Mechanics of Fit

collaboration communication fit fundamentals product development
Online course

This fashion online course with certificate is based on one of Alvanon’s most popular professional development workshops. The course covers the fundamentals of fit, how it’s defined, created and maintained, and how it directly impacts market success through successful fit alignment, consistency and communication.

3 hours

Approved with credit

The Textile Institute
This course is highly recommended for all types of organisations: brand, sourcing office, trading company and vendors. The training content is
well-suited for team members in technical design, product development, merchandising, sourcing and production. It is extremely effective
for aligning teams on fit development, especially when members come from diverse functional backgrounds.

How will you learn?

The online course is self-paced and includes a pre-assessment test, 3 modules of interactive instruction and a final assessment. An in-course glossary at the learner's fingertips facilitates the understanding of technical terms.

All participants who successfully complete the course will receive an Alvanon Certificate of Completion.

The recommended commitment for the course is a minimum 1 hour per week over a 3 week period.

What will you learn?

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

Explain why fit matters and how it directly impacts market success, especially for brands selling across multiple channels.

Define fit and understand what is under control of the product development team and what is not.

Understand the tools and processes for delivering fit consistency from concept to retail.

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.

  • Welcome and Instructor Introduction
  • What is Fit and Why Does it Matter?

Module 1: Why Fit Matters

Refine your understanding of your brand identity and alignment and the importance of having clear target demographics and learn in detail about the different elements of fit.

  • 1.1 Brand Identity and Alignment
  • 1.2 Target Demographics in Action
  • 1.3 The Elements of Fit
  • 1.4 The Elements of Fit – Recap
  • 1.5 Personal Fit
  • 1.6 Body Size and Shape and Core Brand Standards
  • 1.7 Fit Intent
  • 1.8 Assessment

Module 2: Consistency of Fit

Understand why consistency of fit really matters and the tools at your disposal to achieve it at large scales.

  • 2.1 What is Fit Consistency and Why Does it Matter?
  • 2.2 Manufacturing Consistency
  • 2.3 Fit Tools I: The Fit Form and Live Models
  • 2.4 Fit Tools II: Blocks and Grading
  • 2.5 Achieving Fit Consistency
  • 2.6 Assessment

Module 3: Fit and Process

Understand where the knowledge and concepts from previous modules fall in the overall conception process from a fit optimisation perspective.

  • 3.1 The Typical Product Development Process
  • 3.2 How Fit Fits in the Overall Process?
  • 3.3 The Role of Tools
  • 3.4 Ensuring Consistent Fit
  • 3.5 Ensuring Consistent Fit – Recap
  • 3.6 Evaluating the Product
  • 3.7 Flat Evaluation
  • 3.8 Fit Form Evaluation
  • 3.9 Evaluating on a Fit Model
  • 3.10 Assessment


Review the knowledge and key concepts seen in this course.

  • Key Concepts Review & Summary
  • End of Course Survey

Hear it from our customers!

Aggregated Customer Ratings*

Course relevancy, depth, structure & clarity
4.2 / 5
Use of Multimedia
4.4 / 5
Likelihood to apply contents at work
4.3 / 5
Likelihood to recommend to a colleague/friend
4.2 / 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.

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.