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Merchandisers Guide to Reviewing Garment Sample

guide to reviewing garment sample

For apparel export orders, buyers typically send reference samples to suppliers, including technical specifications and notes on key points. It is designed to help suppliers prepare appropriate material requirements, understand buyers’ quality requirements, and make appropriate production plans.

Why review garment samples?

Traders and production workers are often in a hurry and forget to check samples properly. As a result, we face many problems during the sampling stage and manufacturing process. It also fails to meet the buyer’s quality standards. In order to get the raw material planning, garment construction and style details right the first time, it is very important for the supplier to consider the pattern before starting the order process. Checking samples with a detailed checklist can help reduce sample rejections during the approval stage. You can more accurately cost and prepare garments for production.

Types of merchandising samples

Once the sample is approved by the buyer, the sample should be checked by industrial engineers, quality team and production team before starting production to avoid any silly mistakes.


Checklist for reviewing garment sample

  1. Review fabric details, accessories, styling, and garment construction.
  2. Check garment details for process requirements. Whether printing or embroidery is required. Before sewing or after sewing, as desired. When cutting, consider whether block cutting is necessary.
  3. Scan the datasheet, compare/match against templates, and query for measurement points. Note that buyers vary in how they measure certain specifications and should be aware of established standards.
  4. Washing Instructions
  5. Identify and List Garment Components or Parts
  6. List Main Materials, Embellishments, and Accessories Used
  7. Sewing Thread Specifications (thickness and variations).
  8. Turn the clothes down and identify the movement sequence. Note whether multiple operations can be started at the same time.
  9. In your work process, also pay attention to the type of seam, stitch class, and accordingly consider machine type guides or attachments that are suitable for your work process.
  10. Make a note of sewing operations that you find difficult and may need attention to achieve a high quality seam.
  11. Find out what seam allowances you need or might need for different sewing methods.
  12. Identify the finishing process and note the specifications.


If you have any questions, write them down and ask the buyer. Don’t assume anything yourself. Always keep written records of approvals and requirements.

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