides. You've probably even experienced using some not-so-great ones. Well, I'm right there with you. I'm always on the search to find amazing education.

DIY Technical Design is your ultimate guide to learning how to create your first apparel product or accessory the RIGHT way. Whether you're just beginning or just wanting to improve your process, this guide has it all. I guarantee that this series will save you time, money, and a load of costly mistakes by creating a concrete process for your brand.

The series includes a set of corresponding videos that walk you through the Technical Design process, step-by-step. It's hosted through YouTube, so no need to sign up for anything special! I love adding videos to my instructional series because I believe everyone learns differently. Having videos allows you to learn in the way that suits your learning style best.


Get the inside scoop on exactly how my design process works! Here’s what you’ll learn in DIY Technical Design: Develop Your First Apparel Product or Accessory:

Alongside the release of DIY Technical Design I will also be releasing a set of digital products. In each section I will teach you how to DIY the products, but I also want to provide them for purchase to save you time. Pick and choose where you want to DIY! When you subscribe you’ll receive a special discount for the digital products I’ll be releasing.

Section 1: Introduction to Tech Packs

Learn what a tech pack is, what's included, and how to use it. I’ll be going over the different formats you can use so that you can choose the right fit for your brand. I will walk you through step-by-step how to make your own professional, reusable template to send to your factory.

Digital Product: Tech Pack Templates

Section 2: Drawing Technical Flats

I have a full, free guide and video series on DIY Technical Flats called Introduction to Technical Flats. In this section I will reference that series, but we will be going more in-depth about why flats are important, how to keep them updated, and the purpose of accurate flats. I will also link to where you can find my stock vector illustrations if you have an Adobe Stock or Shutterstock membership!

Digital Product: Technical Flats Vector Packs

Section 3: Size Charts and Grading

Learn how to research and develop your own unique size chart for your brand. I’ll go into detail about grading and how to develop your own consistent grading method. You’ll learn how to format and create your very own professional size chart. We’ll also discuss fitting on fit forms vs. fit models and how developing a block can save you loads of time!

Digital Product: Standard Size Charts with Grade

Section 4: Stitch Callouts and Construction

Learn good practices for writing callouts, how to format them, and how to add them to the sketch. I will give a basic overview of garment construction so you can feel confident when talking to your factory.

Digital Product: Stitch and Seam Guide with Callout Cheat Sheet

Section 5: Points of Measure

Learn how to set up a POM page in the tech pack. We’ll discuss why POM numbers are important for organization and how tolerance is used. I’ll give you my fool-proof formula for writing accurate POM’s and talk about general good practices for developing your POM page strategy. I will teach you how to create your very own How to Measure Guide and why it is vital for sample development.

Digital Product: Comprehensive POM List and How to Measure Guide

Section 6: Bill of Materials and Color

You will learn how to set up a BOM page and what’s included on it. I’ll give you some general practices on sourcing. Learn what color approvals are, how to match color, and the different color book options to choose from.

Section 7: Packaging, Logos, Tags, and Labels

Make decisions about how to package your products for shipping vs. for sale. Learn the basics about logo sizing, placements, callouts, and materials. Get an overview of the legal requirements for tags and labels plus good practices for formatting your labels. Get guidance on where you can find manufacturing for your packaging, labels, and tags.

Section 8: Reviewing Your First Prototype: Writing Comments and the Sample Process

You will learn step-by-step how to review your first prototype from the factory, how to write comments from your observations, and what the overall sample process looks like. I will walk you through how to measure using the guide from section 5 and give you examples for how I lay out my comment structure.

Section 9: Prints, Graphics, and Art

Learn how to callout repeat prints, how to place art with POM’s, and formatting for sending art to the factory. Learn the importance of directionality, matching, and what that means for the cost of the garment.

Section 10: Sourcing and Manufacturing

A walkthrough of where to look for sourcing and manufacturing. How to research factories on your own and what to look for when choosing a manufacturer that’s right for your brand.

Digital Product: Resource and Factory Directory



  • Create and use your very own Tech Pack to develop your first apparel product or accessory.

  • Build a professional, unique brand size chart to use for development and on your website.

  • Spec your garment from start to finish, allowing your factory to develop your unique brand vision.

  • Make educated decisions about packaging for your product.

  • Be confident in choosing the layout of your tags and labels, conforming to legal specifications.

  • Add art, prints, and graphics confidently to your design.

  • Have the tools to find a factory that is right for you and your brand.



In the meantime… Check out this post all about the basics!