Once you’ve navigated through the exhaustive phases of research, design ideation, and fabric procurement, you arrive at perhaps the most pivotal and gratifying stage in the evolution of a clothing line: sample production.



Here’s a breakdown of the various stages involved in sample creation, along with an exploration of their significance in the design journey.


Sample-making begins with pattern making. This is the rough prototype of your design. At this stage the fabric is merely used to showcase what the measurements, drape and fit of your design will be like.

Considering that there are various specialized methods of pattern making, it’s advised that you consult a professional to help you with the pattern of your design.


The fit sample (or the first sample) is made from the final fabric you intend to use, so the hang of the garment isn’t inaccurately represented.

Designers use the fit sample to test their design’s concept. It allows them to get the fabrication and fit closer to what they intended it to be.


In order to get your sample approved, you’ll need one that reflects what your factory manufactured bulk orders look like. That’s your pre-production sample.  

It allows the producer to assess the cost-effectiveness and consistency of your design, so they can determine whether it can be replicated for production. You’ll need this in order to devise a budget.  


Once the pre-production stage of your design is handled, you’ll head to the showroom (for the sales sample). This is where duplicates of your design will be manufactured; they’ll be sent out to marketing channels and potential buyers.

This means fashion retailers, editors, sales agents and more. Apart from a few tweaks here and there, this sample accurately represents what customers can expect to receive.


The purpose of the sizing sample is to check whether your garment can be produced for all intended sizes.

It includes every aspect of your design but is scaled to larger and smaller sizes while keeping consistency in mind.


Once sizing and production are dealt with, your design will be ready for shipping. This sample will be the final product that reflects details such as tagging, folding, bagging, labeling and final packaging.

Having an industry professional to guide you through the sample-making process will help you save time, money and effort. In addition to being a  clothing manufacturer that’s partnered with various designers, retailers and fashion brands.