Melbourne Fashion Lab has been working closely with a ballet company to produce a series of costumes for their production in late September.
We were given a sample of the style of costume they liked, then created a sample for fit purposes. The Sample was a size Small / 10.
With the number of costumes made during this process, we then graded our base size to an 8 & 12.
We have a series of fittings, and adjustments to be made to the final garments before the dancers can do their thing.
I forgot to mention - the costumes are all made out of terry towelling towels creating their own unique problems that need to be troubleshooted.
A first fit sample pictured above based on a sample given to us. The first fit sample is important to the production process as it allows us to find any fitting issues, or fabric problems first hand rather then create everything then try to fix it.
Some issues you can have with a first fitting can be - fitting problems (too tight, too loose, wrong length, etc) which need to be re-adjusted accordingly, they can also be fabric problems - fabric is too light, too heavy or not ideal for the product to be made, and they can also include ways to make the garments better e.g original sample had buttons, but we have replaced them with zippers.