A pair of jeans is a standard clothing item for both men and women. Everyone owns at least a pair of these pants inside his or her closet even if he or she is not the type who normally wears such a casual clothing item. A pair of jeans is a must-have clothing product given its versatility which means it can be used for semi-formal events, casual gatherings and even on regular days.
Purchasing a pair of jeans from department stores, online or at shopping malls can be a disappointing experience though. Most of the models are the same and they often don’t have a good fit. However, there are people out there who know how to improve this item and decide to make their own version. In this article, we will discuss the product development process on how to make custom jeans for starting your brand and the complications that go along with it. Also Levis Strauss believes that jeans will be become more custom in the future.
Production Process of How to Make Custom Jeans
As a clothing brand wanting to know how to make custom jeans for consumers, you certainly already know that there are tons of custom jeans types available out there for you to improve upon. However, it is a bad idea to cover all these different types from the start as it might confuse your customers and drain your resources. Once you consider gender variations, the options even become more varied since there are different kinds of jeans specifically made for men or women. The best approach for newcomers is to focus on one specific type of jeans style and design to start with. Find and pick your niche early!
Once you can think of a specific type for your custom jeans, you can now focus on the design and cut you have in mind. Simply focus on its functionality and aesthetics so that you no longer have to overthink complex designs and innovative styles to suit your product. The only thing you have to think of is having a trademark design which can easily be associated with your brand and that could become a standard for your future jeans project. Tap on your creative juices to come up with a style or design distinguishing your custom jeans.
The next phase requires the collaboration with a professional graphic designer to draw your custom jeans and have it prepared as a digital design file (or do it yourself of course if you have these specific skills). Ask your graphic designer to draw the design in multiple perspectives such as front, rear and side view to give a full visual representation of your custom jeans. Additional details such as specifications and trims can now be added to the illustrations and this file can be considered as your first draft for the product’s tech pack. When all the details are ready and you checked with tech pack companies, you can proceed to the sampling process.
You need to make sure you are working with a clothing manufacturer staffed with experienced tailors and seamstresses regarded as experts when sewing custom made jeans. They also have to be versatile enough to adapt to the style and preferences you want for your custom jeans. As experts, they are knowledgeable and have the experience to analyze your tech pack without much intervention and advice coming from your end. However, keep in mind resampling is sometimes inevitable and you must prepare extra funds when this happens.
Basic Parts to Determine for Your Custom Jeans
Traditional jeans are made up of several parts wherein each part has its function and is crucial to the overall design of the product. Not all of these parts will be present in every jeans mainly due to specifications. Here is a short list of parts commonly present in jeans:
- Waist band – the band wrapping around the waistline of the jeans and is the basis for the waistline size as described in the tech pack.
- Pockets – usually placed on both sides of the waist and buttocks area. Some designs choose to place them in other areas as well such as sides of the leg or knees.
- Belt loops – these loops are scattered and attached around the waist band of the jeans and act as loops where the belt is inserted and will hold it in place.
- Zippers – placed on the crotch area to close the fly and encloses the front area of the jeans.
- Buttons – add-ons which can also be used to close the fly of the jeans much like a zipper or simply placed for aesthetics or by design.
- Seams – the parts of the jeans where the fabrics are sewn altogether to form the pair of jeans.
There are other parts to traditional jeans and the ones mentioned above are arguably the most common ones found to regular jeans designs. The jeans manufacturer puts focus on these parts and makes sure they are functional or well-placed the same way it has been pointed out in the tech pack. Any form of failure out of these parts will right away reflect to the overall design. All of these parts complement each other and work altogether for the full functionality of custom jeans. Make sure that you outline and define them neatly for your individual product design. Also consider environmentally friendly and sustainable options for your jeans brand since the footprint of a single pair of jeans can be quite high as outlined here by Newsweek.