Considerate Design

Considerate Design challenges traditional design processes to develop personalised fashion products

Personalised Knitwear

Personalised Knitwear

Seamless garment knitting for comfort and personalised fit utilising advanced knitting technology.

Led by Prof.Sandy Black and Dr.Penelope Watkins , this project addresses the use of 3D body scan data for extraction of precise body measurements and translation into 2D CAD design systems integrated with industrial knitting machines. Its final aim is the direct 3D production of seam free knitwear with enhanced fit and customisation.

The issue of sustainability is addressed, by producing individual garments on demand and by choosing wool as a sustainable and versatile product that will be responsibly sourced, for comfort and performance .

The project will develop personalised fashion through the design development of upper body garments utilising stitch construction through designs using Stoll machinery. Prof. Black’s expertise in knitwear design and technology is combined with Dr. Watkins’ expertise on measurement analysis for stretch garment fit and for comparative evaluation of design process.

The contribution to the Considerate Design process includes personalised garment fit to user requirements, efficient use of materials by minimising waste, reduction in labour costs for assembly, reduced overheads, localised ‘on demand’ production for bespoke service, and greater comfort contributing to longer use.

The project is part of the research initiative Designing for the 21st Century funded by the research councils AHRC and EPSRC.

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