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3. Circular fashion

  1. Design and prototype with paper and scissors modular configurations and locking connections. Document the paper prototypes
  2. Run tests of laser cutting of your designs in fabric and document the parameters for the chosen fabric.
  3. Design and Document the process.
  4. Laser cut the modules. Create a modular or seamless garment, showing that the connection is well designed and holds the pull/stretch of a garment. Document the assembly process and tests.
  5. Upload the open source file in pdf, in correct scale with 1-5 pictures at ( (preferably in white background)
  6. EXTRA POINT Submit some of the modules to the analog or digital material library of the lab. (20cm *20cm aprox)


Iris Van Herpen, Hypnosis, Fall 2019

Hussein Chalayan, Bubble Dress, Spring 2007

For this week, I wanted to create a rounded shape pattern that would give volume to the garment once assembled. To do so my pattern is a disk that can be folded in two to add volume, and assembled with others disks thanks to straps.
I started doing a quick and dirty prototype of with paper and cutter :

The rounded straps were definitely not solid. That is why I made the straps in a diamond shape in the next iteration :

I designed my pattern in Rhino with the following steps :

Draw a circle

Draw the first strap along the circle with Osnap enabled
Replicate the strap with the Symetry command
Add the third strap

Apply the command Curve Boolean
Result of Curve Boolean

Add holes to insert the straps
Final pattern

Afterwards, I laser cut the pattern on felt. I used the following parameters for the machine with two passes :

Parameter Value
Power 35
Frequency 100

This first batch made me realize the holes were incorrectly placed. There was indeed not enough space to fold the disk.

I quickly redesigned it (the file is available here) and launched a second batch of laser cut on fabric. I used a thin cotton fabric with the same parameters but in one pass only.

Here is how I assemble the modular seamless pattern :

Start with 2 disks

Insert the first strap in the hole
Insert the second strap in the hole
Create a line of disks

Create fold half of the disk
Assemble several lines with the third strap

Now it's time to make a garment !

See the project on OS Circular Fashion.

Last update: 2022-01-13