Browzwear and FIT Event: Discover the Power of 3D


3D is a disruptive technology that has transformed so many industries, but does it meet the unique needs of apparel design, development and merchandising? Please join FIT, Browzwear, and leading industry experts on February 28th for an informative evening that will answer this question and more. Along with our customers and partners, we’ll introduce you to into the world of 3D for apparel.

You’ll hear leading industry and technology experts from Lululemon, Walmart and Global Brands explain how 3D takes them from vision to reality for a complete digital workflow. Meet professionals who have already embarked on the road to 3D and learn from their experience over wine and hors d’oeuvres.

Friday February 28, 2017 (Tuesday)

Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) Katie Murphy Amphitheater

6:00 – 7:00 | Registration, cocktails and networking
7:00 – 8:30 | Learn about the 3D Journey: Lululemon, Walmart, Global Brands
8:30 – 9:30 | Explore the technology in action and meet our partners

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Visualizing the Grain Line in True-to-Life 3D

The way fabric pieces are cut in relation to the fabric grain line has a big impact on the way a garment looks. While you’re designing or making the pattern using 3D software, you should be able to see the effect accurately in the 3D simulated garment.

For example, take this long T-shirt. The bias-cut drapes softly. The straight-cut is stiffer, and there are fewer folds in the fabric.

Straight Cut

Straight Cut

Bias Cut

Bias Cut

What is the Grain Line?

The grain line is the direction of the weave in which the thread runs the entire length of the fabric and is parallel to the salvage.  For fashion designers and pattern makers, it refers to the way a pattern is cut when it’s laid out on the fabric, which affects the way the final garment stretches and drapes.

When a “straight cut” is used, that means the grain line is parallel to the vertical thread (the warp) of the fabric.  This is the most common placement.


In the “bias cut”, the piece is cut 45 degrees in relation to the vertical thread in the fabric. The bias cut is most often used in evening wear, bridal gowns, couture and other high-end garments.  Bias-cut garments have a softer look with more ripples.

True-to-Life 3D Grain Line Simulation

Since the bias-cut is typically more costly, it’s important to visualize the effect and evaluate the benefits before manufacturing. With true-to-life 3D, that’s possible. Here you see the same dress, with the same fabric on the same model – once straight cut, and once cut on the bias. With vSticher, it’s simply a matter of indicating on the pattern how the fabric should be cut.


Straight Cut

Straight Cut

Bias Cut

Bias Cut

VF and UNCG are training the next generation of fashion profressionals with Browzwear 3D


A few excepts from VF”s exciting announcement – read the full press release here.

VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC), a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories, today announced that its Jeanswear division is partnering with the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) to bring innovative 3D design technology to the school’s Department of Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies to help prepare students for careers in the apparel and retail industries. VF’s Jeanswear business includes its Wrangler® and Lee®brands.

The innovative technology provides students with a unique, hands-on opportunity to learn state-of-the-art techniques and processes used in the areas of apparel design, production and merchandising. The software enables patternmakers and designers to mimic the real-life process of designing and developing products, which means garments can be made in a few hours, as opposed to the weeks it takes to make physical samples, helping companies save time, money and resources.

The 3D software at the center of this partnership is provided by Browzwear, a specialist in 3D simulation for the apparel and fashion industries.