PRODUCTION AND SOURCING
Start dates: January 13, may 11, September 8
This integrated hands-on course will introduce you to the business of product development and apparel manufacturing. Top industry professionals will teach you how to bring your product from concept to completion. You will learn the start-up of product development, including understanding textile science, how to build prototypes, and how to identify basic garment construction techniques. You will prepare industry-standard technical specification packages and learn how to source material and labour, local and abroad. Costing structures and production planning are emphasized. In a global economy, production of a product line must be executed with business profit in mind. Learn the skills to navigate the complex business of product development and production to further develop your business reach or improve your existing small business profile.
PROGRAM DURATION: 14 WEEKS X 20 HOURS A WEEK
LECTURE: 8 HOURS A WEEK
LAB: 12 HOURS A WEEK
Introduction to the various roles in the fashion industry.
Understand how all roles work together in bringing products to market.
BUILDING A TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION PACKAGE
Introduction to building a spec sheet.
Use of software to produce industry-standard technical documents.
Understand how to prepare technical specification packages.
• Overview / review of different seam constructions.
• Identify construction details in a spec sheet.
• Overview of trim items often found in apparel products.
• BOM (Bill of Materials) are defined.
• Build a BOM, estimating yields, minimum orders, etc.
• Understand and prepare a production plan / calendar.
• Identify fabric and trim lead times with suppliers.
• Understand lab dips; color matching, and DTM (Dye to Match) trims.
• Textile fibers, yarn classification and numbering, texturing, spun yarn manufacturing and yarn testing.
• Knitting and weaving fundamentals, and nonwovens.
• Fabric preparation and fabric finishing.
• Color – dyestuffs, pigments, digital and traditional printing methods.
•Get to know where to source fabric.
• Learn how to problem solving in manufacturing.
• Be able to identify effective methods for tracking changes.
• Producing a run – either sample or production, and what are the differences.
• QC – working with production to identify and uphold quality standards.
• Confirm and release approved tech packs.
• Using tech packs, produce three samples at domestic factory
• Understand the role of sourcing and determine best methods of use.
• Learn about the pros and cons of factory allocation.
• Learn how to confirm material sourcing.
• Understand flowchart that runs between PD, Sourcing Managers and Design
• Using learned techniques, locate one overseas apparel manufacturer to produce a total of three samples, using tech packs created.
PRODUCTION & PLANNING
• Understand basic factory flow.
• Understand and prepare costing, estimating yields.
• Produce a production plan using strict timelines.
• Understand the role of finance.
• Final project: Total of 4 manufactured garments; two garments domestically and 2 garments internationally.
• Students will present their final presentation to peers, the Dean of The Cut Fashion Design Academy and the course instructor.
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Meet your Instructors
Julie Berg brings 25 years of forward-thinking fashion design and energy-fuelled marketing talent to the table. A product development specialist for both retail and private labels, she’s crafted contemporary designer sportswear and accessories collections for small-sized independent retailers and big brands alike.
After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Design and Technology in 2010, Elizabeth landed a Design position at a small local company called International Fashions Ltd. She designed numerous collections and travelled the world’s largest fashion districts. After gaining hands-on industry skills Elizabeth joined Lululemon Athletica, the billion-dollar yoga and leisure apparel retailer. She got to work with many other KPU alumni at Lululemon, creating beautiful functional products for their guests.
TURNING YOUR EDUCATION INTO A CAREER
APPLICATION FEE (ALL STUDENTS): $50
ASSESSMENT FEE (ALL STUDENTS): $100
(Does not include books and materials, check program outline for details)
This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training
The Cut Fashion Design Academy is designated with PTIB