Cut and sew refers to the process of manufacturing a product from scratch. This term is most commonly used in the fashion industry when the sewing process starts and ends in one place — meaning the design is cut out from raw fabric and completely finished. The opposite of cut and sew is when something is mass produced, such as jeans or tee shirts which are purchased already made by a company and then changed through alterations, embellishments or screen printing. Garments that have been through the cut and sew process typically cost more because the garments are more customized.

Create a design that you would like to sell. In order to learn the cut and sew process, you’ll need a design to work with. This usually requires you to have fashion design or other design experience.

Decide how many pieces of your design you would like to cut and sew. This will help you to determine if you can do the work on your own, if you need to hire workers or if you need to hire a cut and sew production company to execute your design. If you do the work on your own, you will have to create a pattern from your design, cut the pattern out and sew it in full.

Cut and sew production companies have large working spaces. They also provide material, tools and trained workers to manufacture your design more efficiently.

Contact multiple cut and sew production companies to compare pricing and ask questions to learn about their process.

Discuss all logistics of the cut and sew process from start to finish, once you have chosen a cut and sew production company. Include a discussion on details such as fabric and material, pattern, screen printing, quality and the shipping process.

Choose to oversee the production process for the creation of the first garment, if you are the designer, to ensure the finished product matches the design you envisioned.

Have your garments shipped to your business location.

Promote your garments to customers as custom apparel. This will allow you to charge more than mass-produced items.