FAQ about
Standardized Custom Fit


What is Standardized Custom Fit?

A pattern with standardized custom fit is drafted to a set of fundamental measurements taken from an individual, while other secondary measurements are calculated by mean of statistical extrapolation to confirm the figure to one of the standardized figure shapes. It differs from Full Custom Fit in respect to the number of body measurements taken. Stringcodes Standardized Custom Fit System uses 5 (five) fundamental measurements, which are called root-measurements, to draft patterns.


What is Full Custom Fit?

With full custom fit, customers need take all body measurements. The number of measurements taken differs from one drafting system to another. It could be as few as 20 measurements, or as many as 50 measurements.


What are the disadvantages of Full Custom measurements?

To take body measurements correctly, one needs a considerable skill in pattern-making. Even a highly skilled pattern-maker can rarely get the perfect measurements in one shot, and needs dress-fitting to correct the final patterns. It is not always easy to find so many reference-points around a human body. Inconsistencies and errors happen occasionally. Taking many extra specific measurements does not always mean a better fit for an average body. Many experienced pattern-makers know that they always end-up having to adjust the fit before the final stitching.


How Does Stringcodes Standardized-Custom-Fit Work?

Our research in human dimensions shows that we could obtain a good body dimension from five fundamental measurements. We call them root-measurements. These measurements are:

  1. Bust Circumference;
  2. Waist Circumference;
  3. Hip Circumference;
  4. Center Back Length; and
  5. Waist to Ankle Length.

From these root-measurements, we determine the basic shape and category of one's figure. All other secondary measurements are extrapolated from these root measurements using anthropometric methods and published body measurements taken and extracted from the population of the United States. From these extrapolations, we get a set measurements fitted to an individual. The patterns you need are then individually drafted directly from these measured and calculated values, not down or up-scaled from the existing standard sized patterns.

Is this Standardized-Custom-Fit better than Full-Custom-Fit?

No. If the full-custom measurements are taken by a high-skilled and experienced pattern-maker, those measurements will be a better representation of the dimension of your body. However, if the measurements are taken by someone with less experience, a standardized-custom-fit will probably work better.


What is the advantage of Standardized Custom Fit?

It saves time. It is much easier to take five root-measurements than to take another thirty extra measurements. Five correctly taken basic measurements give us a better fitted pattern than an extended list of inconsistent measurements do. Being an online business in the patternmaking industry for a while, we know that most people have a hard time taking detailed measurements correctly. Standardized Custom Fit is then a great time saver for most of us.


Do I need apparel-fitting for pattern drafted with Standardized Custom Fit?

It depends on the style of apparel you are making. Most loose and casual styles do not need apparel fitting. For close-fit garment, we recommend fitting before you do the final stitching.