How Much Does UK Sampling Cost ?
Sampling costs are a big part of any small fashion brands budget. Samples can cost anything from twice to four times the production price. As a very rough guide, a blouse sample may cost £50 – £150, without a pattern. A tailored jacket sample may cost £150 – £300.
Those prices dont account for making the pattern, which can be a significant part of sampling costs. That topic is covered more in our page on garment sample development if you would like a fuller understanding of the subject.
Generally, you will need a pattern for each style, unless you are using one pattern for different fabrics. You will often be able to use one base pattern to provide a number of similar designs, but ideally you would need to test the base pattern, before sampling the similar styles.
If you are starting a clothing brand, you will have to create samples for each style before production. You wont be able to get an accurate production quote before sampling.
There are many different types of samples. Pleas refer to our page on sampling for more information.
Where Do I Go For Samples ?
If you need to get samples made, you have three main alternatives. You could go to a freelance sample machinist, a clothing factory, or a one-stop-shop like The London Pattern Cutter.
There are many very good freelance sample machinists, especially in London. But they rarely make patterns. If they do make patterns, they are unlikely to be of a professional standard suitable for factory production.
Clothing factories are only as good as their technicians. They are not geared towards sample making, and most do not employ experienced professional pattern cutters, essential for achieving good quality results.
We at The London Pattern Cutter are a one-stop-shop, specialising in sample development. We employ very experienced, specialist technicians such as pattern cutters, sample machinists, and tech pack designers.
Why Does Sampling Cost So Much ?
Much of the cost of sampling is in the pattern price. It is not just the cost of making the initial pattern, but also the cost of making the toiles (mock ups), and of alterations, and producing a final perfected pattern.