In the world of fashion, there is no shortage of choices when it comes to how your clothing is made. As a custom apparel brand, you can choose from a variety of methods to create your garments, each with its own set of benefits and drawbacks. One of the most popular methods for creating high-quality custom apparel is known as “cut and sew.”
Cookie-cutter custom apparel doesn’t exist in the cut and sew world. That’s the beauty of it. When you opt for cut and sew clothing manufacturing, you’re choosing an uber-customized solution for your garments.
So, what is cut and sew clothing?
Cut and sew garments are created by cutting individual pieces of fabric and then sewing them together to create the finished product. Each piece of fabric can be cut to specific dimensions and then sewn together in a unique way.
The cut and sew process also allows for a greater degree of precision. Each piece of fabric is cut to size before it is sewn, which means that there is no excess material that needs to be trimmed away after the garment is complete.
Important facts about cut and sew manufacturing
- Cut and sew is the best way to ensure your garment is 100% unique.
- Cut and sew requires higher minimums than most other services.
- Cut and sew turnaround times are slower (but the results are worth the wait!)
There are many benefits to having your clothing made using the cut and sew method. Here are just a few of them:
With cut and sew, your garment will look perfect.
All over printing can result in inconsistencies, especially in the neck, seam, and collar areas. But with cut and sew manufacturing, each piece is cut to size before printing, ensuring that your design will look amazing from every angle.
Cut and sew clothing is highly customizable, so you can create unique looks that reflect your brand’s identity.
With cut and sew clothing, you can choose the exact fabrics, colors, and patterns that you want to use. This allows you to create a unique look for your brand that is different from anything else on the market.
Examples of cut and sew customization options:
- Varying panel sizes and shapes
- Different sleeve styles
- Adding pockets, zippers, or other embellishments
The cut and sew process allows for more complex designs that cannot be created using other methods of garment construction.
Because the individual pieces of fabric can be cut into anything you want, you can create complex designs that would not be possible with other types of clothing. This type of manufacturing process gives you the freedom to experiment with different looks and styles.
Cut and sew garments are often more comfortable to wear.
Cut and sew clothing is not as constrictive as some other types of clothing because it is not made to fit a standard size. Therefore, your clothing will be more comfortable to wear. It will not be binding or too tight in any areas.
Cut and sew clothing is made to last.
Because cut and sew garments are more durable, you can expect to get years of use out of them. This type of clothing is an investment that will last you forever… and maybe even longer.
You can charge more for cut and sew apparel.
Because of the high level of customization and the attention to detail that goes into making each piece, you can charge more for cut and sew apparel. If you’re looking to grow your brand and increase your profits, you’ll likely want to come to the dark side (a.k.a. the cut and sew world) eventually.
Private labeling + cut and sew = a winning combination for your brand.
If you’re looking to create a truly unique and differentiated product, private label your cut and sew apparel. This will allow you to add your own branding, labels, and hangtags to the finished product. Your custom apparel will be uniquely yours.
How private labeling works
Our private labeling program is simple and straightforward. We will work with you to create a custom label that reflects your brand’s identity. Once your label is designed, we will print it on high-quality fabric and attach it to your garment. Your private label will be professionally sewn on, ensuring that it will last for years to come.
The benefits of private labeling
Private labeling allows you to create a truly unique product. When you add your own label to a garment, you are creating a product that is unlike any other on the market. This makes your brand more identifiable and memorable.
Private labeling also allows you to control the quality of your product. By working with a trusted partner like us, you can be sure that your product will be top of the line. We will work with you to ensure that your product meets your exact specifications.
When you add your own label to a garment, you are increasing the perceived value of your product. This allows you to charge more for your product and increase your profits. (That’s why cut and sew and private labeling are the dynamic duo. They will both help you increase your profit margins.)
Private labeling also allows you to build a stronger relationship with your customers. When you add your own label to a garment, you are giving your customers a product that they can identify with. This helps to build brand loyalty and encourage customers to shop with you again.
But wait… are there any reasons why you wouldn’t choose cut and sew?
Cut and sew manufacturing is not right for every brand. Here are a few reasons why you might choose another option:
If you’re looking for a quick turnaround, cut and sew may not be the best option.
The process of cutting and sewing each piece of fabric takes time. If you need your clothing fast, you might want to consider another printing technique.
If you’re working with a limited budget, cut and sew can be expensive.
Because of the high level of customization, you will need to order higher minimums. If cost is a concern, you may want to go with another type of garment construction.
