If you're going through the sampling process with your factory, you'll need to know about a size breakdown sheet. In this post, we'll explain what it is and why you should request one.

To begin, let's define what a size set is.

What is a size set?

A garment size set is an essential component of the sampling process. It refers to the set of sizes for the design of your clothing item. When you order a size set, the factory will send you samples of your design in each size that you intend to manufacture. For example, if you intend to manufacture a garment in sizes S, M, L, and XL, the factory will send you four different samples for those sizes.

The garment size set will assist you in cross-referencing the measurements so that you can double-check the details during the sampling process and edit the tech pack if needed.

A size set is included in a tech pack in the form of a measurement table (also called a garment specification sheet). It is a technical document that contains sketches of the garment along with its measurements.

To create a size set, designers add measurements of the sample size (for example, size M). Based on the sample size and with the help of grading rules, designers calculate the other sizes (for example, sizes S and L).

Garment measurement table
Garment measurement table

Once all sizes are calculated, we have a size set of S through L for a fitted jacket.

What is a size breakdown sheet?

Most measurement specification sheets only include one sample size; however, what if you need to request multiple sample sizes from your factory? In this case, you create a size breakdown sheet.

Size breakdown sheets are an excellent resource for fashion brands that produce multiple-size sets. Take, for example, children's clothing.

Children's clothing is divided into three size categories: baby sizes, toddler sizes, and kids sizes. Some also include small kids' sizes and big kids' sizes, but we will focus on the first three. So, for example, if you are making a pair of jeans for babies, toddlers, and kids, it is important to produce three samples: one in baby size, one in toddler size, and one in kid size.

How to create a size breakdown sheet?

Consider the following example. We're making a size chart for a pair of kids' denim pants. And we want to make them in three different sizes for children: baby, toddler, and kids.

Adding sizes to the tech pack
Adding sizes to the tech pack

So basically, we will have three size sets. Including:

  1. Baby size set: 0-6M, 6-12M, 12-18M, 18-24M.
  2. Toddler size set: 2T, 3T, 4T, 5T.
  3. Kidsโ€™ size set: XS, S, M, L.

To create a size breakdown sheet, we will create a new custom section in our tech pack, named "Size set breakdown".

Sie breakdown sheet tech pack
Select a custom section type

Once created the system will let you break down all of your sizes into three size sets:

Breaking down sizes into three size sets
Breaking down sizes into three size sets

We will specify a sample size for each of the three size sets once they have been separated. Sizes 6-12, 3T, and S, for example.

Once generated, the size breakdown sheet will clearly show the three size sets with a sample size in each set.

Size breakdown sheet