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Leading a Professional Garment Fitting: Pinning Tips for Seamless Pattern Adjustments



Are you tired of frustrating fittings that leave you with garments that just don't quite hit the mark? Mastering the art of pinning and adjusting during fittings is key to achieving that elusive perfect fit. This blog post delves into essential tips for both technical designers and pattern engineers, ensuring seamless collaboration and flawless garment construction.


Pinpointing the Possibilities:

  • Think about the "why" behind each pin. It's not just about taking in or letting out fabric. Consider what pattern changes your pins represent. Does that excess fabric under the bust hint at a princess seam need? Does the armhole point towards a height adjustment?

  • Collaborate, communicate, and confirm. Don't work in a silo. Discuss your pin placements with your pattern engineer and designer. Their expertise can translate your vision into actionable pattern modifications.

  • Embrace alternative solutions. If your initial pin idea requires a significant pattern change, explore other options. Raising the armhole or pivoting a dart might achieve the desired fit without adding a princess seam.

  • Be flexible and open to compromise. Sometimes, the perfect fit doesn't always require drastic alterations. Learn to adapt your vision and accept adjustments that maintain the garment's integrity.


Technical Savvy for Seamless Transitions:

  • Think flat. As a technical designer, understand how your pin adjustments translate to pattern alterations. Can you visualize the changes on a flat pattern? If not, step back and re-evaluate your pinning strategy.

  • Every pin counts. Each pin represents a potential pattern modification. Make sure your placements are deliberate and purposeful to avoid unnecessary rework and frustration.


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Remember, successful fittings are a collaborative effort. Embrace communication, explore possibilities, and hone your technical skills to transform your vision into garments that fit like a dream.

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