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Usability of pattern customising technology in the achievement and testing of fit for mass customisation

Phoebe R. Apeagyei (Manchester Metropolitan Unviersity, Manchester, UK)
Rose Otieno (Manchester Metropolitan Unviersity, Manchester, UK)

Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management

ISSN: 1361-2026

Article publication date: 17 July 2007

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Abstract

Purpose

The paper seeks to evaluate and present the usability of one pattern customising technology in the achievement and testing of garment fit.

Design/methodology/approach

This study focuses on the use of 3D technology in the testing of garment fit. It examines the usability of one pattern customising technology in the achievement and testing of fit and presents primary data from experiments on the provision and testing of garment fit of specified size patterns for a jacket and skirt. Findings on virtual and human fit trials and an evaluation of the 3D technology are presented.

Findings

The study found that 3D software for fit provision and testing is still in its infancy, although advancements are currently being made in this area. It establishes that while fit can be virtually tested with 3D technology, its usability is not yet fine‐tuned. It evaluates procedures and presents problematic features of the 3D software. It underscores that although some issues concerning efficient provision and testing of fit still exist, 3D technology overall provides adequate evaluation of fit.

Originality/value

This study highlights areas for fine tuning and provides a basis for further research. While discussing usability of one pattern technology, this paper presents a platform for comparative evaluation of other technology.

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Citation

Apeagyei, P.R. and Otieno, R. (2007), "Usability of pattern customising technology in the achievement and testing of fit for mass customisation", Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management, Vol. 11 No. 3, pp. 349-365. https://doi.org/10.1108/13612020710763100

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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