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Feature

  • Smart shoes

Benefits

  • Complete a total look
  • Fits multiple Avatars
  • Move and bend with foot and legs

You’ve dabbled with Smart Trims and you’ve enjoyed the ease of an integrated Ray Trace engine… Let us introduce you to our new Smart Shoes.

Adding Shoes is Easier Than Ever

Complete the 3D look and the user experience, Browzwear has introduced adjustable smart shoes that work with multiple avatars, and can be animated or used in various poses. The shoes actually move and bend with the foot and legs of the avatar for true-to-life designs. Users can pull shoes straight from VStitcher and Lotta and enjoy full control over both the shoes and avatar feet, so you can make adjustments as needed.

Pre-Loaded Styles or Add Your Own

Browzwear now comes pre-loaded with 5 types of shoes and you can easily import additional shoes of any type including sport shoes, high heels, sandals and more. You’ll be guided through adjusting the foot to fit the shoe in different positions so the interaction becomes fluid and natural. Once its imported, the system remembers that shoe and how it interacted with the foot…for next time.

These shoes were made for walking… Have you experimented with them yet? Let us know what you think.

Feature

  • Integrated ray trace engine by V-Ray

Benefits

  • Out-of-the-box integration
  • Quickly preview photorealistic renders and high quality production renders
  • Visualize complex materials such as fur, fleece and velvet

In our last post, we introduced you to our new Smart Buttons and Smart ZippersWe hope you’ve had time to enjoy them by now and that you’re ready to hear about more exciting new features available in VStitcher 8.0 and Lotta 4.0 like the integrated ray trace engine.

Rendering, Straight Out of the Box

We’ve streamlined the V-Ray rendering process by including its ray trace engine out of the box. This integrated configuration enables you to see – almost instantly – the effects of fur and other complex materials like fleece and raw edges of jeans. It also enables you to visualize the background IBL, ( image based lighting) . Want your avatar to be walking through a jungle? No problem. Changed your mind and want it strolling the avenue? The integrated composition capabilities make this easier than ever before.

No More Waiting

Because we’ve integrated the ray trace rendering into VStitcher, you can render using V-Ray while simultaneously working on your garment. And better yet…you can make and see adjustments and changes as you make them. The days of waiting for renders to complete are over… this integration means your creations will render as you work. Simply hit “refresh” and see the updates appear before your eyes.

Let us know what you think!

Feature

  • Smart Zipper & Buttons

Benefits

  • Easy to assign
  • Fun to design
  • Quick to share

The release of VStitcher 8.0 and Lotta 4.0 has introduced many exciting new features. We wanted to take a closer look at some of them in a series of blog posts over the next few weeks. The first features we’ll highlight are the Smart Zipper and Smart Buttons which enable you to easily assign, design and share a complete zipper or buttons.

Smart Buttons and Zippers

How it Works

Forget everything you knew about the tedious process of measuring edges and making straight lines to line up buttons with their holes or placing a zipper just so. With Browzwear, you simply place the zipper onto a desired location. That’s right…two clicks and your zipper will be automatically applied to the garment, fully functional and inclusive of its main components such as the slider, puller, pull cord, teeth and tape.

It’s so Easy to Add Buttons

Two clicks and to apply both the buttons and the corresponding button holes. Both sides will be incorporated, perfectly aligned for proper buttoning and unbuttoning.

In addition, each smart zipper and button can be customized in many ways and shared and distributed as a complete asset package. Want a different thread color on those buttons? No problem. Looking for pre-loaded zipper? We’ve got five of them…and 11 different buttons, too – each one offering a base with infinite iterations by modifying elements like colors, tape width, textures, and more. Or, of course, you can import your own.

Style the Look

You can button or unbutton that shirt, and zip or unzip those sleeves, with one click. Want to zip it halfway? No problem. With Browzwear, you can see how the fabric, cut and seams move with the closures. In addition to configurable location, you can also configure thread color and other features which can then be cloned or duplicated with a few clicks of the mouse.

So go ahead, try it out and let us know what you think.

Announcing VStitcher 8.0 and Lotta 4.0

Unleashing Unprecedented Creative Power and Shorter Time to Market

We are so pleased to introduce to you the full release of VStitcher 8.0 and Lotta 4.0! We’ve spent countless hours perfecting some amazing new features and tweaking your old favorites for an even better experience. Seeing (and using) is really believing…so we are excited for you to check them out and let us know what you think.

