Gaining a Competitive Edge with Top Quality Sizing


Salusso-Deonier, Carol J.   (1989, ASQC)   Montana State University, Bozeman, MT

Annual Quality Congress, Toronto, Ontario, Canada    Vol. 43    No. 0
QICID: 3592    May 1989    pp. 371-376
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Article Abstract

Why is apparel sizing important? Because it is an essential component of apparel quality. Consumers spend their money on apparel that looks good and feels good. For over 50 years whether domestic or imported, apparel sizing has been both inconsistent and inaccurate. Solving problems with apparel sizing would greatly increase apparel quality. Top quality sizing could become the competitive edge domestic apparel needs to gain back ground lost to imports. We already have the technological capability and beginnings of a cooperative attitude in the United States textile and apparel industry to bring about consistent, reliable sizing. Considerable progress is needed to achieve accurate sizing. Current sizing standards rely on obsolete body measurement data bases. Body forms used to translate sizing into garment styles do not represent potential consumers' body dimensions, contours or posture. Potential solutions to the accuracy dilemma are explored in this report. To be successful, industry needs a solution that virtually duplicates common variations in the human form. We can no longer afford to fit people into apparel. Apparel must fit people. An apparel industry that offers reliable, accurate sizing can forget about defending against imports and instead explore the potential of exporting to the world.


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