This project seeks to harness new technologies to create pattern blocks for clothing that better reflect the individual’s size, shape and proportion. Currently pattern block creation is a predominantly manual process which applies one of a number of established methods, these methods however are limited, reliant on proportions and require correction at a fitting stage to create the desired individual fit. Body scanning provides a means to collect more in depth data of the body and this can be used in place of proportions to construct pattern blocks. We have developed initial prototypes for automated pattern block creation using our own software and also within commercial software (Lectra Modaris Expert). This PhD would focus on further development of the software, identification of key components of pattern construction and focus on testing the theories of pattern to person relationships. Through exploration and experimentation this PhD would seek to enable enhanced body driven patterns to be constructed and identify how data from body scanning can improve pattern outcomes. The candidate would work closely with the Apparel Design Engineering group and explore industry collaborations as part of the PhD. Some familiarity with pattern making systems is desirable.
Applicants should have or expect to achieve at least a 2.1 honours degree disciplines such as Fashion Technology, Industrial Design, Engineering. The PhD is 3 years in duration and the proposed start date is September 2019.