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Behind Closed Doors: Inside Fashion Week Fall 2013

Mara Hoffman Model fitting

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Steps Until Production

After sketching and designing the shapes of the garments, Hoffman then submits them to a pattern maker, who creates a flat pattern of the design. They will then cut the first sample in an old fabric from a past season to get the fit sample.

Fit models then try on the sample. Hoffman and her team then make any adjustments after seeing how it looks on the fit model. The pattern is then corrected and new samples are made if needed and tried on again.

Once the pattern is up to snuff, Hoffman will send out the pattern and newly made fabric from Asia to the sample maker to create. There aren't typically many adjustments to the garments at this stage.

"By that point, usually we don't because we've already gone through so many rounds of fitting that we've gotten it close enough that any more adjustments will be fixed for production," she added.

Fit models are typically about 5'8" to 5'9" and weigh more than runway models, one of whom is shown here during the final fitting.

"One of them is closer to an average person so you can fit and the other one is really more for runway purposes so they're a lot taller and skinnier," she added.

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