What’s in a fit?

February 20, 2015

One of my biggest “day-to-day” tasks as a technical designer is directing fit sessions. In a fit session the design team and tech team evaluate samples and make necessary adjustments to improve styles. One of the most frustrating challenges of tech design is receiving a fit sample that measures perfectly, but looks awful!

Instead of loosing you in the technical jargon, I’ll try to illustrate a fitting to the best of my ability.

CAMILLE_GAP_UPPER BODYTowards the end of the Spring 2015 development season we kept receiving a sample of our Camille Beaded Midi dress with gaping at the neck.  The sample looked great on and none of the measurements were off, but the only way to wear it was low on the bust with “mucho cleavage” or with the neck flopping open.


With help from a well placed safety pin we determined the edge of the neckline was about 1″ too long and the strap was angled in the wrong direction.

I hope I haven’t lost you! These next pictures are the pattern correction needed to fix the neckline.


As you can see, all this style needed was a little pattern love to make it into that perfect summer “go to” it is today!





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