Solving Fit Problems: Women’s Tops

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Online course

This course is an engaging and interactive course that covers the methodology of problem-solving fit for women’s tops. It walks the learner through real examples of common fit problems and possible pattern corrections for them. This course also includes a social module for learners to raise their fit problems for discussion with the community. In the first part of the course, you will learn how to be a detective and find the root causes of problems. Then you’ll walk away with the tools for solving them and efficiently communicating associated pattern corrections. Ultimately, this will help you improve product quality, increase speed to market and optimise cost-efficiency.

6 hours
This course is geared for junior to senior team members from product development and
technical teams and any team member with basic garment knowledge who would like to
understand how to identify and solve common pattern issues.

How will you learn?

The course is self-paced and includes a pre-assessment test, 3 modules of interactive instruction on the methodology with a case study, 3 examples of fit problems, exercises and knowledge assessments. The course ends with a social module where learners can contribute and discuss their own fit problems. All participants who complete the course will receive an Alvanon Certificate of Completion. The recommended commitment for the course is a minimum 1.5 hour per week over a 4 week period. Due to the social aspects of this course, learners will be encouraged to periodically return to the course and collaborate on new fit problems over the duration of their subscription.

What will you learn?

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

- Understand the methodology of problem-solving fit for women’s tops
- Detect some common fit issues and identify their root causes
- Apply principles learned to troubleshoot and correct fit issues
- Collaborate on fit solutions with fellow professionals

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 to the Methodology Free trial

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

  • 0.1 Welcome to the Course
  • 0.2 Course Overview
  • 0.3 Why is it Important to Solve Fit Problems
  • 0.4 Becoming a Fit Detective

Module 1: Defining Good Fit vs Poor Fit Free trial

Learn how to identify ‘good fitting’ product for plus and regular women, examine ‘style’ versus ‘fit’ issues and identify fit problems.

  • 1.1 Visually Define Poor Fit
  • 1.2 Visually Define Good Fit
  • 1.3 Examine Style Versus Fit Issues
  • 1.4 Fit Problems Plus Size Women Face
  • 1.5 Differences Between Regular and Plus Sizes
  • 1.6 Summary
  • 1.7 Assessment

Module 2: What Causes Fit Problems?

Play the detective! Find the root cause of a fit problem by understanding how material choice and components affect a sample, how human factors sneak in fit problems and by grasping the role of the actual pattern and product measurements in product fit.

  • 2.1 Building Ground Rules for Garment Fit Evaluation
  • 2.2 Call-outs Best Practice
  • 2.3 Identify All Possible Causes for a Fit Problem
  • 2.4 Components
  • 2.5 Personnel
  • 2.6 Methods
  • 2.7 Measurements
  • 2.8 Summary
  • 2.9 Assessment

Module 3: Case Study - Problem Detection to Resolution

Learn how to detect common fit problems in women’s tops and come up with pattern correction solutions.

  • 3.1 The Rejected Shirt
  • 3.2 Checking Fit Evaluation Feedback
  • 3.3 Correcting Patterns
  • 3.4 Collaborating to Solving Fit Problems
  • 3.5 Exercise 1
  • 3.6 Exercise 1 - Answer
  • 3.7 Exercise 2
  • 3.8 Exercise 2 – Answer
  • 3.9 Exercise 3
  • 3.10 Exercise 3 - Answer
  • 3.11 End of Module Assessment

Methodology Conclusion

Review the key concepts and assess your understanding of the fit problem methodology before getting to the practical part of the course.

  • 4.1 Summary
  • 4.2 Final Exam
  • 4.3 End of Methodology Survey

From Theory to Practice

Now that you have seen the methodology from Alvanon on how to problem-solve fit, it’s time to meet Jackie Lewis who will take you through practical examples of common issues.

Fit Problem 1 - Poor Bust Fit

Let’s look at finding the right bust position in tops, and best practices at adding or moving darts on a bodice pattern…

  • FP1.1 Bust Problem Assessment
  • FP1.2 Solution 1 - Creating Darts
  • FP1.3 Solution 2 - Moving Existing Darts
  • FP1.4 End of Fit Problem 1 Feedback

Fit Problem 2 - A Gaping Armhole

A gaping armhole is another recurrent women’s tops fit problem. Let’s look at best practices to solve it.

  • FP2.1 Armhole Problem Assessment
  • FP2.2 Solution - Fixing the Armhole with Block Patterns
  • FP2.3 Summary
  • FP2.4 End of Fit Problem 2 Feedback

Fit Problem 3 - Sleeve Head and Armhole Shaping

Let’s focus on one last practical fit problem related to finding the right ease position, matching a sleeve and an armhole and, finally, detecting and solving some common issues related to sleeve heads.

  • FP3.1 Ease Position
  • FP3.2 Matching the Sleeve and Armhole
  • FP3.3 Sleeve and Armhole Changes
  • FP3.4 Identifying Sleeve Head Issue
  • FP3.5 Sleeve Head too Short
  • FP3.6 Sleeve Head too Long
  • FP3.7 Sleeve Head too Flat
  • FP3.8 Poor Bicep Fit
  • FP3.9 Summary
  • FP3.10 End of Fit Problem 3 Feedback

Collaborative Brainstorming on Fit Problems

The first-of-a-kind collaborative discussion platform on the topic of Fit Problems. Ask the community to help you with tips and tricks or provide your own to others’ challenges!

End of Course Survey

Your feedback matters most to us. Keep learning, and keep sending us candid feedback!

Hear it from our customers!

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.

Jackie Lewis
Course Instructor

With a career spanning almost 30 years in technical design and product development with
organisations such as M&S, Littlewoods, Shop Direct, C&A and Missguided, Jackie Lewis
joined MOTIF in 2018 as Course Development Director. She is also an expert consultant focusing
on 3D, process efficiencies and sustainability.


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.