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.

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.