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The cover sheet is an overview to a new style. It is the first piece of information the factory receives at the beginning of the developing process.

What is the Cover Sheet of a Tech Pack

The first impression matters.
The way we present a new style is as important as the type of information that the tech pack includes. Therefore, we need to explain the garment (or product) clearly and well organized.

What Is a Cover Sheet?

The cover sheet is an overview to a new style.
It is the first piece of information the factory receives at the beginning of the developing process.

Purpose

It is used as a product presentation, and it is the 1st page of the tech pack.
But we also use it to ask for quotations and to propose a collection within the company (generally, the design department presents the new styles to the marketing, commercial, and executive departments).

Info

It has the general and most basic information about the garment.
Imagine that someone shows you a new style and you have to quote it: what information do you need?:

  • header (read article here)
  • garment drawing: front and back (it doesn’t necessary need to be a flat sketch on the cover, but it’s highly recommended)
  • fabric quality (in case it has more than one fabric, specify at least the main fabric)
  • description of key details
  • general measurements (total length and/or width)
  • type and quantity of trimmings

Optional:

  • reference photo of the fit and relevant details (recommended)
  • colorways

Note: consider if you need to extend the information on the header for this sheet (only add relevant data regarding the purpose of this page).

Who Makes It

The cover sheet is made by the designer when creating a new model.
If you have doubts about technical issues such as construction details, ask your product developer.

The 2 Most Common Mistakes

1. Redundancy
Avoid being redundant. Do not write with text what you can show with images.

2. Sketches
Make sure that the drawing of the garment is as representative as possible. For example, draw the stitches correctly and clarify the trimmings (quality and/or quantity).

Summarizing

  1. the cover sheet is an overview to a new style
  2. it is the 1st page of the tech pack, but we also use it to ask for quotations and to show new collections
  3. it contains essential information about the product

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Belu Chi

Belu Chi

Technical Designer at ABC Seams®
Expert in apparel development and technical communication. Former Product Developer at Burberry.

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