Plus Size Reinvented, London

Targeting a modern woman that wants fashion, not just larger clothes
Live masterclass
Online modules

training info

As body size diversifies, relatively few are rising to the particular challenges of the plus size market. Today’s plus-size shoppers are demanding the industry serve their needs with the same degree of attention to detail as women shopping for a size 10.

After spending 35+ years in the apparel industry, Alice Rodrigues has worked with many of the world’s most successful plus-size brands, retailers and start-ups. In her first online plus size class exclusively on, the Alvanon senior consultant teaches her hands-on process for creating both stylish, high quality and well-fitting garments. Learn Alice’s fit and balance techniques, how she creates a proportionate style, and how you can develop your own sizing strategy to meet your plus-size fashion needs.

7 wks
1-3 hrs/wk
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Specifically designed for designers, product developers, technical designers, pattern makers, merchandisers and buyers who want to understand this market better.
If you are looking to up-skill or just understand more about fit for the plus size customers, this course is perfect for you. Ideal for apparel companies who are interested, entering or active in the extended sizing industry.
No matter where you are employed in the apparel supply chain, whether in retail, a sourcing company or in manufacturing this knowledge is key to delivering great fit for the plus size consumer.

How will you learn?

You will learn through 7 interactive online modules and 1 in-person Masterclass at the Alvanon UK office in London. The online modules include a pre-assessment test, videos, interactive exercises and a final assessment. The onsite Masterclass will bring you into the classroom with the instructor for EU case studies and an interactive discussion on opportunities for your business and for the future.

All participants that successfully complete the online course and the onsite Masterclass will receive an Alvanon Certificate of Completion.

What will you learn?

By the end of the course, you will:
- Understand how the body grows across a size range, and about different body types.
- Create clean fitting and balanced plus size patterns and garments.
- Learn best practices for adapting a straight size or inspiration sample to plus.

Plus Size Reinvented, London

7 Online modules

  • 6 months course access
  • Starts from 4 November, 2019


  • 13 February, 2020 · 3pm - 4pm


  • English


  • Certificate of completion

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Blended training 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

This module provides background information to the course. You will introduce yourself to your classmates, get an overview of the plus size market and review a case study.

  • 1. Welcome to the Course
  • 2. Course Overview
  • 3. Why Plus Sizes?
  • 4. Opportunities in the Plus Size Apparel Market
  • 5. Entering the Plus Size Market
  • 6. Case Study

Module 1: Plus Body Types

Week 1

This module introduces the various plus size body types and their importance.

  • 1.1 Shape Matters to Fit
  • 1.2 Basic Body Types
  • 1.3 How Shape and Proportions Change with Size
  • 1.4 Body Changes as Size Increases
  • 1.5 Assessment

Module 2: Fit and Balance

Week 2

This module dives into the fit and balance of plus size garment. It covers how to make pattern adjustments, make a well balanced plus pattern and introduces best practices to follow for plus size construction.

  • 2.1 Pattern Engineering for Plus
  • 2.2 How Does Size Affect Pattern Balance for Tops?
  • 2.3 How Does Size Affect Pattern Balance for Bottoms?
  • 2.4 Construction Considerations
  • 2.5 Body Growth and Garment Grading
  • 2.6 Assessment
  • 2.7 Prepare for London's Onsite Masterclass

Onsite Masterclass

Week 3

The Onsite Masterclass will go through several topics:

  • Plus Size Bodies: what defines a body as a plus size
    • Plus body types: how to identify body types
  • Technical implications for plus:
    • How to adapt regular size patterns for plus
    • Fundamental differences in balance, proportion and construction
  • Aesthetic adaptation from regular sizes to plus: do’s & dont’s
    • Interpretation of overall style
    • Proportions
    • Scaling details
  • Differences between the body and form:
    • How to use both forms and models effectively
    • Understanding the function of each as an essential tool for successful fitting

November 21, 2019 2pm – 5pm
Alvanon UK office, 20 Eastbourne Terrace, London, W2 6LG (map)

  • Mid-Training Survey - London
  • Follow-up Questions

Module 3: Aesthetics

Week 4

This module will go through the aesthetics of plus size garment including creating a proportionate style, scaling style details and maintaining fit intent/ease over body across sizes.

  • 3.1 Aesthetic Fit Challenges
  • 3.2 Tops
  • 3.3 Bottoms
  • 3.4 Jackets: What Would You Do?
  • 3.5 Jackets: A Mathematical Approach
  • 3.6 Assessment

Module 4: Fit Evaluation: Form vs Body

Week 5

This module will go through the steps of evaluating the fit of the garment, identifying differences between the body and the form and getting to know how to use the form as a tool.

  • 4.1 Fit Form vs Live Model
  • 4.2 Using Fit Forms
  • 4.3 Assessment


Week 6

The module will summarize the modules that you’ve been through in the course. To complete the course, you will need to pass the Post-Assessment in the module.

  • 1. Course Summary
  • 2. Post-Assessment
  • 3. End of Course Survey

1-Hour Webchat with Alice

Live chat with the course instructor, Alice, and other attendees of the blended training.

Alice Rodrigues

Course Instructor

Alice brings over 3 decades of experience in garment construction, pattern making and fit development in addition to product development and technical design.  She has held both line and management positions in global manufacturing operations and is now a Senior Consultant with Alvanon.

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.



A Blended Training offers the best of both online and in-person training, combining modules of our onlines courses together with on-site training(s) led by instructor(s).

Ticket can be purchased online with credit card through the Buy Now button at the top of the page.

Each ticket is dedicated to a named person that have access to both the onsite and online components of the training.

While most of the training components are online, self-paced and can be taken from anywhere in the world, the workshop is a critical on-site training with the Instructor and other attendees. You are strongly recommended to be able to make it to London on the training date for the in person Masterclass.

Please get in touch with us before the event if you have any special access requirements. We will arrange with the venue.

For best result, we recommend completing Module 1 and 2 before attending the Masterclass. All Online Modules remains accessible up to 6 months after the in-person workshop.

Your ticket and your questions! Training materials (such as pen, notepad, etc) will be provided for you on the day.

Selected Online Modules of the blended training will start 1 month prior to the On-site Masterclass. The remaining online modules will be available after the On-site Masterclass.

You will have unlimited access to the online modules up to 6 months after attending the in-person workshop. You are welcome to finish the course anytime and revisit the content within the 6-months period.

You will receive a Certificate of Completion upon completing all online and onsite training components.

Please feel free to email us at [email protected] if you have further questions or concerns.


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