Cotton Incorporated’s new educational CD-ROM, The Art of Garment Manufacturing, gives both apparel professionals and students a concise overview of modern garment-making techniques, including the history of the craft.
Developed by Cotton Incorporated with funding from the Importer Support Program of the Cotton Board, the interactive guide is the ninth in a series of educational CD-ROMs that debuted in 2002.
Lou Protonentis, Director, Product Initiatives, for Cotton Incorporated, comments “The interactive sessions in The Art of Garment Manufacturing CD-ROM were created to provide a working knowledge of apparel manufacturing. This CD enables users to have this knowledge from anywhere they have computer access.”
The CD-ROM opens with a brief segment on the History of Garment Manufacturing, featuring Elias Howe’s invention of the sewing machine progressing through to modern manufacturing. Four subsequent segments cover other key areas:
Garment Components, from thread, closures, zippers, and buttons to findings, trims, and shaping materials.
Markers, Spreading, and Cutting, including pattern engineering, fit models, drafting, reverse engineering, draping, paper patterns, grading, computer-aided design (CAD) and 3-D pattern making using body scanners; spreading, marking, pattern yield and material utilization are also discussed.
Garment Construction, featuring an overview of seams and stitches, and an examination of jeans, T-shirt, and dress shirt construction.
Quality Control, offering fabric quality and grading systems for color, drape, hand, performance, and defects, as well as information on inspection standards.
The CD-ROM also features a glossary of fiber, fabric, and apparel manufacturing terms; a listing of technical reports available by request from Cotton Incorporated, and online links to the Cotton Incorporated website for further information.
Offered for both Windows 2000 or XP PCs and Mac OSX and OS 9, The Art of Garment Manufacturing is available to order at "www.Cottoninc.com/TextileBasicsCDs/ for $25; previous releases in the educational CD-ROM series are also available from Cotton Incorporated at its website.
Cotton Incorporated, funded by U.S. growers of upland cotton and importers of cotton and cotton textile products, is the research and marketing company representing upland cotton. The Program is designed and operated to improve the demand for and profitability of cotton.