Product Development Prices
How Much Does Garment Development Cost ?
Because we at The London Pattern Cutter work mainly for small startup clothing businesses, we need to keep development costs to a bare minimum.
High street fashion companies can afford to spend a lot of money developing even very basic styles. They will generally make three or four samples before approving each design. If we worked the same way, it would cost thousands of pounds for every style.
For most general fashion styles, we try to make just one sample. We achieve this by getting plenty of accurate information from the outset. If we dont have this information, then it will be difficult to produce an accurate sample every time.
If the styles are quite simple, we can gather this information through a basic sketch, or an existing garment. If they are more complicated, then we may need to create a technical sketch, or a tech pack from information provided by the client.
Sometimes a client wants to develop a quite specific idea that needs more work.
While it is more difficult to price for garment development, rather than normal fashion garments, we generally try to charge for these special garments in stages.
So, we may charge to make the initial basic pattern, plus two additional iterations, and mock ups for one price. Hopefully this would be all that was needed before sampling.
We would then charge a price for the second stage. It is rare for a clothing product to go beyond three samples, but we should have an idea from the outset whether this may be the case.
an compile one for you, using our own highly experienced tech pack designers. This way, we get the important information from our clients first hand, rather than second, or third hand through a tech pack.
Lets take a basic hoodie. As a minimum you will need a sample and a pattern. The pattern may cost £100, and the sample my also cost £100. So, it would cost £200 in total.
If a technical drawing, or a tech pack is needed, this could cost £80 – £160., but you would also use this for production. If the factory have sufficient information, and skilled pattern cutters and machinists, then you should only need one sample. If further samples are needed, you would have to pay for them.
A more difficult example could be a technical cycling jacket. This may cost £200 for the initial pattern, £80 for a mock-up, and £150 for a sample. A tech pack would probably be needed, at a minimum price of £160.
Because it is a technical garment, you will probably need three or four samples before approval – Maybe more.
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