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.

Browzwear was proud to sponsor the 2018 AATCC Concept 2 Consumer® Student Design Competition. More than 100 students from 23 colleges and universities submitted 93 entries to the competition with the theme: All Day Adventures in Activewear. The challenge was for students to design a line for a specific outdoor or indoor athletic activity (cycling, running, group fitness, hiking, etc.) that could then transition to everyday wear.

We awarded the first place winner a Macbook Pro with a one year VStitcher software license and a paid internship from Browzwear and the second place winner, a one year VStitcher software license and a paid internship from Browzwear. Two honorable mentions received a VStitcher license as well.

So let’s meet the winners of the competition who came to learn from and work at Browzwear as interns…

Cecily Ripley: 1st Place Winner, University of Wisconsin – Stout

Cecily is an Apparel Design and Development student at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, minoring in (and with a passion for) Sustainable Design. She spent 10 weeks interning with us at the Browzwear office in Corvallis. Cecily is in her third and final year in the Apparel program and is expected to graduate in May 2019. One of Cecliy’s career goals is to change the way consumers think of sustainable design and how industry approaches it. She is excited to see how 3D design can potentially be used to reduce waste in the fashion industry. Some of her other passions and hobbies include music, art, and being outdoors. She is a dog person and goat owner. Cecily enjoys all things food and is obsessed with travel. She recently saw the ocean for the first time EVER and she says her life is forever changed. To see Cecily’s personal portfolio, click here.

Sarah West: 2nd Place Winner, University of Arkansas

Sarah West is pursuing a Master’s degree in Apparel Merchandising and Product Development at the University of Arkansas. Her research includes 3D body scanning, 3D printing and 3D apparel design, and her thesis involves form-fitting hard plate body armor for female police officers. Sarah likes to design costumes and spend time with her 2-year-old son, Roland Aurelius. She really enjoys 3D modeling and designing and took it upon herself to also learn traditional 3D softwares like Rhino and Blender. Sarah is most excited to work with 3D assets in Browzwear and to use the software for some 3D apparel design and modeling for her thesis. During her 10-week Fall semester internship, Sarah worked closely with our team to expand our existing libraries, and to build 3D assets for the Browzwear community to use. To see Sarah’s portfolio, click here.

 

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.

Multilayered Material

The Browzwear team is pleased to introduce some exciting new features in the latest versions of Lotta and VStitcher. Among them, is the new Multi-Layered Material option which enables  you to split or stack multiple fabrics or seam textures for manipulation within Browzwear. Once created, the layers can be moved, rotated or scaled independently or as a group.

Simplifying All-Over Prints for Production

The new feature allows you to layer an all-over print graphic on top of a base fabric, and then control each of the layers independently. This gives you full design control over your all-over print right from VStitcher or Lotta. In addition, you can design a garment and flag the all-over print, allowing all of the technical information to be exported as part of the Browzwear Tech Pack.

The Mélange Makeover

The Multi-Layered Material feature is also ideal for mélange fabric. You can more easily create a mélange by defining multiple layers starting with a base and added additional layers for each

Thread color on top. Import your thread design into VStitcher or Lotta, and then define the blends and manipulate the order of the layers to achieve an endless variety of effects.

How Multilayered Seams Stack up

For a complete digital workflow, the multi-layered seams provide an accurate representation of how a garment looks for merchandising and sales. By creating effects including puckering, shadows, and stacking multiple types of seams (e.g. with different colored threads) in 3D and making them an integral part of the design, you can continue to make changes – such as colorways – and still leverage the 3D effects.

Multilayered Materials and the Complete Digital Workflow

For merchandising, the multi-layered material feature helps you achieve more realistic results by layering on top of normal maps and specular maps. With the Overlay and Multiply modes, you can control the transparency of each layer and the way the layers blend.

To find out more about the latest version of VStitcher and Lotta, read our recent blog post.

Introducing VStitcher 7.8
The Browzwear team has been working hard to improve your user experience and we’re pleased to announce the release of VStitcher 7.8 and Lotta 3.8. We added several new features and improvements that we know you will enjoy.

Some of the most exciting new additions include:

Multi-Layered Materials

For all-over prints, melanges and complex stitches

With this release, VStitcher introduces the very first 3D solution for complex multi-layer materials. Simply define a group of fabric or seam layers and from then on, you can manipulate the group just like a single material or edit each layer separately. You can create complex textures that are even more true-to-life, like a melange fabric or the inseam on a pair of jeans. With multi-layer materials, designing in 3D is faster and more flexible than ever before.
Layered material drag and drop layers

3D Folded Garment View (Labs)

Vstitcher and Lotta now include a flexible template for displaying your designed garment, folded. The Labs template includes a folded, button-down shirt with several display options including collars, buttons and more.

Folded shirt options

Simulation Improvements

The latest versions of VStitcher and Lotta feature simulation improvements to performance, pleats and folds, and complex, layered garments.

Expanded API for Costing

The Open Platform API now integrates with costing engines and proprietary costing calculators. After the integration is enabled, you can display the price of a garment in real time, as it’s being developed.

Export Measurement Charts

Quickly export points of measurement CSV charts for manufacturing and production for all garment sizes.

Smart Guides

Our new alignment guides help you align shapes in relation to each other in real time transformation.

Dynamic pivot points for pattern pieces and shapes

Move the pivot point on shapes and pattern pieces for more control over rotation, positioning and resizing.

 

Rotation by pivot point

UI Improvements

We have made a bunch of improvements to the interface including fabric physics search, print keyboard shortcut, 3D view camera rotation and editing and sharing camera parameters.

