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Digital Apparel Patternmaking: Exploring Digital Technology to Support Fashion Studies Curriculum
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Digital Apparel Patternmaking: Exploring Digital Technology to Support Fashion Studies Curriculum

Fellows:  Sharon Levine and Audrean Been

Patternmaking

Project Summary: 

The areas of focus of this project were:

- to finalize the development of a collection of digital apparel patterns to support the curriculum of the Fashion Studies Department

- to explore the pattern drafting tools and methods of the Optitex software for the creation of 2-D flat apparel patterns

- to learn the 3-D visualization process, tools and procedures

- to identify possible areas of interdisciplinary use for the Optitex software 

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Assessment: 

Both faculty and students expressed interest in learning how to digitize patterns and in introducing some digital concepts into beginning level patternmaking courses. The Optitex 3-D visualization software was demonstrated for students in the CAD: Patternmaking class. Each student answered a questionaire after the demo. The responses were unanimously positive and enthusiastic. All of the students expressed interest in learning the software and their concern about acquiring digital skills for their future positions in the fashion industry. 

Read the full assessment paper.

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Going Forward: 

We hope to expand the use of the Optitex (or other) 3-D software within the Fashion Studies and Art + Design Departments. We will be demonstrating the software to members of the Art + Design faculty in the near future and hope to have similar demonstrations for the Fashion Studies Department.