Agricultural Extension Service, South Dakota State College
A garment that fits well looks as if it "belongs" to the wearer. Such a garment adapts itself to the standing, sitting, and moving positions of the person wearing it. It is neither too loose nor too tight and it feel s and looks comfortable. It brings out the good points in the individual's figure and skillfully hides poor ones. Insuring a good fit may depend on fitting after the basic fitting dress is cut and basted or after the ready made dress is bought. This circular deals with that type of fitting, not with special pattern alterations. Whether the garment is to be made at home with adjustments on a basic fitting pattern or whether the changes are to made in a ready-to-wear garment, you need to be able to recognize signs of good and poor fit.
Service, Agricultural Extension, "Facts about Fitting" (1960). SDSU Extension Circulars. 618.