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Posted by on April 22, 2020

A cut sheet is a document containing the measurements, dimensions and sizes of your clothing product. By the sound of it, it seems easy to produce this document but the problem is most designers and people starting a clothing line have a hard time creating this document because they end up overthinking its format and presentation. In this article, let me try to help you on how to properly create cut sheets on a professional level and come up with a standard format for your clothing product’s cut sheets.

Before we dive into to cut sheet creation and show you how a cut sheet does look like, let us first determine the right way to get measurements for specific garments. By knowing the right way of measuring garments and clothing, it will be then easier to create your cut sheets out of a particular product. The cut sheet solely focuses on measurements which makes the process of measuring garments and clothing critical to your document. It is useless to learn the right way of creating a cut sheet when you input the wrong information to it anyway.

How to Fill in Cut Sheets

The easiest way to determine measurements for a garment or clothing is to use another existing product which resembles your project. The existing product is used as your base template which can later be graded when you are determining measurements for different sizes. It is much easier to measure an existing product instead of doing everything from scratch when you already know your clothing product is simply standard and does not require any customized dimensions and measurements. Here are a few tips to fill in cut sheets with specific clothing products and create a standard cut sheet for your clothing products.

The most basic thing you have to remember when taking measurements is to always measure from one seam to another. There are other clothing products where seams and patterns get confusing, then this means you have to measure everything instead of missing out on critical details for the cut sheet. Our first example has to be the most basic clothing product which a shirt, hoodie or similar. To create cut sheets for shirts, the measurements you have to provide must be the following;

Sleeve opening, top side length of sleeve, bottom side length of sleeve, shoulder length, neck width, neck depth, armpit circumference, body length, chest width, waistline and hip width. (In case you are doing a v-neck design then you must provide the length of the V). Create a labeling system for the items mentioned above and use it as your standard legend for other clothing projects. If you have additional trims such as a pocket, you have to specify the pocket size and placement on top of the plain shirt.

Once you have a created a cut sheet for your shirt project, you now have to do grading to find the right measurements of other sizes available for your product. For example, if your base template is a medium sized shirt, you now have to rationalize the measurements for the small, extra small, large, extra large and extra extra large (if necessary) and create separate cut sheets for them. You can use the same cut sheets for all of your shirt custom designs in the future except when it is a custom-made shirt with customized measurements and dimensions.

Another tip I want to give out is how to create cut sheets for hoodies. This type of clothing product is tricky to make which is why a lot of beginners often inquire manufacturers how to create cut sheets for it and how to determine their right measurements. If you outline measurements for this type of clothing, the same style applies with shirts except you have to add on hood circumference. If your hoodie style comes with trims such as pocket and zipper. Add up the zipper length, pocket width, pocket depth and pocket opening length.


Cut sheets serve as the master file for your clothing product’s measurements, dimensions and sizes. There is no standard format or style on how a cut sheet look like but what matters most is the actual details and figures contained within the files. There are free cut sheet templates online which can be downloaded for free and you can use these free samples while starting out. You can simply later modify these templates once you get the hang out of clothing manufacturing.

Clothing manufacturers and factories want to produce products with perfect quality in the shortest lead time possible and detailed, well-constructed cut sheets help them achieve this. With faulty cut sheets, expect a lot of back and forth during the sampling stage causing you to spend more money before achieving the perfect sample ready for mass manufacturing.

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