The first sample is like breathing life into your design.  It’s the first opportunity to see the garment come off the page and transform on a person.

Garment Samples occur in many stages
This includes:

– 1st proto
– Fit Sample
– Sales Samples
– Size Run
– Pre-production

Whether you use our patternmaking services or someone else’s, you’ll want to have a 1st proto made to test the garment pattern.  Depending on your design, we tend to do a rough proto first.  We’ll leave off pockets and any other “extras” allowing us to focus on the overall garment fit and construction. Sometimes protos are also made in a similar available fabric if your chosen fabric is very expensive or unavailable for a time.

Upon receiving the samples, you’ll address any fit issues, pocket placements, and location of unique design details.  Often times major design changes occur during this process.

Once the proto is approved, or approved with minor adjustments, you can move on to sales quality samples.  No matter where you sell your garments, you’ll want a quality sample before going to production. They can be used for wholesale presentations, online photos, and to test production quality. Actual fabric, trims, and finishing will be used to represent how your garment will look when produced.


Contact JLD-Studios today to set up your Free Initial Consultation and find out how we can help bring your brand to market.