Browzwear 3D: Concept to Creation
Browzear 3D: Concept to Creation
Can you design from concept to creation using only Browzwear 3D?
In this project, I explore the feasibility of a 3D production workflow using the 3D design program, V-Stitcher by Browzwear. These were the perimeters:
- Create a personalized parametric avatar
- Draft a base pattern to the parametric measurements
- Add tested fabric physics
- Customize base pattern to new style
- Create prototypes towards finalized garment
- Print pattern and construct physically
- Compare outcomes
To create my customized avatar, I input my measurements, then visually compared photos of myself and the avatar to perfect posture and distribution.
I knew that for this project, I wanted to try something that would be a fit challenge. With this in mind, I chose a garment that I always foundthe most ill fitting. Because of my body type, there are usually many fit issues for me with commonly produced jumpsuits. The jumpsuits I find usually have too low of a waist, are too long, have too much bust room, or the crotch depth is too short. I was hoping with this project to finally make a jumpsuit that fits me well and is comfortable.
I designed three jumpsuits. The first is a wrap front with a lower bust cut out and wrapped front fold on the bottoms. The second is a cropped culotte style with a V neck and crossed front chest straps. The third design is a surplice front with the same wrap front fold on the bottoms.
The design I finally settled on is the first. I was curious to see if I could execute this design and how it would come together.
I drafted a basic jumpsuit pattern, sleeveless with a high neckline.
I built out my design lines from my base pattern and exactly what I expected to happened, bad gaping at the armholes.
With some adjustment and adding elastic to the edges, the top smoothed out. I added in the front wrap on the pants. I loved the design line but wasn't fond of the way it hugged the body. Looking at the garment with the tension map on, I realized the jumpsuit was fitting tighter than I had wanted.
This was the first version where I applied the tested physics of my chosen fabric. I was happy with the way the design draped in the new fabric physics. It also made the design looser on the body.
The final design came out wonderfully well. The fit seemed to be exactly what I was hoping to create. The final design has more drape to the front pant wrap for a more relaxed fit.
There is really nothing better than getting to see your garment come together as quickly as you can think it. Being able to make adjustments without ever having to sew it up cut out so much guess work and time. I prototyped five versions in 3D before printing it and sewing it physically. Even though I could see on my screen that the pattern would work well and that it would fit, I was still so surprised to see how few changes I had to make outside of 3D to perfect the garment. Overall the design came out great, but the top of the jumpsuit was too lose and had to be slightly altered by a few inches. As much as I was hoping to sew up a perfect final version, having only one additional alteration is still incredibly good! I haven't found a perfect answer to why the top was loose yet, but my guess has to be with the way I shaped the avatar. To get the avatar's bust to match mine, I had to do some alterations that made the measurement lines curve oddly.
Here are a few things I came across while working in 3D that didn't occur to me before this project:
Things you can't do in 3D
- "pick up" excess for a dart
- feel how tight or loose something sits against the skin
- experiment with fold types by physically folding the fabric to test drape
- smooth excess fabric out of the pattern as an altering tool
Things you can do in 3D
- see immediate results from a pattern change
- test different fabric types for your garment without ever sewing it up
- 2D and 3D inputs giving you continuous feedback on your pattern adaptions
- create a parametric avatar (finally get to be outside yourself when you are the fit model!)
- technical maps to show tension of garments