Ever wondered about how your favourite t-shirt was made? Ever thought about the processes involved before it came to the store? Garment manufacturing is a long process involving multiple steps that need to be carried out with utmost care and perfection. The apparel you sport is a product of hard work and expertise. From designing the garment to shipping it to the buyer, lots of hard work goes into making a single piece of apparel that would satisfy the customers and encourage them to buy more.
The first step of garment manufacture is to design. The colour, texture, shape and fabric of the product is curated and a pattern of the parts of the garment is made. Fit samples are made using these patterns to let the buyer review and evaluate the fit and appearance of the product they ordered. Once the pattern is confirmed, the production pattern, i.e., the finalised pattern set is graded following the grade rule. A stencil/marker, that illustrates how pattern pieces of one or more garments should be cut, is made.
Then comes the steps of spreading large rolls of fabric according to the number of garments desired and cutting it accordingly to prepare garment assembly. These cut pieces undergo bundling where they are disassembled from the stack and then reassembled to go through the main assembly stage of production- the process of sewing- where the pieces are stitched together, assembling the garment.
This assembled garment undergoes quality inspection to ensure its quality and the satisfaction of the consumer. It is then subjected to a series of operations (Textile Finishing) including scouring, bleaching, dyeing and printing to produce the finished textile. Finally, it is ironed to remove creases and to give it a flat appearance.
Once a final inspection by the buyer is done, the garments are packaged and then cartooned to ensure the protection and appropriate handling of the finished products while they are being shipped to the customer.