When it comes to sampling cost-effective methods are necessary as apparel manufacturing and selling involves different kinds of sampling. You should have clarity on the sample development process and also should be able to make it more realistic. Apart from the different types of sampling you also need to know the strategies involved in the whole process. Check the below listed strategies:-

  • Approach with a sketch which is commercially suitable style
  • A technical flat sketch for approval is must
  • Creating a viable base pattern
  • Mock sample for fitting sessions which is needed for gap analysis
  • Tech pack review
  • Final sample based on feedback
  • Actual production cost

Are you looking for more clarity on the same strategies and probably more confused? Here is detailed information on the steps involved with sample development.


A prototype being the first sample, it is sewn in an inexpensive fabric, but it serves the need for visualizing three dimensional forms. For bigger brands it is also known as muslin.


2. Sample for fitting

The sample for pattern making which is created especially for checking the desired fit is fulfilled in this stage.

3. Sew-by (Pre-production sample)

This sample is used by factories with all the technical information required to get a particular style and pattern. Factories need these samples for estimating the total production cost. Once the sample goes through this stage, then the finalized prototype is considered as the sew-by sample.

4. Sample for sales

This sample is important, because it is sewn by the factory to match the estimated production cost. The same sample can be used for presentations in order to market the product.

5. Replace Look-book with photo samples

Nothing works like a visual display, as it is more convincing than any other method. If you are not planning to include a model, then you should consider having small size photo samples that can show a clear image of the product.

6. Variety in size

Full size samples are prepared in each size are helpful in grading the style and fit. This also saves the costs of sewing, fabric and trimming to make every size.


7. Final sample for production

This can get expensive as it is the final stage and the first production order. Although, there are different ways to lower the production cost like, keeping your one or two garments for every variation is enough. You can increase this number for a large batch of orders.


You will surely require multiple samples and there is no shortcut for this process. The main reason for this is, at every level people need sample for different purposes. For instance, the pattern maker will need sample to do revisions on pattern, the manufacturer will always need samples to take decisions on price and apart from all this, and you also need to impress your buyer. So, game up with more efforts and you are on your way to success.

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