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Cut and Sew Apparel

The Apparel Product Development Process

Do you have a great idea for a clothing line but don’t know where to start?

Arcus Apparel Group can help you develop your product to get your collection off the ground and into your customer’s hands.

Designing custom clothing is a complicated process, and thankfully we’ve got you covered. Just provide us with some basic sketches or an existing design file and our team of experts will guide your through the necessary steps to make high quality apparel.

With our help, you’ll be able to bring your vision to life and create clothes that people will love to wear. We’ll work with you every step of the way to make sure your line is perfect.

We have over 10 years of experience in the apparel industry, so we know what it takes to make a successful line.

Style Design

Technical drawing, technical packet, or reference photos with detail callouts. If you need assistance with the design we can provide design services.

Branding Files

Any logo that will be on a label or the garment in vector format.

Artwork Files

Artwork files for any graphic that is going to decorate your apparel. If it is all over it must be repeating.


Measurements from your brands sizing chart or of your fit model. We’ll send you a chart to fill out with the required measurements for each style you would like to develop.

Questions about what to submit?

Arcus Apparel Group is here to walk you through every step of the apparel development process.

1. Kickoff Meeting
2. Technical Proofing
3. Pattern Development
4. Material Sourcing
5. Sample Creation
6. Bulk Production
7. Packaging & Shipping

1. Kickoff Meeting

1 Week

After we’ve received all of your information, our team will schedule a time to meet before starting work so that we can go over everything with you and make sure the project scope is clear.

1. Kickoff Meeting

2. Technical Proofing

1-2 Weeks

The design process starts with a technical sketch of the product to be developed. This includes information such as stitch types and construction details in one image for you or your design team to approve.

2. Technical Proofing

3. Pattern Development

2-3 Weeks

During the pattern development stage we are designing the cut file for how your style will be cut from your materials. We use the measurements that were submitted along with the technical drawing to create the perfect fit.

3. Pattern Development

4. Material Sourcing

2-3 Weeks

Based on the description or swatch of fabric that you would like for your style we will source the materials from a wholesale vendor for your production. We will also tailor our search based on where you would like to manufacture your styles (International or domestic) and the quantity of units that you would like to produce.

4. Material Sourcing

5. Sample Creation

2-3 Weeks

Pre-production sample made to test garment fit, size measurements, print placement, fabric quality, and trim quality before going into production. Sample creation includes a fit consultation or fitting if required. Once the sample has been approved we will provide you with your per unit cost, minimum order quantity, and lead time for bulk production.

5. Sample Creation

6. Bulk Production

4-6 Weeks

Once all of the materials that will be used for the production arrive at our shop we’ll start on your production.

6. Bulk Production

7. Packaging & Shipping

2-3 Days

We can use your provided packaging or source branded packaging options to give your brand extra flair.

7. Packaging & Shipping

Are we a good fit?

Categories we work in

Categories we do not work in

  • Swimwear

  • Athleisure

  • Dancewear

  • Underwear

  • Men’s wear

  • Women’s wear

  • Woven Goods (pillows, cases, bags)

  • Pet Products (leashes, harnesses, collars, clothing)

  • Softline goods

  • Prototypes that you have developed

  • Corsetry

  • Boning

  • Hand stitching

  • Hand embroidery

  • Heavy leather

  • Suiting

  • Bridal

What is your minimum order quantity (MOQ) ?

We keep our MOQ low at 100 units per style/colorway to make apparel production accessible for small brands and designers. If you are needing to quickly scale to 1,000+ units per style we can adjust production capacity to accommodate your productions and lead time requirements.

How much money will I need to get started?

Pricing will depend on the style, quality of materials, and country of origin. You can expect to pay from $1k – $2k to develop a sketch into a pre-production sample. Take a look at our pricing guide for more information.

Where will my apparel be produced?

We offer apparel manufacturing options in the USA (our apparel factory), Asia, and Mexico. While we would love clothing manufacturing to come back to the US we understand that the higher cost of production may not make sense for every brand. Based on your quantities and price points, we can create a custom apparel manufacturing option that works best for you.

Do you offer recycled materials?

Yes! We source from mills that offer a wide variety of eco-friendly and recycled fabrics.