This question came up in my Ask Sarah call this week and it seems to be a confusing topic for a lot of Entreprenettes. Not to be confused with a cutting ticket, a spec sheet gives all the details of what is needed to make the item. A cutting ticket gives the quantities or sizes so they know how many to make and exactly what to make.
If you manufacture overseas, I suggest giving a purchase order that shows style numbers and quantities, plus a cutting ticket with sizes if apparel based. Be sure to include required delivery date, any agreements to percentage of damaged goods you will accept, and how the good will be delivered to you (boat or air)
A spec sheet is a detailed description of what is required to make your product look and function as you desire. This can be done in Excel (usually easiest as you can make grids for different sections and make it look really pretty) but a word doc is fine too.
You may need to create this to get your first samples done if going overseas. When working with a local manufacturer, you may be able to do more verbally, but I don’t like to leave anything open for misinterpretation.
This is going to be the Blue Print for your manufacturing.
A spec sheet for an overseas manufacturer a shirt might look like this:
Hope this helps to make your manufacturing flow better.
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