You now have the option of not having to settle with generic designs and products available out there in retail stores and shopping malls by taking advantage of custom made products particularly in clothing. Whether shirts, pants, underwear or any type of clothing, they can be customized according to your sizing, designs and preferences. One of the most common clothing item being customized out there is a classic: the sweater. In this article, let us get to know how to make custom sweaters. Some successful brands just started out with this simple item.
Choosing the Fabric for How to Make a Custom Sweater
When making custom sweaters, you initial concern should be the thickness of the material for your sweater, whether it can provide you with warmth for snowy winters or simply provide comfort during cold summer nights. In order to address this issue, your choice of fabric is crucial to your custom sweater. There are a lot of fabrics you can choose from for sweaters. Make sure you pick a fabric which is perfect according to the function your custom sweater is trying to achieve. Aside from the warmth factor of the fabric, you must also consider fabric weight as consumers want or avoid using heavy sweaters (again, depending on the purpose). Also decide on the fibre composition. Pure cotton sweaters are the most common option, but adding some nylon improves the stretching and polyester lets it dry easier. For sports sweaters, more synthetic fibres or blends with cotton are usually a good choice.
Piecing Up the Sweater Parts
Once you have chosen the fabric which you will use for your custom sweater project, you can now start with planning the its manufacturing process. A sweater is basically a combination of several fabric parts being sewn together to form the clothing item. The sweater parts are the arm pieces, body, wristbands, waistband and a hood (in case you are planning to make it a hoodie sweater). These parts are easy to trace when looking at a standard sweater as you can see the thread lines where these pieces were sewn together.
Sewing together these sweater parts is a tough task for beginners most especially if you are not familiar with sewing. However, it is one of the easiest items to make for clothing manufacturers. It is advisable to ask the help of a factory staffed with professional tailors and seamstresses who can do the task for you in exchange of a small service fee. These professional manufacturers can also provide insights and advice on your custom sweater project which you may overlook as a newcomer to the industry. The service fee you are going to pay them actually serves more than its main purpose.
Once the sweater parts are sewn together, you are now in the next phase of product development. Depending if you are only releasing a blank sweater model then you are good to go. However, that is not advisable in the competitive world of clothing retail. You should add trims details and trims to your custom sweater. Besides, it cannot be called a customized wear if there are no intricacies to it. The most common trims for sweaters are zippers and pockets.
When it comes to the sweater design, you can play around with your creativity and experiment around the sweater concept. The only thing you have to keep in mind is to make sure your design for manufacturing does not interfere with the sweater’s functionality or disrupt the comfort it can provide. Otherwise, your design is discouraged if it fails to comply the mentioned rules. You can also implement prints and embroideries to add to your custom sweater and these alone can already change the entire look of the product.
Other Aspects to Consider for Making Sweaters
There are other aspects of manufacturing to consider when making custom sweaters. These are prerequisites you have to comply before you are able to sell your custom sweater product out there in the market. Some of these prerequisites must have already been considered during the product development process such as proper labeling for products. Product labels and care label are required to be present in all clothing products. It is up to you where to place them on the product but it is standard and must provide specific product information and proper care instructions.
Another aspect you must consider as a custom product manufacturer are certification requirements. There are laws governing marketed products and good being made available for the general public. You need to comply to these laws before you are able to sell your product legally whichever country you are in. These laws and policies may vary depending on the state or country you are in but the requirements are not hard to comply as long as you are confident your product is safe to use and does not interfere with any intellectual property rights. Clothing certifications are usually not strict in Western countries and are mostly related to the fabric composition and labeling.
The simple processes mentioned above are the processes you need to follow on how to make a custom sweater. This is the simplest and most basic approach out there considering you are still new to the clothing manufacturing business. However, you can become more adept to the processes and follow a more streamlined approach later on with the help and assistance of your clothing factory. Expect to use tech packs for your products in the future which we will discuss on a different article. You can also simply create one cut and choose one material, making different designs by simply placing different logos and prints.