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What are Tech Packs?

What are Tech Packs?

Words by Alex Soler

20 December 2021
4 min read


tech packs for fashion designers

After the style sketches and approval, the more technical details of the styles are taken into consideration in order to make sure it is achievable.

During this phase, each design is assigned to a style number, the flat design of the garment is realized, all the details are studied, raw materials are selected, and the Tech Pack is created.

Why Do I Need a Tech Pack?

The Tech Pack is very important both for the internal organization of your company and the communication with other providers. If you create a very detailed and scrupulous TP, while filling it, you will realize if you oversaw something or if you missed some aspects of your garment and you can recover, before sending it to cut+sew.


Internally, it is an important document on which all info regarding a certain style is included, it is easy to consult, and allows you to create a record of your past collections and production. 

Meanwhile, when you will start contacting new and old providers asking for quotes, you will need a document with all the technical info concerning your garment. 

Also, if you want to be sure of receiving a final correct production quote from your supplier, you better send him a detailed TP, so that everything is taken into consideration and no surprises will pop out afterward. 


In addition, the Tech Pack is the best way of presenting and explaining what you are aiming to produce because it includes many images: it is well-known that images speak better than words. It is harder to concretize an idea through text than through images, this is especially true in the fashion industry.

Trust us, it will improve your communication and assure a more efficient process.


In conclusion, why do you need a Tech Pack? 

  • Higher Collaboration Efficiency
  • Fewer Communication Problems
  • Lower Probability of Errors
  • It Protects you from your Factory > if the information is present on the TP and it’s well explained, they cannot blame you in case of a wrong outcome.

Tech Pack: what should it include?

The Tech Pack (TP) is the Identification Document of a garment. 

It needs to include all the technical information necessary to have a full understanding of the garment proportions, creative choices, construction, raw materials necessary for its realization, and more. 


It is normally a template that is filled in every time a new style is released and confirmed for development.


This template is normally in A4 format, easy to review on the pc screen and suitable for printing. It is composed of different pages, having different topics covered on each one of them. 

Every page has a header at the top of it, that should include all basic info such as 

  • Project/Client Name 
  • Style Number 
  • Style Description + Gender
  • Season (FW or SS)
  • Size Range 
  • ..and More


As previously mentioned, every page should focus on a phase of the product development needed for the garment realization. Here is a list of the suggested pages and sub-categories for every page: 


As previously mentioned, every page should focus on a phase of the product development needed for the garment realization. Here is a list of the suggested pages and sub-categories for every page: 

1. Introduction/Cover Page

    • Project/Client Name 
    • Style Number
    • Style Description + Gender
    • Etc

2. Style Page 

    • Technical Flat (front and back view – at least)
    • SKUs 
    • Etc

3. Sourcing Page

    • Contacted Providers 
    • Obtained Quotations 
    • Selected Items 
    • Etc

4. BOM (Bill Of Material) Page – List of ALL necessary raw materials (fabrics, threads, trims, tags, packaging, etc) for the garment realization, including

    • Article Image
    • Article Code
    • Technical Specifications – of every article
    • Consumption
    • Price 
    • Etc

5. Extra Services/Embellishments Page – such as prints, embroideries, etc. including all needed information.

6. Call-Outs Page 

    • Close-up of Specific Construction or peculiar aspect of the Garment
    • Internal or External Details 
    • Tags Position
    • Etc

7. Flat Measurement Page 

    • Flat with Measurement Arrows

8. One-Size Proto _ Size Spec Page

    • Written Measurement Description 
    • Accepted Tolerance per Measurement 
    • Required Measurements
    • Proto Real Measurements (for Quality Control Check)
    • Etc

9. FSR (Full-Size Range) _ Size Spec Page 

10. Pattern Info Page 

    • Pattern Code
    • Number of Pieces and their Names/Codes
    • Number of Pieces to Cut 
    • Etc

11. Marker Page – if applicable

12. Construction Page 

    • Sewing Operation Passages 
    • Time (in seconds) per each Operation

13. Extra Notes + QC Page – if applicable


The above list is very long. Not all brands include that much info on it, even though, by including them, you’ll be sure to have a complete and detailed TP with nothing left to chance. The more detailed your final Tech Pack will be, the less room there will be for error.

Several different people will collaborate to fill in the Tech Pack. It will be the technical Designer’s duty to insert all main info from pages 1 to 7, the Pattern Maker will take care of pages 8-11, the Seamstress of page 12, the Quality Control Officer of pages 8, etc.

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