Nancy Yi Liang is a unique designer. She brings code to life by converting code into physical objects like dresses. This is the future of custom made dresses. Her blog walks us through all the steps from the first sketch to the final product: the amazing, customized dress. Her project plays with perspective and digital manufacturing techniques like sewing simulation, 3D modeling, laser cutting.
Nancy starts with sketching the design on paper. Yes, paper is still important. Next, she moves into the digital domain to create an accurate 3D model of the wearer. Nancy uses Make Human, the free and open source software to create realistic 3D humans.
Next, she uses Marvelous Designer, which allows you to create beautiful 3D virtual clothing. From basic shirts to complicated dresses, Marvelous Designer can virtually replicate fabric textures and physical properties to the last button, fold, and accessory. This allows Nancy to design the cutting patterns, and then shows her how to drape the
fabric around the human 3D model to check the fit. She drew the 2D pattern, defined the sewing lines and then simulated it in the software. The heat maps that comes with the package shows where the garment is tight and where it is loose!
Next, Nancy uses the online graph calculator Desmos to put together a mathematical design-pattern from inverse sine functions. She then imports them in Blender, the 3D garment modeler. She then imported the pattern file into Inkscape to generate the vector files needed for laser cutting.
She then went to a laser-cutting place and had the garment cut. Later, she sewed the garment at home. You can see the final dress below.
If you are interested in more details or in making your own dress, check out her blog here for details.