Sequence of Garment Sample Development

Last Updated on 24/12/2020

Sequence of Garment Sample Development

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

 

Introduction:
Sample is a product which represents a group of product or lot. Sample development is very important for garments industry because the buyers usually place orders after reviewing the quality of the samples. The process of garment sample department varies continuously, and the development process will cover a wide range of unique products. For helping purpose of students and professionals we have published another article on garments proto sample. In this article I will discuss on sequence of garments sample development.

garment sample development
Fig: Garment sample development

Sequence of Garment Sample Development

1st Pattern

2nd Pattern

Counter Sample

Salesman Sample

Photo Sample

Approved Sample

Pre-production Sample

Production Sample

Shipping Sample

First Pattern
The first physical version of any garment as per the artwork done by designer and/or developer

  • Purpose : See the design work and test the fitting
  • Status : Nothing specific
  • Material : Available
  • Price : Not confirmed
  • Quantity : 1 (for customer) + 1 (for merchandiser)
  • Delivery : As per urgency

Second Pattern
Usually designer/developer always asks for some changes to the first pattern. Second pattern is made as per comments.

Counter Sample
Where first pattern is made on designers artwork, Counter sample is to make not on designers artwork, has to follow another sample given by the merchandiser.

  • Purpose : See the Workmanship and test the Factory skill
  • Status : Nothing specific
  • Material : Available
  • Price : Not confirmed
  • Quantity : 1 (for customer) + 1 (for self keeping)
  • Delivery : As per request

Salesman Sample
Sample is made when price is confirmed and orders are on speculation; usually in L size in all color combinations of expected order. Buyers held a meeting with its customer and record their response on order quantity per color, size, etc. and finally place order to their vendor.

  • Purpose : Sales Meeting by Retailers market Appraisal
  • Demand/Order forecast
  • Status : Final stage of the order confirmation.
  • Material : Actual
  • Price : Confirmed
  • Quantity : There is minimum quantity per color combination
  • Delivery : Very important to meet the delivery date

Photo Sample
Samples are made with color and material to be worn by the models on the event of shooting for catalog.

Approval Sample
In any discrete period of time, whenever if required and revision in the sample, a new sample is made (sometimes mock-up is workable too) as per new specification. It is sent to buyer for his approval of the conformity that the revision is done correctly.

  • Size Set: Consists of one piece from each size color combination
  • Mock Up: Any part of the garment to make for particular purpose, not complete garment.

Pre-production Sample
When materials for bulk production arrive, then the factory makes a sample with the actual material and sends it to the customer.

Production Sample
It is a reference to the buyer that the bulk is being produced as per specifications. Buyer wants to be assured that correct material is sourced and Line Workmanship conformed to the quality level.

Shipping Sample
A sample is kept from every pre-shipping inspection to be referred, if required after the order has been delivered. Usually for any disputes (e.g. claim) shipping sample is important.

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