More Fluent CAD Changes

Changes include converting internal lines to edges, making slices to symmetrical pieces, “folding” of pattern pieces and glueing internal lines to edges.

Improved DXF Import

We’ve made it easier to read even more varieties of CAD files in DXF, AAMA and ASTM formats, including grading information and more.

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

Design flow: From sketch to 3D garment (left) to real (right)

Design flow: From sketch to 3D garment (left) to real (right)

 

Creating a Virtual 3D Prototype

Recently, we challenged Browzwear student intern Alyssa Kiriakedis of Oregon State University, to create a virtual garment prototype in Browzwear’s VStitcher that could eventually be compared to a sewn sample, fitted specifically to her own body. She first created an avatar based off of her own body measurements and shape. She then drafted garment patterns, observed fit issues seen on her 3D prototypes, and adjusted her garment patterns accordingly.

Avatar Creation Process

Fabric Testing and Garment Construction

Alyssa tested the specific fabrics she planned to use for constructing the garment and brought their physical properties into VStitcher to ensure her 3D prototype was displaying the proper physical attributes.

Prototype Progression

After achieving the desired 3D prototype, she printed her garment patterns in full-scale and sewed a real-life prototype, which enabled her to observe the accuracy and effectiveness of a 3D apparel development process.

Final pattern and Prototype

The Final Result: True-to-Life 3D

Going into the project, Alyssa was not sure that the final garment would turn out the way she imagined.

“I had done my best at creating an avatar accurate to my body and creating a 3D prototype that fit my avatar; however, with no real-life samples I couldn’t physically check that my work was accurate,” Alyssa said. “Once I reached the final stage of the project and constructed my garments, I was thrilled to find that not only did they fit me, but they also draped quite similarly to how the program had portrayed them in 3D.”

Alyssa says that working through her project instilled trust in the 3D development process and got her excited to experiment more with the potential of 3D in the apparel industry.
To read more about Alyssa’s project or to see screenshots and images, visit her portfolio site

Sewn Garment Views with 3D Render

Sewn Garment Views (images on the left) with 3D Render (far right)

Fabric folds are present in many of the garments we wear every day. Collars or lapels are the most common garment attributes for a fold application, but cuffs, hems and other casual neckline designs can utilize folding.

The construction and execution of the fold has a big visual impact on the garment design. Dress shirt collars have a very crisp and stiff fold, while turtlenecks and polo collars have a casual and soft fold. Each of these folds match the overall garment design and fabrication.

Browzwear’s software offers 3 options to create the fold finish to match your garment. The folding options can be applied to your fold line and will affect the final simulated result of your 3D fold.  It’s easy to switch between the fold finishes as you are designing in the software to choose the option that’s best for your garment.

Soft foldSoft Fold:  A soft fold line will produce a very casual looking result. It can be used on polos with a casual rib collar, jackets or sweatshirts with thicker or fluffier fabric, or button up shirts with less structure (think Hawaiian shirts).

Example of a soft fold

Sharp FoldSharp Fold:  The visual result of the sharp fold will have a crisp, ironed look.  This fold is normally used for formal dress shirts and suit jackets.

Example of a sharp fold

 

Normal FoldNormal Fold:  Landing somewhere in between soft and sharp, the normal fold line is very versatile and will produce an intentional fold without the formality of the sharp fold.  This fold type can be used across casual, sportswear, and formal garments.

Example of a normal fold

 

We’re pleased to announce the release of VStitcher 7.6 and Lotta 3.6.  In addition to the very exciting addition of SmartDesign, there are new features and improvements in this release that we would like to share with you.

In this release we are also introducing Browzwear Labs, early access to new features that are still in development.  Please try them and send us your feedback!

Highlights:

  • New user experience for materials including a hoverboard Color Picker, Image Editor and Geometry Editor.
  • Fluent user experience for Pen Tool: Edit, add and remove points while drawing, with a single tool!
  • New hanger avatars: Simulate garments on a hanger with two native hanger avatars.
  • Blending mode for materials (labs): Apply overlay blending of layers such as artwork and wash effects over fabric.
  • Blender cloud rendering (labs): Render garments in the cloud and continue to work freely using an integration with RenderStreet (license required).

And there is much more!

Click here for the complete release notes.

Click here to download the new versions.

We’re excited to announce SmartDesign, a creative new approach to fashion design.

SmartDesign brings every aspect of a garment – from silhouettes and trims, to fabrics and workmanship – together into smart templates so you can experience a vast array of design variations with a click.  See for yourself!

Fast and Fluent Design

Design a single garment or a complete collection more quickly and fluently than ever. You’re in control with Smart Templates that are pre-configured to include everything you need. Make and save as many variations as you like, even transfer your designs from one silhouette to the next in real-time.  Do you want to see how that all-over print would look on a tighter fit, with bell sleeves or a hoodie? Now you can!

Design for Manufacturing and Calendar

Design for Manufacturing is finally a reality. With the ability to configure your own Smart Templates, you know that every design can be manufactured according to specification.

Design to Cost

Eliminate errors and unnecessary samples. Smart Templates include not only your materials and trims, but also predefined metadata like cost and manufacturing lead time, so you can maximize creativity, while staying on time and within budget.

Learn More!

Whether you are a 3D expert, or taking your first steps on this journey, you’ll want to experience the power of SmartDesign. We’re also here to help you define a strategy and get SmartDesign implemented for your organization.

Contact us to get started