The era of mass manufacturing of clothing and other textile products is coming to an end; what is emerging is a post-industrial production system that is able to achieve the goal of mass-customised, low volume production, where the conventional borders between product design, production and user are beginning to merge. To continue developing knowledge on how to design better products and services, we need to design better clothing manufacturing processes grounded in science, technology, and management to help the clothing industry to compete more effectively. Design of clothing manufacturing processes reviews key issues in the design of more rapid, integrated and flexible clothing manufacturing processes.

The eight chapters of the book provide a detailed coverage of the design of clothing manufacturing processes using a systematic approach to planning, scheduling and control. The book starts with an overview of standardised clothing classification systems and terminologies for individual clothing types. Chapter 2 explores the development of standardised sizing systems. Chapter 3 reviews the key issues in the development of a garment collection. Chapters 4 to 7 discuss particular aspects of clothing production, ranging from planning and organization to monitoring and control. Finally, chapter 8 provides an overview of common quality requirements for clothing textile materials.

Design of clothing manufacturing processes is intended for R&D managers, researchers, technologists and designers throughout the clothing industry, as well as academic researchers in the field of clothing design, engineering and other aspects of clothing production.

Key Features

  • Considers in detail the design of sizing and classification systems
  • Discusses the planning required in all aspects of clothing production from design and pattern making to manufacture
  • Overviews the management of clothing production and material quality requirements


Engineers, R&D managers, researchers, technologists and designers throughout the clothing and design industry; Graduate students and academic researchers in clothing and textiles

Table of Contents

Woodhead Publishing Series in Textiles


Chapter 1: Clothing classification systems


1.1 Introduction

1.2 General clothing classification

1.3 Harmonised clothing classification systems

1.4 Classification of functional clothing

1.5 Conclusions

Chapter 2: Clothing sizing systems


2.1 Introduction

2.2 Clothing size and designation systems: a chronological review

2.3 European and international sizing systems

2.4 ISO clothing sizing systems

2.5 European designation of clothing sizes

2.6 The JUS clothing sizing systems

2.7 Conclusions

Chapter 3: Key issues in developing a garment collection


3.1 Introduction

3.2 New product development

3.3 Garment collection development

3.4 Developing the concept for a new collection

3.5 Collection development management and control

3.6 Design and manufacturing requirements for a collection

3.7 Design aspects of functional protective clothing: a case study

3.8 Fashion trade fairs and garment collections

3.9 Conclusions

Chapter 4: Planning and organisation of clothing production


4.1 Introduction

4.2 Production planning and organisation within a company

4.3 Clothing-design analysis and activity planning

4.4 Key documentation

4.5 Conclusions

Chapter 5: Planning of clothing design, pattern making and cutting


5.1 Introduction

5.2 Constructing garment patterns

5.3 Pattern-pieces and their preparation

5.4 Pattern cutting-markers

5.5 Designating cutting-markers

5.6 Defining fabric and other parameters

5.7 Technological requirements when arranging pattern-pieces within a cutting-marker

5.8 Cutting-marker efficiency

5.9 Fabric los


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