How to Run a Fit Session

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Online course

The How to Run a Fit Session course is a drill down into the product evaluation process. It addresses a recurrent issue that most design, merchandising, product development and technical department members face: the waste of time due to inefficient processes and poor fit session preparation. Learners will be exposed to the best practices for running a fit session and walk away with practical tools and checklists. This course helps you reduce time for the fit session, save costs for live models and get product approval faster.

3 hours
This course is suited for junior to mid-level team members of design, merchandising, product
development and technical departments. It is geared for brand and sourcing offices which
want to gain efficiency in their processes, especially in product evaluation.

How will you learn?

The course is self-paced and includes a Pre-Assessment test, 3 modules of interactive instruction, exercises and knowledge assessments. All participants who complete the course will receive an Alvanon Certificate of Completion.

What will you learn?

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

Easily run fit sessions following our step-by-step best practice instruction

Clearly define team members’ roles and responsibilities to make the most of fit sessions

Give comments about the garments during and after the fit sessions, in an organized and precise way.

Online course Detailed outline

Pre-assessment Free trial

This is to assess the knowledge you already have on the course topics and evaluate how this course can be most helpful for you.

Introduction Free trial

Meet your instructor, introduce yourself and get a better feel for what you will be learning during this course.

  • 1. Welcome to the Course
  • 2. Course Overview
  • 3. What is a Fit Session?
  • 4. Case Study
  • 5. Case Study Explanation

Module 1: How to Prepare for a Fit Session

Learn about the right fit tools and how to use them around fit sessions. You’ll also understand how to minimise actual fitting time, the number of samples for approval and the workload.

  • 1.1 Preparation Checklist
  • 1.2 Which Samples Can Go to the Fit Session?
  • 1.3 Flat Measurement Evaluation
  • 1.4 Fit Form Evaluation
  • 1.5 Booking Fit Models
  • 1.6 Communicating the Fit Session Agenda
  • 1.7 End of Module Assessment

Module 2: How to Run a Fit Session

Dive into the best practices of running productive fit sessions, from defining your team members’ roles and responsibilities to creating sample approval criteria.

  • 2.1 Defining Roles and Responsibilities
  • 2.2 Fit Consistency
  • 2.3 The Best Fit Session Routine
  • 2.4 Pinning Techniques
  • 2.5 Documenting Fit Comments with Photos
  • 2.6 Tips Before You Start the Fit Sessions
  • 2.7 End of Module Assessment

Module 3: How to Follow up After a Fit Session

See the key steps for after a fit session, from assigning responsibility, to how to summarise fit comments and communicating them with your vendors and sourcing offices.

  • 3.1 Assigning Follow-up Responsibilities
  • 3.2 Case Study
  • 3.3 Follow-up Best Practices
  • 3.4 Following up with Vendors and Sourcing Office
  • 3.5 End of Module Assessment


Review the key concepts in the fit session routine and assess your understanding of the entire course.

  • 1. Summary
  • 2. Final Exam
  • 3. End of Course Survey

Hear it from our customers!

Aggregated Customer Ratings*

Course relevancy, depth, structure & clarity
4.5 / 5
Use of Multimedia
4.75 / 5
Likelihood to apply contents at work
4.75 / 5
Likelihood to recommend to a colleague/friend
4.75 / 5

*including only learners who earned a Certificate of Completion.

Emily Robertson-Hood

Course Instructor

For 20+ years Emily Robertson Hood has led teams of Engineers, QA, Patternmakers, Graders, and Technical Developers in the fit, construction and global manufacturing of apparel products ranging from denim to down.

May Fong

Course Instructor

May Fong has extensive line and management experience in retail operations, merchandising, product development as well as supply chain management for major international brands in Asia Pacific.

About Alvanon

Alvanon was founded in 2001 when it developed a unique and innovative data-driven approach to solving the challenges of sizing and fit inherent in the apparel industry. Since that time, it has evolved into a global consulting firm advising the world’s leading apparel organizations on how to align their internal teams, processes and supply chains; more intimately engage their existing and target customers; and innovate to optimize profitability and achieve their growth objectives. It has amassed a wealth of expertise across every key industry discipline including consumer analytics, concept and technical design, product development, manufacturing, quality, sourcing, planning, merchandising, distribution, marketing, e-commerce and training.

Alvanon works with its clients across multiple apparel sectors in 89 countries. It operates from its head office in New York, European headquarters in London, and Asia offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai. Alvanon also has research, development and manufacturing facilities in Dongguan, China.