We will dig deeper into some of these features over the next few weeks, but in the meantime, we wanted to highlight some of the ones we are most excited about. These tools enable designers to produce digital garments that look, drape, fit and move almost exactly like real physical garments.

Integrated V-Ray

Seamlessly access Ray Trace renderings, along with background image-based lighting with our integrated Ray Trace engine.

V-Ray Fur

Quickly and easily render high quality, photorealistic images of fur and other complex materials.

Smart Shoes

Complete the look with adjustable smart shoes that work with multiple avatar shapes and types, and can be animated or used in various poses.

Smart Trims

Easily add and share a complete zipper or buttons with new drag and drop smart zippers or buttons. Simply place the zipper or buttons onto a desired location and it will be automatically applied, fully functional and inclusive of its main components such as the slider, pull, teeth, chain and tape. Each smart zipper and button includes full customization parameters and can be shared and distributed as a complete asset package.

Styles in Action

Evaluate fit in motion to see styles in action with our new animation plugin that also enables you to render the animation in Ray Trace – all in one place.

With the new release also enjoy the following:

  • Be confident with your design iterations by easily and intuitively managing your undo/redo actions via the new interactive history pane and simple user interface.
  • Export animations and turntables to easily share online with new GIF support.
  • Import assets from online and cloud-based asset management systems into the asset library, or use the assets supplied by Browzwear. You can also connect your own libraries with the Browzwear Open Platform.
  • Avatar Group View (Labs) – With multiple avatars, seamlessly preview a range of sizes, colorways and poses in 3D. Easily view multiple garments  of one collection side by side or show colorways together.

Simple, Powerful  UI and UX including:

  • Enhanced end-to-end workflow leveraging VStitcher and Lotta from cutline design to manufacture
  • Improved 2D layers UI
  • Improved element ordering (z-index
  • Improved DXF import UI
  • Support for edge assignable trims
  • Easily drag and drop trims for enhanced versatility
  • Additional parametric avatar poses

This groundbreaking release delivers an enhanced end-to-end workflow from cutline design to manufacture with our trusted VStitcher and Lotta. Leveraging 3D to produce digital garments shortens time to market and significantly reduces wasted resources including budget and materials for a better bottom line and a cleaner environment.

Want to hear more? Listen to recordings from our recent webinars.
Ready to get started? Download the new versions now. For Chinese, download here.

Please take a moment to enjoy the short informational video we created to highlight what’s new in VStitcher 8.0 and Lotta 4.0:

We’re excited to introduce two of our interns from Oregon State University. They are based in our Corvallis, OR office and work directly with Browzwear teams to learn 3D Apparel Design  with Browzwear’s VStitcher, Lotta, Stylezone, tech pack, fabric testing, material creation and digitization – necessary tools for a digital end-to-end product creation workflow. In addition, the interns learn to build digital assets, help with fabric testing and assist on client projects. At the end of their internship, they will have their own 3D portfolio project built with VStitcher and Lotta.

Lauren Johnson
Oregon State University, Apparel Design

Browzwear intern Lauren Johnson was born and raised in Albany, Oregon, which is just “down the street” from Corvallis. She attends Oregon State University as a full-time student double majoring in Merchandising management and Apparel Design, and is now entering her senior year. Lauren likes to draw, listen to music, and hang out with her roommate’s cat. When she decides to do something a little more exciting, it’s usually spending time with roommates, friends or her family. Lauren enjoys hiking, playing soccer, thrift shopping (for clothing and home decor), and taking trips to “ma-and-pa” restaurants around Oregon. After her internship ends, she is planning to take a trip to Virginia to see her boyfriend of 5 years. He joined the Navy last year and is now stationed in Little Creek, VA, but is able to visit home every 6 months for about 2 weeks at a time… she can’t wait to see him!

Lauren hopes to gain skills from this internship that enrich her capabilities in the apparel industry. Fit has been one of the more challenging subjects for her in school, so she is excited to use an interactive visual tool to help her understand the mechanics of a garment and also create her “Vision to Reality” project this summer. Lauren first majored in apparel because she likes clothing, but couldn’t necessarily find exactly what she wanted in the stores, so she thought it would be better if she could alter or make make her own clothing. With everything she has learned and hopes to learn in the future, Lauren wants to own her own line of eco-friendly clothing with a sustainable business/production model.

Braden Yokota
Oregon State University, Apparel Design 
Braden Yokota is originally from Portland, Oregon and joined Browzwear part-time in March, 2018.. In the Fall, he will be a Senior studying Apparel Design with a minor in business.

