Thoughts on client comfort in fittings

As a middle-aged man who runs a business making corset patterns, I often am often in the position of having to have a model over for a fitting. (I don’t sell corsets, but I do make test pieces to test patterns etc) As one can imagine this involves getting both taking measurements and trying garments on various women.

As a goal I want all of the models to feel comfortable in the fittings, even with me being in closer proximity to them than would normally be the case. In any other circumstance, it would be highly inappropriate for me to ask someone what their bust measurement is. Here are a few things I do to ensure client comfort.

First, suggest that they bring another person with them. This could be their friend, partner, sibling or parent. If they are under 21 years old require it. Having another person present can add a level of comfort for a model.

Second, be as clinical as possible. If you are going to measure or mark a garment with chalk explain what you are going to do (and why) before you do it. Respect the model’s personal space. If they need a minute let them have one.

Having a place for the model to change is also useful. A bathroom or spare bedroom will work quite well.