What is a Tech Pack?
WHAT IS A TECH PACK?
A tech pack houses all of the information for your apparel product or accessory. Just like a blueprint for a building, it acts as the guiding document for the factory to build your goods. While there is no set format for what your tech pack has to look like, these are the elements that should always be included.
Your cover page typically houses your black and white technical sketch with no text. This gives the factory a clear image of what your design should look like. In a header, make sure to include important elements like the brand name, style number, season, and the names of who the factory should contact if they have questions. This can become a consistent header throughout the document. It’s important to have all of this information on each page of the tech pack because the factory (or you in some cases) will not always print out the entire document when developing and reviewing your prototype. By having the information available on every page, it makes it easier for you and the factory to stay organized.
After you have perfected your product through proto reviews, you will have a graded size set. This page is where you will house all of your points of measure (POM’s) and their corresponding specs for each size. You will also include the tolerance for the prototype and/or bulk production. It’s important to create a standardized set of measures that your factory can follow that correspond with a measurement guide so that communication between you and the factory is clear. I would also encourage you to include a small copy of the sketch in the header, especially if you are producing many products.
Here is where you will use your technical sketch. Along with the sketch will be a series of construction callouts, including stitch and seam types. The callouts need to be concise and clear in order for the factory to follow them correctly.
ARTWORK & PACKAGING:
You may need additional pages for artwork and packaging, such as specific ways to package the product or attach a hangtag in order to protect the garment during shipping. If you have a specialized element, such as a branded zipper pull, you will need to create an artwork page with specs and callouts to send out for production.
BILL OF MATERIALS:
This page will house all of the elements that go into your design. This will include, but is not limited to: fabric, findings, trims, hardware, and coatings. On the bill of materials (BOM) page you will list out the type, quantity, color, finish, and more. It’s important to be specific to get exactly what you’re looking for!
COLORUPS / COLORWAYS:
Your colorup page will show all of the color options for your product in a sketch. It is sometimes housed within the BOM page in order for the colors to correspond to the fabric/trims/findings.
Depending upon your agreement and structure with your supplier and/or factory, you may also need to include a price list. The price list breaks down the cost for each item, labor cost, and quantity included for each product.
PROTO REVIEW PAGE:
Your prototype review is an important page for you (the technical designer) and your factory. Your prototype will be created in a specified sample size that corresponds with the specs associated with your POM’s. You can use this page as a way for both you and the factory to review the samples. I suggest including the POM’s, a place for the factories checked measures, a place for your own measures, as well as a place to take notes on any construction or fit issues that you see when reviewing the sample. Be sure to take pictures of the garment on body when fitting to include with your review comments!