Children’s clothing is a relatively modern invention. From the beginning of clothing until the nineteenth century, children wore more miniature versions of adult clothing. There are a few minor exceptions. Children’s clothing is often sewn with popular strings to protect it from harm to children, but clothing is still only a puny copy.
The changing status of women has changed the clothes their children wear. Women started working outside the home and had less time to make clothes for their children. Children’s activities are more accessible, so a wide variety of clothing is required for play and school. Concerns for child comfort have also grown, so soft and loose nightclothes are just as crucial as tight jeans. Mother’s time is limited because these clothes need to be easy to clean and durable.
How to produce kids clothing?
To produce stylish yet comfortable clothes, you need to know how to make yourself able to produce clothes at all. You will require the following things to set up your business.
- Kids garments manufacturing business registration and license:
- Business registration with ROC
- Trade License from Municipal Authority
- Dog Adhere MSME Registration
- GST Registration
- Finances for the business:
To begin manufacturing children’s wear, you will need the following machinery:
- Foot-operated sewing machine with all accessories
- Double-needle sewing machine with motor and all accessories
- Overlock sewing machine complete with complete accessories and motor
- Electric press (steam)
- Workshop and Testing Equipment
Essential utilities are electricity and water. Additionally, you must exercise the utmost care in the selection of machinery and other electrical essentials. However, you need to make sure of the minimum power consumption.
- Cost of starting kid manufacturer:
A garment sewing machine will cost you around $300 depending on the features and specifications. Other basic costs for most clothing manufacturers will be rent for factory space, raw material, fabric, accessories and workforce expenses, and legal costs. Small scale production with a few sewing machines, one can start manufacturing children’s wear with investment in the range of $500 to $1000.
This has been an idea about the basics of the business. But the essence of the company is always in the design of the business. If the plans are classy but not comfortable for the kids, the parents may not prefer you over others for their kids. But if all you provide is comfort, then some parents may value you for convenience while others have issues with that. You have to create a balance between comfort and style, and here are a few tips on how you can you do that.
Start sketching your ideas. Imagine what you want for your children’s clothing design. Even if you’re not the best artist, you’ll be making the clothes yourself, so you know which direction you want to head. Sketching a design before applying it allows you to look at the image and perhaps upgrade upon it before getting started. You can also experiment with color proposals in your sketch and write down simple notes for yourself (such as what type of closure you want to use) to ease the creation process. The clothing specifications or tech pack is crucial in the manufacturing process since it will determine the sizes, materials, accessories, and everything you need to guide your sewing process.
- Garment classification:
Children’s clothing is generally classified into several categories. They are as follows:
- Casual: Garments designed for casual occasions are called casuals: T-shirts, woven garments, etc. Woven fabrics give more freedom of movement than woven fabrics and are ideal for casual wear.
- Daywear: Cotton, gingham, gabardine, and sail doth are chosen for daytime wear during the summer season.
Fashion refers to the changing lifestyle of apparel. Fashion changes according to new development techniques. Today’s fashions are made according to the mindset of the kids. Clothing is designed and styled based on these fashions.
Children love bright colors: red, blue, and yellow. Brown, warm/cool color combination, royal purple are some of the colors at their peak in this young world. The color reflects the mood of the children. The colors used in children’s clothing should not be sensitive to their skin.
- Accessory work:
The value-added functions in children’s apparel mainly include:
- Printing & Painting
Trim can make a garment special to a child. Decorative Machine Sewing, Embroidery, Smoking, Ribbon, Bread, Rickrack, Applique, Ruffles. Lace and bias binding are some trimming possibilities. Make sure the care requirements are suited to the fabric when selecting trim.
- Get to sewing:
Cut out the pattern from the fabric you want to work with and use a sewing machine to sew the fabric together. For shirts and pants, it’s easiest to start by cutting out two patterns and simply sewing them together to make a single garment, while a jacket or cardigan will be worked from a base pattern (which includes the bodice). You can then add sleeves to a jacket or cardigan. Skirts can be constructed in the same way as shirts or pants. Always be sure to leave room for a wide heel, if necessary.