Fit for purpose? Pattern cutting and seams in wearables development

Sarah Kettley, Tina Downes, Karen Harrigan, Martha Glazzard

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    This paper describes how a group of practitioners and researchers are working across disciplines at Nottingham Trent University in the area of Technical Textiles. It introduces strands of ongoing enquiry centred around the development and application of stretch sensors on the body, focusing on how textile and fashion knowledge are being reflexively revealed in the collaborative development of seamful wearable concepts, and on the tensions between design philosophies as revealed by definitions of purpose. We discuss the current research direction of the Aeolia project, which seeks to exploit the literal gaps found in pattern cutting for fitted stretch garments towards experiential forms and potential interactions. Normative goals of fitness for purpose and seamlessness are interrogated and the potential for more integrated design processes, which may at first appear 'upside down', is discussed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)247-256
    Number of pages10
    JournalDigital Creativity
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010


    • Communities of practice
    • Craft
    • Interaction design
    • Textiles knowledge
    • Wearable computing

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
    • Human-Computer Interaction
    • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
    • Computational Theory and Mathematics


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