Half-scale: pattern drafting, muslin mock-ups, and garments have been utilized throughout the history of apparel design for various reasons. New possibilities of how traditional half-scale use can be reinterpreted to suit the needs of the digital user are of interest, especially to those involved in online design studios. The purpose of this pilot study was to first work in half scale to: (a) flat pattern an ensemble, (b) mock up the muslin, and (c) digitize the pattern pieces and engineer the textile print. Then print and construct the ensemble in full scale to analyze the translation of half scale to full scale and to measure the ease and practicality of the half scale digitizing process. This practice based study proposes a model for the online designer to use common design software to develop an alternative approach to digitizing patterns which will allow for quicker design time and more designer responsibility.
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