What is a Garment Spec Sheet?

Garment Spec sheet

A document that contains a sketch of the garment design and garment construction details is called a specification sheet or spec sheet or simply garment spec. 

A designer makes the spec sheet to communicate design detailing and how the garment to be constructed. A spec sheet includes measurements of the point of measure (POM) of the apparel product/design.

Sketch of a shirt

A garment spec sheet includes the following things
  • The Garment sketch – the design sketch can be made by hand or a template can be used. 
  • Measurement sheet for garment sizes - all sizes to be made for design. Measurements are graded for different sizes.
  • Remarks and comments - designer marks special notes on the spec sheet to communicate additional things 
  • Instruction for workmanship 
  • Stitching details with SPI and needle size to be used
  • Stitch classes and seam types to be used for different seams

More about garment specification sheet:

A spec sheet is an important tool for a designer. Spec sheets are developed in the computer by using a spec sheet template or techpack developing software. Garment manufacturers normally receive spec sheets from buyers in soft copy (pdf format).

Sometimes spec sheet is corrected after sample development and checking the sample fitting on the live model or on the dress form. A spec sheet is a guideline for sample makers and design concepts in a paper by the product designer. Spec sheet is part of apparel techpack.

Also see: Standard Measuring Positions for Apparel Products and Measurements Inspection Procedure

Prasanta Sarkar

Prasanta Sarkar is a textile engineer and a postgraduate in fashion technology from NIFT, New Delhi, India. He has authored 6 books in the field of garment manufacturing technology, garment business setup, and industrial engineering. He loves writing how-to guide articles in the fashion industry niche. He has been working in the apparel manufacturing industry since 2006. He has visited garment factories in many countries and implemented process improvement projects in numerous garment units in different continents including Asia, Europe, and South Africa. He is the founder and editor of the Online Clothing Study Blog.

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