Small to medium apparel businesses tend to have a very limited approach to quality control systems though a reduced inspection of a non-standardised random sample through pre-shipment samples or upon delivery to their warehouse to managing an AQL approach to inspections either at the vendor prior to dispatch or on receipt at destination.
The garment quality control process can be as simple or as complicated as what your want it to be. To share what I consider to be best practice and manageable, this document will explore AQL and quality processes from PP to Final Inspection.
The three things an apparel brand must strive for, great design, consistent fit appropriate to the target audience and hanger appeal that says buy me. The brands design handwriting is its roots and one of the core selling points, but if garments don’t fit, sizing is inconsistent from garment to garment, and it looks like a garbage bag on a hanger, it won’t sell.
Ask a soft goods manufacturer what do they do when they receive the fabric? You will be surprised how many will say we check the roll length and the usable width to ensure we received what we paid for. Yes, this is fair enough but it is not the answer I am looking for, I want to know the quality level received is acceptable.