Who wants to spend money on clothes that don’t fit properly and aren’t flattering? No one! That’s why fitting and properly correcting your samples while in pre-production can really affect the success of your brand and sales. No one wants to affect the bottom line of their business, so make sure your garments have a great fit, and make your customers happy.
When we work with customers here at Sourceeasy, we work diligently to make sure your fit is perfect for your customer and your sizing. In our process we will send you your first sample, in the closest available fabric, so that you can conduct your first fitting. You will mark the garment as we will cover below, and then you send us that first sample back, so that we can work directly from your notes and markings.
- One person to do the measuring
- One fit model
- full length mirror
- safety pins
- Straight pins
- Tailors chalk to draw on sample if needed
- Camera (usually a phone camera will do)
Once your fit model is dressed arrange the garment on their body evenly and according to the style. Make sure it is hanging properly.
Start from the top and work your way down checking the fit and drape of the garment. Identify the areas of concern, where you would like to see adjustments, with safety pins or chalk.
2. Always Use A Consistent Fit Model
A fit model is a living mannequin. They should meet the body measurements of your medium (base) size, and they need to have symmetrical posture in order for the garments to hang correctly. Using one fit model maintains fit consistency of your entire brand or collection. If you fit garments on different models every time you do a fitting, your notes will vary and lead to an inconsistent fit across the board. This is why it’s key to always use the same model. So whoever she is, whether it is you, a friend, or a professional model, make sure she is available for more than one round of fittings. We also recommend you take basic measurements of your fit model and have these accessible (bust/chest, waist, hips).
What your fit model wears under the garment is just as important as the garment itself. Appropriate undergarments vary based on the garment being fitted. For women, a good supportive bra is best unless it’s a fitting for workout attire – then a sports bra is better. Avoid shape wear unless that is part of the design. Also, consider shoe height and style depending on the garment length and how it will most likely be worn.
3. If the garment is too tight
If the garment is too tight to get on your fit model correctly, do your best to identify how much room is needed to get the garment on. If it’s too tight in some places but not in others, you’ll mark the area with a safety pin or chalk. Make sure to mark the starting point to the end point of where the fabric feels too tight and make a note that these points are representing a tight area. If you are able (depending on the seam) unstitch the seam at the tight area by cutting the stitching with snips. It’s best to mark the garment, and take it off the model before cutting the seam. Once it’s cut, you can measure with your measuring tape how much more room would be needed (or how much fabric should be added).
4. If garment is too big
Pin along existing seams the amount to take out to obtain a good fit. Try to be as even as possible so your sample maker can easily figure out how much to take in. Always try to stick to areas where there are seams, so as not to change the design. Only if that is not possible can you then pin in general areas to take in fabric.
5. Sometimes fit problems Cause Design Changes
The fitting session is your opportunity to not only determine if your prototype fits correctly, but to also see if it hangs they way you had imagined. This may mean you need more than taking in a seam here and there. If elements of the garment need to change for design purposes, try to take accurate measurements or draw on the garment with chalk and note the changes and photograph the area. If it requires a complete design change, then we would have to do a video fitting with you to make sure we fully understand the design you are wanting to achieve.
6. When taking photos of the garment
- Take photos from all angles including front, back and both sides. Make sure to include close ups of areas that need adjustments or more attention.
- Make sure you have great lighting and are standing in front of a solid background, especially for dark colored garments.
- Make sure the garment is not obscured by the fit models’ hair or jewelry.
- It is very important to take a close up of the area of focus but also a shot of the focus area from a distance including the full garment (so we can see area of concern in perspective of the entire garment).
- Taking video of your fitting is a great addition when possible but should not be considered a substitute for great photos. When the fitting is complete document in specific detail the changes that need to be made to the sample. Make sure there is a photo of every change noted along with all necessary measurements. A great rule of thumb is to do this immediately during and after your fitting so you don’t forget any of the small details when you try to go back and write your notes.
Have fun and good luck!