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Working with Dress Manufacturers in China

Going to share some generic information about working with a dress factory in China, on (most) if not all the things you need to know whether you are looking for a wedding dress factory in Guangzhou or a lace dress manufacturer elsewhere in China, hopefully this short blog will help you understand what you need to work well with dress manufacturers in china.

Of course, it all starts with looking for a suitable dress supplier in China. And for many people Alibaba is the place where that search begins, as it presents itself as the quickest, easiest and most efficient way to get talking to suppliers.

Finding a suitable dress manufacturer is complicated. But if you follow a few simple rules and guides you can minimise that risk somewhat.

  1. You need your dress design for the factory.

  2. You need to know what fabrics you want.

  3. You need to know your dress factory in China can work with your sizes.

  4. You need to know the fabric is good quality.

  5. The other things must be handled well by the dress factory, such as zippers, printing if any.

The has had the opportunity to provide dress manufacturing services to a number of clients from Australia, to the United States to Nigeria. And we've seen (and made) most of the mistakes already in our 12 years experience as a women's clothes supplier in china so hopefully you can avoid most of them, by taking something of value away from this post. And of course if you find it useful hit us up at to learn more.

The first one is you need a good design template. If you can make your own dress patterns, then superb. You can skip stage 1 and start talking to your dress manufacturer directly in China to price up your design. If not, you will need to employ the services of someone who can do dress pattern making, whether it be an off shoulder dress or a ball gown, the process does not change.

The IdeaLabgz provides in house dress pattern making services, where we work directly with dress factory here in China to develop the pattern and check it's manufacturing viability at the same time. The cost is around $100-$150 depending on the pattern complexity. It takes us about 7-10 days usually and we include an unlimited number of revisions until you are satisfied.

But you may want to employ the services of someone close by to where you live so you can have direct oversight and control over the development of your design. However you do it, make sure you do this first.

Or your attempts at working with a dress factory in Guangzhou will be more or less futile and your dress will probably look nothing like what you envisioned.

The next stage in the process is fabrics. One of the reasons why guangzhou has become the number one spot for a lot of dress factories in china is because of the huge fabric market here in Zhongda, called in Chinese 中大布料市场. I've been working with dress manufacturers in china for 12 years, been visiting this market since as long as I can remember and I still do not know my way around it. It is huge.

Beyond huge even. It's just mind boggling. I think something like 75% of the dress factories in China buy their material from this place. Anyway i'm digressing.

This market is where we head next to procure your fabric. It's important to choose fabric that has been stored well, is relatively new, not old and in stock. Fabric that has not been stored well, is easy to tear, rip and means you will encounter a whole host of potential problems when you begin your journey with dress manufacturers. Further unless you have a good reliable inspection company to visit your dress factory in china, you won't discover many of these problems until you receive your stock. So strike early, strike fast and get that fabric checked before you begin production.

Most of the time the fabric supplier in Zhongda will deliver the fabric to your dress factory, as even though China is big, most dress factories are close by the fabric market. It is also relatively easy to transport and ship. It's not a given that your chosen dress manufacturer can work with the fabric you want to use, but a reasonably well established professional clothes supplier in China should not have an issue. But make sure on your initial inspection that they are a good fit for the dress pattern you have approved.

The first thing you will want to negotiate with your dress factory is a complete sizing check against your designs. Most dress manufacturers in china should and will produce a complete set of samples against production for the sizes you require. Typically you get one revision to the sizes prior to placing your mass production order, so make sure you receive the samples, check they fit well and note down any adjustments and have the pattern updated. Failure to do this and well you've got an ill-fitting dress that you can't sell.

Some dress factories in china will offer their own sizing suggestions. I always say here proceed with caution. If you know what you need, then make sure you communicate to the dress factory that your sizing is standard and thats what you want. Again I think it's always a good idea to arrange another inspection of the finished garments prior to export to make sure the sizes are as per your original specifications.

Some dress factories do use inferior zippers, not all. But some. Golden rule here, just ask for SBS zippers as standard. SBS are basically good quality, reliable zippers that will hold their own. Most dress manufacturers in China should have a good supplier of zippers.

if you are looking for someone to help you manufacture your dresses or just want access to a good dress factory in china through a company that understands your concerns, then talk to The IdealabGZ. We are a UK owned and operated company that has been based in South China since 2009, and we are all about customer care.

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