It’s important to ensure you have enough demand to support your cut and sew investment.
Before you make the decision to produce your clothing using the cut and sew method, make sure you have enough demand to justify the cost. This type of manufacturing is best suited for brands that are positioned to grow and scale their business.
How to gauge the market to determine if cut and sew is right for you
If you’re not sure whether or not the cut and sew method is right for your brand, here are a few ways to survey your market:
1. Look at your competition.
If your competitors are selling cut and sew clothing, it’s a good sign that there is demand for this type of product.
2. Talk to your customers.
If you’re already selling clothing, ask your customers what they would like to see from your brand. Would they be interested in purchasing fully custom clothing just to have an item that is 100% unique?
3. Do some market research.
Talk to people in your target market and find out if they would be interested in purchasing cut and sew clothing (even though the price point would be higher).
With the wrong manufacturer, you could end up with a cut and sew disaster.
Make sure you work with an expert manufacturer to make your cut and sew dreams come true. Not all print shops are equipped to handle this type of work.
The risks of choosing the wrong cut and sew manufacturer
If you work with a cut and sew manufacturer that doesn’t know what they’re doing, you could end up with a product that is:
- Poorly made
- Not true to size
- Made with low-quality materials
- Late or delayed
- Over budget
How to find a reputable cut and sew manufacturer
If you’re looking for an outstanding cut and sew manufacturer, here are a few qualities to look for in a company:
1. A portfolio of incredible work
Make sure you choose a company that has experience in cut and sew manufacturing. Ask to see examples of their work and talk to some of their previous clients.
2. A wide range of services
Pick a company that offers a wide range of services, such as fabric sourcing. This will save you time and money in the long run.
3. A strong reputation
Check out online reviews and talk to people in your industry to see if they have any recommendations.
4. Competitive pricing
Get quotes from a few different companies, but never, ever, EVER sacrifice quality for price. (This is crucial, especially for cut and sew garments.)
5. A reasonable turnaround time
Cut and sew naturally has longer turnaround times than other techniques, but you don’t want to be waiting 3 years for your garments. Talk to potential manufacturers to find out what their turnaround times are.
Do your research and find a partner who has experience with cut and sew manufacturing. This will ensure that your garments are made to the highest standards and that you are happy with the final product.
Now that you know more about the benefits and drawbacks of cut and sew clothing, you can decide if it’s the right choice for your brand.
If you are looking for high-quality, long-lasting clothing that reflects your brand’s unique identity, then consider having your garments made using the cut and sew method. Your customers will be glad you did!
About Scrappy Apparel’s cut and sew program
We source luxury-level fabrics for our customers because we want you to fall in love with your garments. We work with a wide range of materials, including Peruvian Pima Cotton and ultra-soft polyester.
The printing method you choose will determine which fabric is best for your project. However, we will say that we have a stellar cut and sew sublimation program.
What is sublimation?
It’s a printing method that uses heat to transfer dye onto fabric. This results in vibrant, long-lasting colors that won’t fade.
How cut and sew sublimation works
Here is our process in a nutshell:
The first step is to send us your artwork. We will then create a pattern for your garments and cut the fabric. Next, we print your design onto the fabric using sublimation inks. After printing, we sew your garments and add your labels.
Finally, we deliver your folded, polybagged garments to your doorstep faster than you can say the word “polyester.”
It’s also worth mentioning that we offer a full-service cut and sew program. This means we will take your design from concept to completion. We will handle everything from sourcing the fabric to stitching the garments and adding your labels. All you need to do is send us your artwork in a vector format through our Get Your Quote process.
What are the benefits of working with Scrappy Apparel?
In addition to our cut and sew sublimation program, we offer a number of other services that will make your life easier. We source fabrics, develop garment patterns, and offer private labeling services as we mentioned. Here are a few more reasons to partner with us:
- We are a one-stop-shop for all your garment needs.
- We have years of experience in the industry and know how to get the job done right.
- We offer quick turnaround times and competitive pricing.
- We are passionate about what we do and take pride in producing high-quality garments for our customers.
- We are brand-building experts who can help you take your business to the next level.
Our cut and sew skills can’t be beaten.
At Scrappy Apparel, we specialize in cut and sew clothing manufacturing. We work with brands of all sizes to produce unique garments that are out of this world. We have a team of expert sewing professionals who are passionate about creating beautiful custom apparel.
If you’re ready to take your brand to the next level with custom cut and sew apparel, you know what to do: