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Garment Terms and Abbreviations in the Fashion Industry

Tech sketches and tech packs in the fashion industry are used to communicate with factories and vendors to ensure a designer’s vision is accurately translated into a physical product. These are some of the most common garment terms, abbreviations and their definitions that designers use to spec a garment.

{Sew Heidi} Abbreviated Lingo in the Apparel Industry

Common garment terms  (aka Points of Measure / POMs) used to spec a garment

HPS (High Point Shoulder): The highest point of the shoulder seam on a garment, typically where the shoulder seam meets the collar seam (unless there is a shoulder forward seam or a shoulder panel, in which case it would be the point at which the fold of the shoulder meets the collar seam).

CF (Center Front): The center front of a garment, whether on a top, bottom or other piece of clothing.

CB (Center Back): The center back of a garment, whether on a top, bottom or other piece of clothing.

SS (Side Seam): The seam at the side of a garment, whether on a top, bottom or other piece of clothing.

TM (Total Measurement): The total measurement from one point to another.



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