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Swimwear Slopers and Patterns

Julie Cole

Source: Patternmaking with Stretch Knit Fabrics, 2016, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter + STUDIO

A swimsuit is a close-fitting article of clothing used for swimming and sunbathing. It can be one piece or a two-piece bra and panty ensemble. A swimsuit needs to be practical and wearable, and it must stay secure at all times to be swim-ready. To accomplish this, you need to purchase the correct supplies.

Grading Stretch Garments

Kathy K. Mullet

Source: Concepts of Pattern Grading. Techniques for Manual and Computer Grading, 3rd Edition, 2015, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter + STUDIO

Grading garments made of stretch fabrics differs from grading garments made of rigid fabrics when the garments utilize the stretch as part of their fit and function. Garments in this category are actually cut smaller than the body dimensions for the size they are designed to fit. Swimwear, leotards, and unitards are examples of garments that fall into this category (Figure 9.1). These garments are referred to as stretch garments in this text. Fabrics that have enough stretch and recovery utilize

Dancewear on the Catwalk, 1970s–2000s

Katerina Pantelides

Source: Fashion Photography Archive, 2015, Fashion Photography Archive

Article

This article describes the influence of dance practice and performance clothing on fashion ca.1970–2005. It begins with an exploration of historic correspondences between fashion and dance, and then considers how the so-called “dance boom” in 1970s New York, which flooded both the City and fashion editorial pages with professional and amateur dancers, inspired fashion designers, photographers, and stylists to blur the boundaries between dance practice wear and quotidian dress. The article also de

Bodysuit, Leotard, and Swimsuit Foundations

Helen Joseph-Armstrong

Source: Draping for Apparel Design, 3rd Edition, 2013, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter

This is an example to follow in creating other designs. Suggestion: Style lines are drawn directly on a traced copy of the bodysuit pattern or put the test fit garment on the form. Draw style lines with washable pen or pin-mark. Remove and transfer style lines to the pattern (do not cut the garment apart).

Knit Designs

Connie Amaden-Crawford

Source: The Art of Fashion Draping, 4th Edition, 2012, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter

There is a free-spirit attitude in knitwear, which exhibits an effortless fusion of relaxed casual sportswear with modern sophistication. Fashioning knits allows the designer to create looks that offer super-feminine, whimsical design, an element of nostalgia, or a buoyant sporty look.

Figure Skating Dress and Costume

Moira F. Harris

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Global Perspectives, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

Encyclopedia entry

The earliest dress for an ice-skater was basic winter-weather gear. Coats or jackets, pants or skirts, mittens or gloves, and hats or scarves protected skaters from the cold and damp. Early paintings and prints give evidence of these choices. In the nineteenth century concerns for health and fitness led to an interest in outdoor recreation. In many cities clubs were formed, and outdoor rinks were planned and built in parks. Clothing intended for skaters’ use was increasingly available. Competitio

Competitive Ballroom Dance

Jonathan S. Marion

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Global Perspectives, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

Encyclopedia entry

Competitive ballroom costuming facilitates and maximizes the artistic and expressive impact of competitors’ dancing. It is meant to accentuate the movements of dancers’ performances and enhance the artistic images being produced. Artistic costume on the one hand, ballroom dress serves simultaneously as functional athletic wear that must stand up to the physical rigors and stresses involved in the tremendous movement and motion competitors produce. Balancing art and athletics, and in line with spe

Ballroom Practice Dress

Jonathan S. Marion

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Global Perspectives, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

Encyclopedia entry

Competitive costuming is designed and constructed to enhance the visual impact produced by ballroom competitors’ dancing. The rhinestones, feathers, lace, ruching, fabrics, accessories, and all-around tailoring that make a great competition outfit, however, come at a price in cost, weight, and durability. As a result, dancers do not wear their expensive and elaborate costumes throughout the hundreds and thousands of hours they train and rehearse. At the same time, however, they cannot invest all

Early Superhero Comic Book Costumes

Jonathan S. Marion and James Scanlan

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. Global Perspectives, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

Encyclopedia entry

What collectors and historians know as the Golden Age of comics began with the debut of Superman in 1938, quickly followed by other superheroes including Batman, the Human Torch, and Namor in 1939, Captain Marvel in 1940, and Captain America and Wonder Woman in 1941. Although comic books outside the superhero genre remained popular, the burgeoning popularity of superheroes coincided with and reflected social shifts in art, politics, social mores, and sartorial technology. DC and Marvel—which by t

Costume for Dance

Helena Wulff

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. West Europe, 2010, Berg Fashion Library

Encyclopedia entry

The appearance of the tutu (a stiff, delicate ballet skirt made of tulle), together with pointe shoes (which enable ballerinas to dance on pointe, that is, on the tip of their toes) in 1832 in Paris marked the turning point for costumes used for different types of dance in West Europe. Dance costumes have been included in chronological accounts listing ballet and contemporary dance production credits and have also been studied as costumes and garments in their social and cultural contexts, often

Bodysuits, Leotards, and One-and Two-Piece Swimsuits

Keith Richardson

Source: Designing and Patternmaking for Stretch Fabrics, 2008, Fairchild Books Library

Book chapter

This chapter covers development of patterns for bodysuits, leotards, and one-piece and two-piece swimsuits. The slopers may be created from scratch or developed from the catsuit sloper. The leotard sloper may be used to create leotards, bodysuits, or any top with panty attached, as well as one-piece swimsuits. Panties and swimsuit bottoms are also covered in this chapter, but will need a separate sloper. Since there is nothing anchoring the top of the swimsuit, it behaves like a one-way stretch.

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