The matric jacket is a memento to be proud of and should be worn as a symbol of success and achievement. In the following post I’ll will give you a few pointers on how to simplify the whole process and how to get them done with as little hassles as possible.
1) Establish a committee.
The process of developing your jackets can be very stressful – but it shouldn’t.
Schools always leave this delicate task to 1 or 2 responsible students – they have to do all the work and in the end they get “burnt at the stakes”.
Developing your matric jacket can be a chaotic task because there are so many personalities to consider and chances are that you won’t please everybody- allow the students to be part of the process but set time frames to ensure good progress. This initial step of getting the actual product concept is the biggest time waster and the reason why matric jackets are left to the last minute.
a) Create a matric jacket committee (if you don’t already have one).
b) Ask each class to select 2 representatives for committee duty. These reps will relay info back to the classes on the progress.
2) Keep the costs down.
Times are tough and not all parents are by the means to purchase matric jackets- so why not be creative and reduce the costs.
When I was on school we held cake sales, raffles and even school productions to raise funds for our matric jackets. It’s obviously too late if you want to order jackets for this year but if you’re a future reader, you may want to suggest fund raisers.
Even if you can afford your jacket, fund raisers are a great way to sponsor jackets to those who can’t.
a) The pricing for branding and manufacturing works on a sliding scale, in other words, the more you take the less it costs. So ordering 50 jackets will be more expensive (per garment) than ordering a 100. So try to ensure that everyone order’s.
b) When designing your jackets stay away from printing across seams/stitched areas or doing full-panel printing. This type of branding is very time consuming and costly.
c) The same applies for name branding-but if it is absolutely important that your names be on the jackets, go for embroidery- it costs less.
d) For multi-colour branding and designs larger than a shirt’s pocket size, go for printing as it’s less expensive.
e) Bargain with various CMT (Cut, Make Trim) factories to see who will give you the best manufacturing cost.
3)Get the designs formulated
Ask the various classes to select their representatives who will be part of the design process. Allow each class to submit a maximum of 2 designs(for variety) and then put these designs up for vote. So if you have 4 matric classes, there should be 8 designs that all matriculants can vote for. If there’s a tie or a very close result put these up for a re-vote, omitting the rest.
a) Determine your school’s policy about colour and branding before any design work is done.
b) The following info must be stipulated on each design:
- Cut / fit – slim, medium, loose.
- Trims – zips, buttons, piping, etc.
- Fabrics types- it is great to provide sample fabrics in the form of garments or swatches.
- Branding- printing, embroidery, foiling, etc.
c) Great ideas can normally sourced from clothing you already have, magazines or clothing stores.
4) Choosing your CMT factory.
Many CMT’s expect you to deliver all materials and they simply do the assembly. It is extremely important that you work with a CMT that is flexible and who will assist you through the production process, including organising materials and trims.
a) Find out if any student at school have parents or families who own a CMT. This can save on costs as well as give you better control and communication over the process.
b) Try to use a CMT with an in-house pattern maker as it will save time and make the production process go quicker.
c) Ask your CMT for a specification sheet, so that students can place their orders and the sizing will be accurate.
d)Establish lead times for the production and call them on a regular basis to check up on progress.
e) Have a sample done BEFORE the production fabric has been ordered and pass it on to the various classes to get their approval.
The whole process shouldn’t take longer than 4 weeks but if you need assistance you can always contact us.