The Innovative Application of Existing, Digitally Controlled, Flat Bed Weft Knitting to Fashion Knitwear for the Individual Body Shape of Women, Particularly Those Above UK Standard Sizes

Haffenden, V.M. (2008) The Innovative Application of Existing, Digitally Controlled, Flat Bed Weft Knitting to Fashion Knitwear for the Individual Body Shape of Women, Particularly Those Above UK Standard Sizes In: In the Loop, Winchester, UK. (Unpublished)

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This practice-based doctoral research is set in the digitally-enabled knitted textile field, designing and making 3D shaped knitwear in the context of larger women’s body shapes. The focus is on combining design and manufacturing technology to enhance the fit of knitted garments; an approach previously lacking in this major niche market. All the knitting for this research has been developed and programmed using a computerised Shima Seiki knitting system. A small cohort of larger sized women were manually measured, and hand-made‘clones’ built of their torsos, and two of the three case studies have also been 3D body scanned. Resulting data has been used for generating accurate ‘electronic tape measure’ readings and body slices to aid the design of the garments. The ‘clones‘ and virtual images have informed understanding of the fitting requirements relating to individual features of each 3D body shape; for example uneven shoulder height and non-standard waist position. The resulting knitted garments are evaluated on the participant’s bodies and the ensuing analysis in turn enables the re-working of the garment for an improved fit and feel. http://www.knittofit.co.uk

Item Type:Contribution to conference proceedings in the public domain (Extended Abstract)
Uncontrolled Keywords:knitwear; fashion; 3D body shape; customisation; 3D knitting; outsize. plus size; clothing
Subjects:W000 Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design > W230 Clothing/Fashion Design
J000 Technologies > J500 Materials Technology not otherwise specified
Faculties:Faculty of Arts > School of Architecture and Design
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ID Code:7086
Deposited By:Mrs V. M. Haffenden
Deposited On:06 Apr 2010
Last Modified:22 Oct 2013 13:07

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