Mass Customization can be defined as the ability to offer garments with bespoke fit and customized details in a mass production environment.
To pursue the goal of mass garment customization is to believe it is possible to parameterize any pattern to fit any human shape regardless of gender.
I believe this to be possible and this website reveals a small portion of my research toward the goal of mass garment customization. What is of particular interest to me, is that in the process, ways to improve ready-to-wear (RTW) became obvious. How curious that the journey away from RTW has brought me full circle.
With a vision to the day well fitting garments are available for all, I present key elements from 30 years of research compiled into two key packages.
Releasing October 2018...
The Clone Block™ is a computationally efficient and accurate accurate method of producing a 2D mathematical representation of body shape.
Generated from innovative landmarking and measuring protocols it is both a mathematical assessment of individual body shape and a method of directly relating body measurements to a 2D pattern. It works on all genders and all body shapes. In other words, any pattern can be customized to any body shape. This is where we need to be; measurements are extracted from a point cloud and a pattern is parametrized for body shape. This has not previously been possible because traditional pattern-making cannot precisely account for body shape. Traditional practices rely heavily on fittings to perfect garment fit. This inability to quantify body shape has inhibited automation of garment fit.
Batch processing body scanned data of a given demographic highlights the precise shaping requirements of a target market. Previously sizing studies have incorrectly relied on 1D measurements (tape measure) to improve sizing. Using new landmarking and measuring methodologies focused on 2D measurements (body shape), recommendations are more accurately targeted at pattern shaping rather than sizing charts.
Replacing traditional 1D widths and girths with 2D origami-like measurements allows for quantified body shape and improved data analysis.
Integration of Clone Block methodologies into automated fitting applications improves garment fit data analysis.
Releasing November 2018...
Intelligent Shaping™ brings the art of bespoke fit to mass customization.
Using Clone Block™ technology, Intelligent Shaping™ replicates the heuristic techniques of bespoke tailors to account for fabric grain, layer thickness, ease preference, and customized shaping to achieve superior fit.
While developed for integration with CAD software platforms, Intelligent Shaping™ can be used as a standalone, body shape inclusive, parametrization software for custom block pattern developement (.dxf format).
By incorporating the landmarking and measuring markers used in the Clone Block™, any pattern can be made mass customization ready. Intelligent Shaping™ was developed for virtual garment design. It is the 3D to 2D (or 2D to 3D) interface that monitors the relationship of the pattern and body shape during the design process.
Owner, Researcher, Developer, designer
Emma Scott is a garment fit and pattern-engineering consultant with a unique background. Thirty years of garment design coupled with MTM manufacturing experience, anthropometric research and CAD expertise give her a unique perspective on the workflows and processes required to automate the apparel industry. After training in computer programming, she took an about-face to train in bespoke pattern making and garment design. Determined to bring the perfection of bespoke fit to a wider audience, she expanded to Made to Measure (MTM) bridal and evening wear manufacturing. When CAD MTM could not address the precise level of fit her business needed to further expand, she turned to R&D and translated the heuristic components of garment fit and pattern engineering to algorithms. She is currently publishing her research, consulting to industry, and integrating her methods into apparel technologies.
Throughout my career the following philosophy has been my driving force. While it has frequently been used in marketing, this statement speaks to the purpose behind my custom design work and my vision for the apparel industry at large. In my career, I had the privilege of dressing women as graduates, brides, mothers of the bride and groom, athletes, award recipients, personalities, and as themselves in everyday roles. I had the privilege of witnessing women transform before my eyes when clothed in a suit of armour that reflected their soul and suited their body. It is this suit of armour that I wish to make available to the public at large.
“I do not believe that appearance is a reflection of inner beauty. I do however, acknowledge the impact that external aesthetics have on our own self-esteem, and on the way others view us. Considering this effect, I feel that clothing choices should not always be driven by industry and seasonal trends. I believe…
…Fashion Should Empower”
Emma Scott 1997
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