Fitting Defects in Garments: Causes and Remedies

Last Updated on 29/01/2021

Fitting Defects in Garments

Fitting of garment is that tightly follows the contours of the part of the body being covered. The success of your garment depends a great deal on its fit. A well garments fitting has optimum amount of ease (neither too tight nor too loose) and its seam lines follow the general silhouette of the body. Fitting defects in garments are one of the most important problem because the wearer doesn’t feel comfortable by wearing unfitted garments.

fitting defects in garments
Fig: Fitting defects in garments

Improper fit:
Fitting is one of the important criteria for consumers in their buying decision. Variation in dimensions and improper fitting are the normal complaints in ready-made garments. The solutions include collecting data on age, body structure and ethnicity. Data can be collected by sample survey method that can represent the population as a whole. Appropriate statistical tools can help in getting range and variation of sizes found in people. Adopting technologies such as automated measurement and 3D body scanning facilitate more effective and affordable data collection for garment manufacturing companies. The effectiveness of sizing system is highly dependent on skills of pattern makers and graders in identifying, defining and manufacturing the type of fit appropriate for the target market. Some of the tools and strategies to facilitate this are target body scanner, market surveys, wear testing, and virtual fit assessment. Materials with stretching characteristics can fit a wider range of body.

Unfitted garment
Improper fitted garment

Improper size labels:
Many times, it is seen that consumers get confused with the sizes. They are not able correlate the numbers with body measurement, so they prefer taking trials of various sizes of same item. The reason behind this is non standardization of label sizes among manufacturers. To get rid of this problem, manufacturers are using terms such as slim, classic, relaxed fit. Use of Internationals Standards for dress size and educating the users on the Standards adopted could solve the problem to a certain extent.

Cutting inaccuracies:
Cutting inaccuracies is the main reason for fitting defects in garments. Factors that cause cutting inaccuracies are wide or vague lines on the marker, imprecise following of lines on the marker, variation in the cutting patch, shifting of the spread or block, allowing fabric to bunch up or push ahead of the knife, using improper equipment and using improper cutting sequence as parts are cut.

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