(NOTE: Each chapter concludes with Summary, References and Reading List, Key Words, and Discussion Questions and Activities.)
PART I. INTRODUCTION TO APPAREL MANUFACTURING.
1. Organization of the Apparel Business.
Nature of Apparel.
Structure of the Apparel Industry.
Globalization of Apparel Manufacturing.
Organization of Apparel Firms According to Areas of Specialization.
2. Marketing Strategies.
Marketing Responsibilities in Apparel Firms.
Strategic Marketing Processes.
Retail and Wholesale Marketing Strategies.
Labeling and Licensing.
3. Merchandising Processes.
Context of Merchandising.
Concepts of Apparel Product Lines.
Dimensions of Product Change.
Nature and Timing of Merchandising Responsibilities.
PART II. PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT.
4. Product Standards and Specifications.
Sources of Quality and Performance Standards.
Company Standards for Quality, Size and Fit, and Performance.
Developing and Using Specifications.
Writing Specifications for Apparel Manufacturing.
Professional Perspectives on Product Development.
5. Garment Analysis and Specification Development.
Role of Garment Analysis.
Sizing and Fit.
Garment Components Assembly.
Final Garment Assembly and Finishing.
6. Creative and Technical Design.
Influences on the Design Process.
Apparel Design Technology.
PART III. DIMENSIONS OF APPAREL MANAGEMENT.
7. Management of Quality.
Systems of Quality Management.
Methods of Assuring Quality.
Costs and Benefits of Quality Programs.
8. Costs, Costing, Pricing, and Profit.
Costs and Profits.
Systems of Costing.
Stages of Costing.
Determining Product Costs.
9. Materials Sourcing and Selection.
The Global Textile Complex.
Producer and Consumer Goods.
The Role of Sourcing Decisions in an Apparel Firm.
Materials Sourcing Processes.
Predicting Aesthetics and Performance.
Evaluating Fabric Quality.
10. Sourcing Product Development and Production.
Economic Development Trade Legislation.
Sourcing Priorities and Processes.
Costing Imported Goods.
PART IV. FOCUS ON PRODUCTION.
11. Apparel Engineering.
Apparel Production Systems.
12. Production Planning and Management.
Human Resource Management.
Equipment Management and Plant Modernization.
13. Preproduction Operations.
Initiation of Preproduction Operations.
14. Stitches, Seams, Thread, and Needles.
15. Equipment for Assembly and Pressing.
Stages of Technology Advancement.
Sewing Machine Fundamentals.
PART V. FINDINGS MANAGEMENT.
16. Support Materials.
Purposes of Support Materials.
Other Support Materials.
Purposes and Costs of Closures.
Buttons and Buttonholes.
Snaps and Hooks.
Hook and Loop Tape.
Types and Sources of Trims.
Appliqués, Insets, and Lace Trims.
Screen, Heat Transfer, and Digital Printing.
Garment Analysis Application #1: Analysis of T-Shirts.
Garment Analysis Application #2: Analysis of Men’s Dress Pants.
Garment Analysis Application #3: Analysis of Men’s Dress Shirts.