Organizing a spec sheet?

I’m not quite certain how to phrase this question someone posed so bear with me.

My friend is somewhat annoyed by the way spec sheets are organized. She thinks that forms should have the key attributes listed at the very top to save one the bother of scanning the list repeatedly (here is a sample). You know, a pant would have waist, hip and inseam listed at the top of the page -in addition to being listed along with all the other attributes in the chart.

I had two thoughts when she asked me. First was “doh!”, because that would make my life simpler and save time, but two, it would mean creating a separate template for each garment or product type.

So the question is, how do you organize a spec sheet? Do you worry more about getting the right information plugged into the slots of  whatever form is provided (or that the customer even has or wants one)? Or do you go above and beyond that to redesign the form (which presumes you have the say so to do something like that)?

For my part, I think I would be satisfied if there was some consistency in how the forms were used. Recently I worked with a TD who didn’t mark off points of measure on the flat and it seemed bizarre; I couldn’t figure out why she did it like that. Then I looked at the book she was using as her point of reference and realized it wasn’t done (for the most part) in that book either. Very strange -another gap of textbooks versus real life. It doesn’t bother me that people use different codes (some numbered sequentially, some letters) but I do think there should be consistency. Just my opinion but I’m interested in whatever you say. Thanks!

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13 Comments on "Organizing a spec sheet?"

3 years 2 months ago

I am struggling to find somebody to help me create specification sheets for my women’s formal, evening-wear clothing line. Can someone please help out and give me some names of companies etc.?

3 years 4 months ago

I create POM images and POM code systems as freelance work in my “spare” time. Most companies ask for me to do them front of garment from top to bottom then side to side and repeat on the back.

3 years 4 months ago

My day job is as a Technical Designer at a large corporation. I love the way they have it set up here. Each POM is assigned a number, and then you list them in sequence on the Tech Pack. This helps me greatly as I’m able to spot the number easily, and there is a code list of all the POM’s.
Each place I have worked at is different for set up, but this by far has been the easiest to get acquainted with. I doubt ever that there will be a universal code for it all, unless there were ISO codes set up against certain POM’s. (Wait are there?)

3 years 4 months ago


You bring up something CRUCIAL to the long list of problems we have encountered with many companies…
They simply DON’T HAVE PATTERNS to compare against, and therefore have no way of pinpointing the cause of such discrepancies

As you rightly point out, even when comparing pattern against garment you’ll find that (particularly with stretch fabrics) it is impossible to have the garment match the pattern perfectly

3 years 4 months ago

I didn’t read every single thread but I add the “pattern” specs to the cutter’s must then if a spec sheet for production is needed I make a spec page for “garment” specs since often they are not the same.