Once you are happy with your final samples, all of your patterns are checked and sealed. Your patterns are then graded on to card ready for production. Clothing production is the next step, this is where we mass make your styles in various colour ways and sizes.
Clothing productions lead times vary, it depends on a few factors such as:
how many styles you would like to put into production
how busy we are - how many other clients have productions in the queue
if you have all of your fabrics and trims ready
complexity of the styles, please note jersey garments typically take less to make. Woven garments take longer to make if they have zips or buttons etc.
We manufacture all of our garments in our London factory. We do not manufacture ANY of our garments abroad.
At production there are two main routes to choose from. If you would like for us to just make the garments from the fabrics you provide/ we provide. Then CMT (Cut, Make, Trim) is the best option for you to choose. However if you would like us to source all of the fabrics and trims for the garments then we suggest going through the FPP ( Full Production Package) route. There are different benefits in each option, if you are unsure which option to pick, we can definitely help you decide and go through what we think is suitable for your brand and the garments you would like to mass produce.
In our factory we have the following machinery to manufacture your garments:
Straight stitch automatic machines
Industrial three thread overlocker
Industrial four thread overlocker
Zig zag machine
Four thread Flat lock machine
What is CMT?
CMT is the route where we CUT the fabric out for you using the graded patterns provided. We MAKE the styles using the fabric and trims provided, at production we manufacture the garments in stages. This is where the machinists will do one seam at a time on the garments. Once the garments are finished, this is the stage where the loose threads on the garments are TRIMMED.
In order for us to do CMT productions we will need the graded patterns, finished samples, fabrics and trims. When manufacturing more technical garments a tech pack is always helpful to us and our team.
THE STAGES OF CMT:
STAGE ONE: CUT
The first step will be laying the fabrics layer by layer on the cutting table. The amount of layers is dependant on the number of garments per style. Once all of the layers have are on the table, the pattern pieces are then placed on top following the grain line marked on the pattern. The fabric cutter will read all relevant information on the pattern. The fabric cutter places the patterns on the fabric in the most economic way possible to save fabric. If you provide us with a lay plan we will follow your lay plan. They will notch the patterns following any notches marked on the pattern and drill hole any holes existing on the patterns. All of the notches and drill markings will help the machinists to sew the garments efficiently.
STAGE TWO: MAKE
Once the fabric has been cut out it is then given to the machinists to start sewing. Each seam on the garment is done in stages to speed up the manufacturing process. Making each garment individually is not efficient and will take longer. Your brand labels, care labels are inserted to the seams at this stage.
STAGE THREE: TRIM
Once the garments are constructed and finished. The final stage is trimming any loose threads and checking through the garments before they are packaged ready for customer collection. This is also the stage where any swing tags can be installed on the garments.
THE BENEFITS OF CMT PRODUCTIONS:
CMT is a preferred option for brands that are producing smaller units per style. When using CMT, it is important to understand what is included and what isn't. At CMT we do not provided any trims and fabric in the price per unit. We can still supply fabric and trims but you will need to pay for them separately. We charge an additional cost of installing any swing tags, packaging etc.
WHAT IS FPP?
FPP production means we will supply all fabrics and trims for you as well as manufacture the styles for you. If you would like any packaging or swing tags installed in this package, we will included this in the unit price.
At FPP we will source the fabric for you. We have a wide range of fabrics in our London studio which you can choose from. However if you require any specialised fabrics or if we do not have a sample of the fabric you would like in house we can source fabric swatches for you. We can source various fabrics in different colours and textures. If you have any special requirements such as sustainability fabrics that you would like used. We do have fabric swatches of these to show you. We can source sustainable fabrics like Lyocell or organic fabrics that are milled in the UK. Our fabric suppliers can also dye the fabrics to your chosen pantone colour if you would like to select a specific colour. We will help you choose which fabrics is the most suitable for each style and to suit your budget. However it is important to know that some fabric suppliers do have MOQ's which is 1 roll per colour. So it is important to bare this in mind when selecting colour ways for your styles.
THE BENEFITS OF FPP MANUFACTURING:
Choosing FPP can be beneficial to new brands as we can usually source fabrics at cheaper prices as we will be purchasing in bulk. At other manufacturers choosing FPP can mean you do not pick what your brand label or care labels will look like. However at Clothing Manufacturers UK, we want our customers involved at this stage, so that we make fully customised garments from start to finish.
WHAT IS THE BEST OPTION FOR YOUR BRAND - CMT OR FPP?
We can help you with decision, we will go over what is the most suitable for your brand and the type of garments you are creating. It is also dependant on the type of fabrics you would like and where we source the fabrics.