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Pattern designing using Lectra 3D simulation software

Enter the fashion digital age and explore the possibilities of virtual garment creation using prepared patterns created with Lectra 3D Simulation software. This practical course will guide you step-by-step through the process of virtual pattern design. You'll start with the mannequin wearing a basic style and from there new design lines are created, similar to using a tape or pins on a traditional dress stand. These design lines are then created on the block pattern, ready for further pattern development. Fabric choices, colour and trims are all added in order to visualise a finished garment. Prints are introduced, rescaled and rotated to show the possibilities available prior to actual sampling.

Although no prior experience is necessary, an understanding of basic pattern cutting would be an advantage. Familiarity with Lectra Modaris pattern cutting will also enhance the experience.

Topics covered

  • Visualising a virtual garment
  • Designing on the virtual garment
  • Visualising fabric options
  • Adding prints and experimenting with scale
  • Adding trims and small pieces

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course you will be familiar with 3D simulation and be able to add design lines to a simulated garment and add design lines to the pattern. You will also have the skills to apply different fabric options and apply and rescale prints.

What you need to bring

Notebook and pen, USB stick or hard drive for saving your work

About your tutor: Maggie Stott

Maggie Stott trained as a traditional Pattern Cutter & Designer way back in the 70s and added grading and garment technology to her expertise while in the professional workplace. Having worked on computer pattern cutting systems since 2000 she combines the best of traditional methods with modern technology, so necessary in today’s clothing industry.


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