When Braden first started university, he planned on becoming a Mechanical Engineer because he enjoyed playing with any new technology and unique software that he could find. He most enjoyed the process of understanding how machines and technology worked. After one term, he was not enjoying the classes as much as he thought he should, so he searched for a different major that would better fit his interests…and he found Apparel Design. Braden’s interest in Apparel came from the latter half of his middle school years when he lived in Germany, a few steps from a large H&M shop. Braden really enjoys the Apparel Design program and has not regretted the switch, but he does still miss tinkering with technology, and he sees Browzwear as a bridge between his two main interests.

Braden loves working with all of the new technology that he is exposed to through Browzwear. Learning the ins and outs of the software, and tinkering with the Fabric Analyzer and Vizoo imaging box have been a lot of fun for him.


Have you gotten comfortable with our Design in Sizes tool yet? This is one of the tools that we developed especially for all the apparel designers who have struggled to keep costs low while perfecting the scale and positioning of your graphics across all sizes.

Design in Sizes allows you to position your graphics on the 3D virtual garment and then scale and adjust the size and position across multiple sizes in a set. Design in Sizes gives you complete control over the way your graphics are displayed on garments of every size.

To see Design in Sizes in action, check out our short demo video:

For more information, contact us today

On the evening of May 30, more than 300 guests attended our “Inspiring the Digital Revolution” event at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. The hall was filled with amazing energy and ideas as attendees had the opportunity to mingle. We were pleased to welcome some of our ecosystem partners who were able to share their products and tools with everyone in attendance. These partners include Vizoo, Fit3D, Metail, Jeanologia, swatchbook, BeProduct and Kalypso.

Inspiring the Digital Revolution

Throughout the event, attendees also had the opportunity to hear from our special guest speakers. First, we heard from Shaul Cohen, Executive Vice President at Jordache, who shared that 3D is the future of apparel industry and tips for successful 3D integration. Lotta Jurica, Design Director at Adidas, took the stage and brought physical samples of garments she designed in 3D. We were grateful that she showed her design process from sketching and concepting to viewing the garments in 3D. Ada Suneson, VP of Technical Services at PVH, discussed how they are using the software to place graphics, change colorways, and apply patterns. She went on to explain that the 3D garments they create are then used tin virtual showcasing rooms for retail purposes. We also heard from Margarita Pasakarnis, 3D Manager at VF Jeanswear, who showed how she is using 3D to evaluate fit and make design changes. She spoke specifically about using Lotta to design lines on the back pockets of jeans.

Jordache, Adidas, PVH and VF at Browzwear Event

After the presentations, attendees enjoyed the Q&A portion of the event where they were able to have personal conversations with the speakers.

Thank you to everyone who came. We enjoyed hosting you and look forward to seeing you again soon. Check out more of our pictures from the event here. And if you have a moment, we would appreciate your feedback on your experience. We’ve created a short survey to help us make improvements for future events. Please click here to respond.

To be added to our mailing list to receive notifications about upcoming events, please send an email to Hannah at hannah@browzwear-global.com

 

 

After much success with our last student intern project, we asked Mylisa Krueger, another one of our interns, to delve into the ins and outs of designing a plus-sized garment from concept to creation using only Browzwear 3D. She chose her garments and got to work.

“I knew that for this project, I wanted to try something that would be a fit challenge, so I chose a garment that I always found the most ill-fitting,” said Mylisa. “Because of my body type, there are usually many fit issues with mass-produced jumpsuits that usually have too low of a waist, or are too long, have too much bust room, or not enough length in the crotch. I was hoping to finally make a jumpsuit that fits me well and is comfortable.”

First, she created a personalized parametric avatar by plugging in her measurements and visually comparing actual photos of herself and the avatar she created in order to perfect the posture and distribution.

Avatar

Once she created her avatar, she drafted sample base patterns to the parametric measurements and chose the one she liked best to execute in 3D.

She added tested fabric physics and customized her preferred base pattern to the style she liked best and then worked on prototype creation.

sample base patterns

Mylisa prototyped five versions in 3D before printing and sewing it physically. Even though she could see on her screen that the pattern would work well and that it would fit, she was still surprised to see how few changes were needed to perfect the physical garment. Overall, she reported that the design came out great and only required slight alterations once sewn.

