Almond, Kevin and Power, Jess (2017) Breaking the Rules in Pattern Cutting: An Interdisciplinary Approach. In: IFFTI 2017, 28th-30th March 2017, Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Unpublished)

In higher education the practice of pattern cutting is taught in a variety of ways. This ranges from introducing traditional methods of flat pattern cutting and tailoring, draping materials on the dress stand, to using complex 2D and 3D, pattern development software. Pattern cutting combines knowledge of body measurements and body proportions to create a three-dimensional form, which fits the human shape. It amalgamates empirical knowledge with theoretical approaches that utilize a combination of technical and creative skills. Many fashion students find pattern cutting challenging because it is often presented as a methodical and mathematically complex discipline. Arguably it would have more appeal if presented as a craft underpinned by technical skills that use a set of basic rules and procedures. Once an understanding of the basic rules has been acquired, their manipulation using a variety of techniques should be encouraged. This enables the students to find methods that promote creativity and disrupt conventional approaches.

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