An analysis of apparel industry fit sessions

Elizabeth Bye, Karen LaBat

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The fit session is the mean point of evaluation for a garment during the product development process. This paper presents an analysis of the perceptions and practices of apparel industry professionals regarding best practices and areas for improvement for fit sessions. Participants from a large manufacturer of athletic apparel, including designers, merchandisers, product development managers, and pattern makers responded to a survey. Their responses suggest that fit sessions encompass product development decisions that extend beyond the fit of the garment to evaluation of design Recommendations address the organization and communication of industry fit sessions with suggestions for using new technology to improve garment fit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-5
JournalJournal of Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2005


  • Apparel
  • Fit
  • Fit session
  • Sizing


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