What is a tech pack?

January 18, 2016

Raise your hand if you’re a new designer and feel overwhelmed by learning about tech packs. Everyone has different versions, you hear conflicting advice on what to include, and you just don’t want to look silly when you start talking to manufacturers. Well, we’re here to simplify the process. When we’re done, you’ll know exactly what a Tech Pack is and be able to create one for yourself. Ready? Let’s Dive in.

So, what is a tech pack?

Simply put, a tech pack is the set of information you give to your manufacturer so they can start making your product. This usually includes some combination of a sketch, measurements, and the materials needed to make your product. Although each tech pack is different, there are typically four major sections:

  • The Technical Sketch: Typically a vector drawing of your product done Adobe Illustrator, the technical sketch includes all of your products design details. For example, if you’re making a button-up shirt, you would call out everything from pocket size & shape to the number of buttons on the cuff. The general rule of thumb is, the more detailed you are, the better.
  • The Specification Sheet (Spec Sheet): The specification sheet contains all of the measurements needed to make your product. These measurements are referred to as Points of Measure (POM), with each product type having its own specific set of POMs (e.g. the POMs of a button-up shirt will be different from the POMs for pants). Check out our sample Specification Sheets in the resources section
  • Grade Rules: The grade rules section of the tech pack tells the manufacturer two things. First, it lets the factory know which sizes you intend to make (e.g. small, medium, large). Secondly, it acts as a specification sheet for all of your sizes, detailing the measurements for all of your intended sizes
  • Bill of Materials: The Bill of Materials is an overview of the materials you’ll need to create your garment. This includes everything from your fabric, trim, tags, labels, and packaging.

Lastly, tech packs can have more sections (such as sample references and costing sheets, among others), but the foundation is still making sure the technical sketch, spec sheet, grade rules, and bill of materials are all executed well.