3D pattern

 

“As much as I was hoping to sew up a perfect final version, having only one additional alteration is still amazing!” said Mylisa. “I haven’t found a reason to why the top was a little bit loose, but my guess is that it has to do 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.”

Results: Easy-to-do with Browzwear 3D

  • See immediate results from a pattern change
  • Test different fabric types for your garment without ever sewing it up
  • 2D and 3D inputs provide continuous feedback on your pattern adaptations
  • Create a parametric avatar (finally, you can be “outside of yourself” when you are the fit model!)
  • Technical maps to show tension of garments

Avatar bust alterations

“There is really nothing better than seeing your garment come together as quickly as you can think it,” she said “Being able to make adjustments without ever having to sew it up cut out so much guess work and time.”

Mylisa Krueger finished product

To see Mylisa’s full project write up, visit her website.

We are so grateful for the opportunity to have been part of this amazing collaboration between PVH Europe and AMFI. It’s so inspirational to see all of the hard work and results from their wonderfully creative “Product in a Day” challenge. Way to go!

Check out the full video to see how it all came together:

To kick off a creative and productive new year, we are pleased to announce the release of VStitcher 7.9 and Lotta 3.9, which does not require a C2V licensing update. We listened to your feedback and suggestions and have worked hard to incorporate them into this release, where we’ve added several new features and improvements. Check them out and let us know what you think.

Highlights

  • Realistic Edges for Accurate Fit: Improved accuracy of stitch and workmanship, with more realistic and responsive edges create a better overall effect on the garment look and simulation. This improvement perfects edge details in highly stretched garments like swimwear and underwear, and mimics complex edges of combined hems including elastics, for true-to-life overall garment behavior.
  • Interactive Design in Sizes: We’ve made it faster and more intuitive to work with predefined sizes. You can now define a group of sizes to work on interactively, and then save and share it with your team.
  • 3D Styling:  You can easily make adjustments like pinching pants from multiple points, rotating sleeves, or flattening ruched fabric, or use the persistent pinch tool to lock areas during simulation.
  • Bring Layered Garments to Life: We’ve made multi-layering easier by enabling  you to individually style each layer, hide or reorder layers, control gravity, temporarily disable stitches, and more for the most attractive display.
  • Improved UI and UX including:
    • Clone by offset for internal elements which makes it easier to clone and position buttons, trims, embellishments or any other internal element or line.
    • Relax and stretch option to set edge shrinkage in terms of the relaxed and stretched target values or percentages.
    • Advanced snap capabilities so patterns snap during rotation and snap to intersections of internal elements.

Ready to get started? Get in touch with us for a demo or the downloads.


Team Browzwear is always working to ensure an efficient and enjoyable experience for anyone who uses our software. In the latest version, we introduced several UI enhancements for you to benefit from, including:

Smart Guides

You can now align elements to each other or to the parent bounding box, and snap to them. It’s possible to align pieces as well as internal elements.

Dynamic Pivot Point

Easily move the pivot point on elements and pattern pieces to enable precise control over rotation. The dynamic pivot point is available for all element types – pattern pieces, internal lines, artworks and trims.

New Camera View UI

Maximizes the control over the virtual camera by having the camera settings in a centralized location. You can now also import and export presets including camera position, rotation, lens properties and more for better control and a standardized Camera View across teams and organizations.

Glue

enables users to attach internal lines to edges so they grow or shrink simultaneously with edge modifications for cutline creation, measurements and many more CAD related operations.

Converting a Line to an Edge

You can now automatically convert an internal line on a pattern piece into an edge. For example, if you draw an internal line to signify a pattern variation, you can automatically change it into an edge.

To find out more about the new features in the latest versions of VStitcher and Lotta, check out our recent blog post here.


As you’ve heard, VStitcher 7.8 and Lotta 3.8 are making it easier to close the gap on your end-to-end workflow. Another useful feature that has been added in this release is the ability to create Folded Shirt visualizations. To help perfect the design process, brands can easily create a 3D simulation of a folded shirt for an accurate representation of the garment as it will appear when merchandised and sold.

folded shirt closeup

Designers can work directly on the folded shirt design in Lotta to create endless styles by changing colorways, fabrics, seams, buttons, yokes, collars and more. They can also add wrapping and presentation elements like stickers, tags, and plastic collar stays. Seeing the shirt folded offers another perspective for the design process.

Stacked folded shirts

Once designed, brands can use the high quality rendered folded shirt images in their virtual and e-commerce merchandising efforts.