Using experimental patternmaking and digital technologies to design and create a self-help childrenswear ensemble

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2017-01-01
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Stanley, April
McKinney, Ellen
McKinney, Ellen
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Little research exists for use of experimental patternmaking methods to create apparel in conjunction with other design techniques, for markets outside of adult apparel, or around a specific inspiration. This research explored through practice the outcome when the planar flux experimental patternmaking technique was used to create a sustainable garment design, incorporating self-help childrenswear design principles, digital textile printing, and the Celtic selkie legend as inspiration. The findings demonstrate the planar flux method could be successfully combined with all the components but was not effective in reducing fabric consumption. Planar flux is sustainable in that it reduces time for development, material waste, and labor costs. The design of the final ensemble permitted ease of donning and doffing without adult assistance. Future implications include considerations for the design of experimental patternmaking methods in conjunction with other aesthetic and functional design components and implications for apparel designers and the home sewing/patterning market.

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