Are you ever frustrated with the way a garment fits? The bust gaps open, the thighs are too tight, the sleeve isn’t at your shoulder and so on? Fit is one of the things that leads people to sew for themselves or create new fashion or pattern lines. Though, even sewing for yourself and understanding fit, doesn’t mean a project will be without a lot of work. Students frequently make multiple changes to a pattern to make it fit better. In the industry, entire departments work on fitting garments to a brand’s specifications.
Fit is something we stress in a lot of our classes. Here are a few ways Cañada College Fashion Department focuses on fit.
In Techniques of Fit, students learn about altering an existing pattern to adjust for the ways real bodies fit into garments.
In Tailoring, students perfect their fit through tissue and muslin fittings.
In French Pattern Drafting, students take measurements and draft a close-fitting garment called a fitting shell to fit the exact measurements they took. Some additional fitting based on the body’s shape usually happens as well.
In Bustier, students work to create a strapless garment sculpted to the body. A lot of internal structures help the garment fit and support.
In Pants Drafting, students take measurements and draft a close-fitting pant to fit the exact measurements they took. Some additional fitting based on the body’s shape usually happens as well.
In Beginning Clothing Construction, students work to make minor fitting adjustments on their garments.
In Intermediate Clothing Construction, there is also a focus on fitting garments.
In Draping, students learn to adjust pieces by draping them on a dress form.
In Flat Pattern, Advanced Flat Pattern, and Pattern Design for Historical Costume students work with slopers to create designs. Often adjustments to fit are made in the muslin stage of the design.