Why do We Ask for REFERENCE SAMPLES?
Traditionally, designers have been told by manufacturers that they need final designs to move forward with their plans, but that’s no longer true.
Below, you’ll watch Sandy take the specs of a reference sample for a client to begin development of their unique pattern design.
Consultative manufacturers like Indie Source can work with you on development to put together tech packs based on rough designs or reference samples. In fact, we’re big advocates that drawings are actually of little to no value when it comes to the crucial details of putting together samples. Reference samples are much more helpful – and easier for you to obtain.
WHAT ARE REFERENCE SAMPLES?
- Base sample sizes – what a small or size 2 will or can look like. (Remember sizing is subjective and a Large in one brand could be your brands Medium.)
- Sample fits – how your first sample will fit
- Fabrics and trims – target materials for sourcing
Don’t be afraid to get out there and find the clothes that closely reflect your original vision and will help you communicate the details of your collection to a consultative manufacturer like Indie Source.