She’s a 1950 Singer 201–2 model sewing machine (Serial # AJ-450.417) that I just purchased from a nice family at a local yard sale!Read More»
After a stunning eight months of downtime, I’m proud to announce that the Brass & Mortar site is back up! There will definitely be some clean-up involved in this transition to a new host, but once everything is resolved, there will be some major updates to inform you about regarding the business, the workshop, and more!
In regards to my post on the Smart Bespoke Digital Tailoring System, I’ve already had a couple people ask me the question:
Why are you against people licensing and protecting their sewing patterns under copyright to protect from theft or unwanted reselling?
This is a very important point to bring up, and to answer that, I need to reply with a question:Read More»
There’s a project I’ve been formulating for the last two years that I want to start giving more priority to accomplishing. I want to make a free, virtual cutting and fitting software application whose goal would be to eliminate the need for fittings but could be adapted into the traditional bespoke workflow. It would utilize a combination of 2D drafting, and 3D scanning and rendering software, and be licensed under the GNU/GPL.
The workflow would go like this: A cutter would scan their customer’s body directly or receive the data from a remote location, and generate a virtual mannequin of the customer. The cutter could then choose and apply any number of drafts from a database. The tailor could make alterations virtually: posture correction, disproportion, neck-point, balance, ironworking, fishes and darts, button placement, amount/shape of chest and underarm padding, shoulder-point padding, and even select and test different types of canvases and haircloth to see how each would affect the drape of the cloth, using a virtual physics engine. An optional “rock of eye” mode could allow free-form drawing of chalk-lines. After everything’s completed, the cutter could present the artwork to the customer for sign-off. The software would also generate a cloth layout with all of the appropriate inlays. It would even generate a price estimate for the materials needed for the suit to aid in making a quote, based off of current market values and participating cloth merchants.
Rather than taking tape measurements and eyeballing abnormalities, the 3D mapping would allow a much more precise cut than could ever be achieved through traditional methods. All of this means allowing the cutter much more control over the design while drastically reducing the amount of time, labor, and skill required. This would allow for more local tailors to spring up and compete with the stranglehold of factory-made MTM and RTW suits. Byebye Wallyworld.
I’ve decided on the name I’m going to give the system: Smart Bespoke™.
The software itself would be licensed under GNU/GPL, ensuring its availability to everyone—from the individual home-tailor to the established tailoring house. Everything from the rendering engine to the resulting patterns would be completely free to use, alter and share. This means that the long-standing tradition of the free usage and exchanged of designs would be protected and upheld.
Of course, this software does very little if one does not have the skills required to properly make a garment. The drafts themselves are of little significance as they have existed for centuries; the quality of workmanship in the resulting garments is everything.
Hot off of Craig’s List:
Custommade.com is looking for someone who is a talented artisan or craftsperson to join our juried site for custom work. Please reply with your website or images of your work for review. We would be delighted to hear from you!
SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY PLEASE!
- Location: Reno
- Compensation: Depending on performance
- Principals only. Recruiters, please don’t contact this job poster.
- Please, no phone calls about this job!
- Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.
Sounds good right? So I go to the site, take a look, and they want you to pay $1.00 to sign up for an annual membership. Not what I was expecting, as it’s not an actual job position, which raised my finely-tuned spam indicator. But, the site looked interesting so I decided to check it out and find out what other people are saying about it.Read More»