Technical & Commercial Development
EAM partners with renowned technical designers to offer strategic creative development to clients across North America. Our team of experts are prepared to develop a product stateside which can easily be transitioned into production at EAM Texas and any other manufacturer worldwide. We not only provide full development in-house, but we also hold your hand through each step of the developmen process.
The garment development process includes tech pack creation, sourcing, patterning, sampling, and CAD grading.
Create your own
designs from scratch
First Pattern & Sample:
Lead time: 2-3 weeks*
Sourcing: Available as requested
Pattern and sample fees are dependent on intricacy of style
EAM works with with beginner, non-designers as well as experienced fashion houses, extending an open invitation to both. Whether you choose to submit images/screenshots along with modification instructions, or comprehensive tech packs, we are here to provide expert guidance and steer you in the correct direction.
An apparel technical pack, often referred to simply as a "tech pack," is a comprehensive document used in the fashion and apparel industry to communicate all the necessary information required to manufacture a garment or clothing product. It serves as a bridge between the designer's creative vision and the manufacturer's practical execution. The technical pack contains detailed information about the design, construction, materials, measurements, and other specifications necessary to produce the garment accurately and consistently.
An apparel technical pack is an indispensable tool in the fashion industry, facilitating effective communication between designers and manufacturers, enhancing product quality, and contributing to the overall success of the garment production process.
While EAM does not require a tech pack for development, we are happy to assist in the creation of your TP so that your garments can be produced worldwide.
Apparel sourcing refers to the process of identifying, selecting, and procuring the materials, components, and finished garments needed for the production of clothing and other textile products. This process involves finding the right suppliers, negotiating terms, and managing the supply chain to ensure that thematerials and products are delivered on time and meet the required quality standards.
Since 2011, EAM has cultivated relationships with reputable vendors domestically and internationally
Apparel patterns are templates or guides used in the fashion and garment industry to create the shapes and sizes of various clothing items. These patterns are the basis for constructing garments, and they ensure that the clothing pieces are cut and sewn accurately to achieve the desired fit and style.
Apparel patterns serve as blueprints for creating garments in a repeatable and consistent manner.
Patterns begin with the design concept of a garment. This includes the style, silhouette, and design details like collars, sleeves, pockets, and more. Measurements for different body parts are crucial to ensuring that the pattern fits well on various body types.
At EAM, patterns are made by hand initially, as we have found hand patterns to be more efficient in development. They consist of pieces that correspond to different parts of the garment, such as front and back panels, sleeves, collars, cuffs, etc. Each piece is traced or created based on specific measurements and design considerations.
Once the pattern is prepared, fabric is laid out according to the pattern's specifications, and the pattern pieces are then placed on the fabric and traced. After cutting, the pieces are sewn together following the instructions provided by the pattern. This results in a garment that replicates the designer's vision.
The prototype helps identify any fit issues, design flaws, or adjustments required to achieve the desired fit and appearance. Adjustments, if needed, are then made to the initial pattern based on the fitting process.
Once a garment sample is approved, it serves as a reference for the production team to replicate the design on a larger scale. Any changes or refinements made to the sample are incorporated into the production process to ensure consistency in the final batch of garments.
Digitizing & Grading
Upon sample approval, the initial pattern is then digitized and graded.
Digitizing a pattern refers to the process of converting a physical or analog pattern into a digital format.
This is commonly done in various industries such as fashion, textiles, manufacturing, and design. The purpose of digitizing a pattern is to create a digital representation that can be easily manipulated, stored, and transferred using apparel CAD software. Once your pattern has been digitized at EAM, your proprietary pattern file can be shared with any industry professional.
Grading involves creating patterns for multiple sizes of the same design. Patterns are scaled up or down to accommodate various body measurements. This process ensures that the garment looks consistent across different sizes while maintaining the original design's proportions. We grade according to U.S. standard sizing charts and can accommodate any individualized sizing, if requested.