It seems that Amazon just bought a startup that makes 3D scans of your body.

I’m not so sure about scanning the body to determine fit. It seems to me that this is a very expensive way to do something when there is a much easier way to determine which manufactured clothing will fit your body.

A tape measure is the drafting tool of choice to use when determining if clothing will fit.
Compare your measurements with the measurements given for the sizes that are offered by the manufacturer.
Since manufacturers draft their patterns to grade rules, once you find a manufacturer whose clothing fits you,
buy clothing from that manufacturer in the size that you have found fits. 

There is a very inexpensive drafting tool that really helps with getting the fit right. It’s called a tape measure.

Use that to compare your measurements with the measurements given for the garment(s) you are purchasing and you have a fairly good chance that the garment(s) will fit you.

Men do this all the time. Go into any men’s department in any store and you will find that the men’s clothing is labeled with actual measurements, listed in inches!

But with women’s clothing the size on a garment may be a 10, or a 14, etc. so what on earth do those sizes mean? Too many women try on garment after garment, hoping something will fit. What a frustrating waste of time! So now the big solution is scanning one’s body. The world’s gone crazy!

Women’s sizing, such as 10 or 12, is actually a company’s industrial jargon for a complete set of measurements for that size. Check the manufacturing company’s sizing chart and you will learn the measurements that are indicated by each size on the clothings’ tags.

For mass-production of clothing to be successful, manufactures must cut a 1000 garments at a time. Using a grade-rule (a measuring system that establishes the measurements for each of the sizes in a style line) based on an averaging of measurements from a selected group of people is the only way mass-production is possible. Years ago there was talk of scanning to produce custom fitted mass-produced clothing. Custom fitted mass-produced clothing is an oxymoron. There is no such thing because it is impossible.

If your measurements are the same or close to the measurements of one of the sizes in that grade rule, buying clothing from that manufacturer in that size will enable you to enjoy a good, or many even an excellent fit.

Note: Stay posted. Hoping to have Grading to Fit and its companion book, Grading and Sewing a Blouse on the market by January 1, 2018. Will post when the books are finished. Together they show how to draft slopers (basic patterns – front and back bodice, front and back skirt, sleeve from which pattern styles are drafted) that fit an individual, and then how to use those slopers to determine the grading coordinates needed to grade grade-rule patterns, such as home sewing patterns, to a custom fit.

I’m working day and night on those two books, the reason I rarely post on my blog.

Bye for now – thanks for reading – Laurel


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