How To Check A Garment’s Quality

November 12, 2018

Designers go to great lengths to procure just the right fabric that will bring their design vision to life. They consider the most intricate of details—the thickness of the material, its fall, the color, weave, dimensions and fabric quality.

Missing out on essential fabric detail can directly impact the sales of your fashion line.

When ordering fabric, specify your requirement and make sure you invest in quality control extensively.

Measure dimension

Your end-product, shirt, jacket, or gown, needs to fit your consumer. Ill-fitted garments contribute to shabby appearance and encourage your clients to find another brand. Moreover, loose fitting garments use extra fabric and increase your production cost. Nice and tailored fitting is one of the primary requirements of any quality garment. Always look out for dimension discrepancies.

Functional zippers, closures, and other accessories

Stylish accessories, buttons and zippers are often included in fabric design. Broken or damaged zippers or closures make a nicely-designed clothing article unwearable and, without a doubt, unsellable.

Consumers often struggle with broken zippers and find repairs to be a nuisance. Inspect the quality of all accessories.

Professionals usually conduct pull-tests, fatigue-tests and stretch-tests to determine durability of buttons, zippers, elastic bands, and closures.

Verify labeling details

Proper labeling is essential to ensure that all legal requirements have been met. This is done to inform consumers about the nature of the product. Your labels should include the fiber content of the garment, country of origin, brand identity, and care instructions.

Fabric quality

Fabric quality is one of the most important factors in the sale of your clothing line. Customers can gauge fabric quality just by feeling the garment. Before starting batch manufacturing, test the quality of fabric thoroughly.  

Report defects

Some defects are hard to find, whereas others make a product unusable. You need to identify and classify defects found in garments. Generally, there are three major defect categories—minor, major and critical.

The selling price and treatment of these garments will depend on the nature of the defect. Make sure the defects are clearly communicated to avoid product returns. 

Our vigilant fabric and design experts can help you every step of the way. Lefty Production Co.—a clothing production and apparel manufacturing company in Los Angeles—is your ultimate design, development and production solution.

We offer wide range of services including, sourcing and design development, pre-production, production and consulting services.

Beyond these, we also specialize in creating children’s wear, women’s wear, men’s wear, swimwear, active wear, maternity.

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