Flow Chart of Garment Sampling Process

Last Updated on 24/12/2020

Flow Chart of Garment Sampling Process

Mayedul Islam
Merchandiser at Fashion Xpress Buying House.
Badda, Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Email: mayedul.islam66@gmail.com


Garment Sample:
Sample is the prototype or model of the garment, upon what the buyer can decide on how and whether to confirm the order or not. Garment sampling process is one of the principle process in garment manufacturing and it plays an important role in attracting buyers and confirming export order.

Garment Sampling Process Flow Chart:

flow chart of garment sampling process
Fig: Flow chart of garment sampling process

Brief Description of the Garment Sampling Process

1. Tech Pack Receiving: This is the first stage of the sampling processes. In this stage Tech Pack or the Technical pack is received from the buyer, via merchandiser. Tech pack contains all the specifications to produce a garment.

2. CAD & Pattern Making: In this stage pattern is made through CAD. Sometimes pattern is made manually, but CAD is more popular and easy, Computer-aided design (CAD) is the use of computer Technology for the design of objects, real or virtual. The design of geometric models for object shapes, in particular, is often called computer-aided geometric design (CAGD). However CAD often involves more than just shapes. As in the manual drafting of Technical and engineering drawings, the output of CAD often must convey also symbolic information such as materials, processes, dimensions, and tolerances, according to application-specific conventions. CAD may be used to design curves and figures in two-dimensional (“21”) space; or curves, surfaces, or solids in three-dimensional (“3D”) objects. Viyellatex pattern section uses Optitex CAD software for pattern making.

Garments sample development section
Fig: Garments sample development section

3. Sample Making: Sample making is the ultimate goal of this department. After making the pattern, the sample is made by using the pattern set.

4. Size Setting: After making the sample, size is set according to the Tech Pack. If there is any fault, the sample is redone.

5. Pre Production (PP) Meeting: After the buyer has inspected the sample, a pre-production meeting is called. In this meeting buyer or his agent, merchandiser, sample manager, all remain present. They decide on how to and when to start the production. If the decision Okayed, the sample is ready to go for final production.

6. Grading of Sample: After finalizing the sample. Grading is done. There may be several grades of a single design. The grading is done to separate the samples and patterns from each others

7. Marker: After grading the samples. The design is inputted into the marker software. This software specifies how to set the pattern in the actual fabric. By using the marker software efficiently, fabric can be saved. Viyellatex uses Gerber Garment Technology (GGT) for marker making.

8. Cutting: After making the marker the pattern is delivered to the cutting unit and the fabric is cut for final production.

Sample Procedure:
There are some standard sample procedures after pattern making, they are as follows:

Sourcing the Fabric and Accessories for making the Garment

Cutting (For Sample Only)




Quality Control

Precheck Form

Buyer QC

Forwarding from the Merchandiser

Sending Sample to the Buyer

Types of sample and their uses:

Serial no.SampleUse
01Proto/ Development SampleTo convert the pattern into actual garment.
02Size set/ Grade/ Fitting SampleTo fit the styling of the garment.
03Additional Sample (White Only) Magazine. Photo shot)  garment on the rack.All these Samples are made to show the garment of the rack
04Contract Seal/ Seal SampleTo gain approval before the bulk Production.
05Pre Production (PP) sampleTo gain approval before the bulk Production.
06Production SampleTo gain approval for shipping the garment._
07Sales Man Sample (SMS)To gain approval for bulk production
08Rack SampleTo show the garment on the rack.

Sampling Stages of Different Garment Buyers:

Marks & Spencer

Buying/ Development Sample

Fit Sample (To fit on the best size)

Grading Sample

Contract Seal

Go for Production

Rack Sample



Proto/development sample

Salesman Sample (SMS)

Sealer sample



Price tips sample

Pre proto sample

Proto sample

PLM sample (before SMS)

SLM (or SMS)

Size set

Seal Sample

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