Student Fitting Sample Evaluations


Often students contact me and want me to evaluate their fitting samples as they are learning. I usually print off the photos, mark them all up and send them back. Sometimes when learning how to fit the biggest challenge is knowing what you are looking at.


I evaluate things top to bottom and then front to back looking not at the entire garment, but one area at a time. It is tempting to put on a fit sample and look it up and down, but the result can be frustration. Instead one thing at a time is my philosophy.

Another thing with fitting is just because you add a lot of pins does not mean you have done a poor job on the pattern. Pins can be easily removed and sometimes I add pins just to see how it affects my fit. Some people just pin a side seam and shoulder and call it good, whereas when I fit I really like to “nit pick” in a good way.


The muslin is your opportunity to refine the fit and address how the fabric conforms to the body unlike tissue fitting which does not mimic fabric in the same way. Sometimes I am adding pins simply to remove a small amount of excess between the seams.


These kinds of things you cannot see in the tissue or flat pattern. They must be addressed in a 3D fit sample.

I will be posting some more student patterns in the future. It is really nice to see what other “real” people are experiencing and also fun to see their results. If you would like your photos evaluated please contact me at


As we delve into the fall and winter months I hope to feature a new student each week. And don’t worry I never add your name, face or any identifying details.


Photos must be appropriate and family friendly as I do have teens and tweens who follow my work.

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  • Karen Christensen

    27.08.2016 at 20:42

    This is very helpful. Looking forward to seeing more.

    • joi

      18.09.2016 at 19:05

      Thank you so much! We have a big program launching this fall so be watching for a lot of stuff.

  • AmyInNH

    12.12.2016 at 04:11

    I’d have never guessed what to do with the “pinch the purple lines” problem. Thanks, this is very helpful.

    • joi

      13.12.2016 at 18:13

      I am glad this was helpful. Thanks so much for posting.

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