In most cases fabric is one of the largest costs you will encounter in manufacturing. Fabric costs can take up around 25-40% of your total manufacturing costs. Clothier Design Source is here to get you the best fabric yield results. The following examples are just a few factors that can affect your fabric yield:
1.) Pattern- Most patterns can be efficiently placed into a cutting marker; however there are cases where some odd shaped pattern pieces can make your fabric yield worse.
The following is a marker for 3 halter tank tops (Figure1a.). In this case, to help our efficiency it is better to make the design choice to put a seam in the straps to help save on fabric costs. (figure 1b.)
Figure 1A – 54% Efficiency
Figure 1B – 77% Efficiency
2.) Fabric Width- Fabric yield can also be greatly effected by your cuttable fabric width. Cuttable fabric width is the width of your fabric minus the selvage edges which are uncuttable due to print margin, framing pin holes, etc.
See the difference in fabric efficiency for the following markers. Figure 2A uses a 45” cuttable width fabric and yields 89% efficiency. Figure 2B uses a 60” cuttable width fabric and yields 100% efficiency. In this case it would be best for the fabric costs to source a 60” cuttable width fabric.
Figure 2A – 45″ wide fabric
Figure 2B – 60″ wide fabric
3.) Marker Layout- Clothier Design Source uses our skilled marker makers to get you the best marker layout for your product. See Figures 3a & 3b to see the difference that a good layout can make.
Figure 3A – 75% Efficiency
Figure 3B – 80% Efficiency