History of Production
In the past, before the industrial revolution in the 18th-19th Century, garments that were stitched by hand in the most luxurious fabrics were considered of high quality. However during the industrial revolution the garment industry grew from simple tailors into mass production factories producing readymade products that is still used today with the assistance of CAD/CAM, enabling designers, pattern makers, markers and graders work more efficiently and effectively.
New technologies and garment processes allow brands/retailers to develop good quality standards during the production of garments, which is a very important feature to gain an advantage over competitors and fulfil the needs on customers who also expect a decent standard of quality from fashion products.
Due to customer expectations of products, fabric and production methods are no longer the only standard that needs to be considered, its functionality, durability and other properties must be thought of during the production process. As a result manufacturing standards have been developed to ensure garments achieve the desired level for customers to satisfy their needs and gain a reputation of provide an excellent standard of product quality.
A guideline of general manufacturing standards has been included to demonstrate how good quality is achieved during the production of garments. It focuses on various standards; from fabric, needle, and thread considerations to hems, darts and pockets. It will provide an insight into how each section and detail of a garment is thought out and precisely created and designed to reach an acceptable standard.