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Importing a DXF File

Arranging Patterns in the 3D Window

Adding Knife Pleats to the Skirt

Sewing the Side Seams of the Skirt

Simulation With Strengthen

Simulation With Unstrengthen

Changing the Avatar Pose

Hiding the Internal Lines

 

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- This tutorial will cover how to make a skirt with knife pleats.

- This is a Women’s skirt. Load a female Avatar from the Library.

- Navigate to and double click on the default folder named Avatar in the Library. Thumbnails of Avatars will appear—double click on or drag and drop either female Avatar into the 3D Window.


Importing a DXF File

- Import the file, Knife_Pleats.dxf, for this exercise. (Download the practice files before starting this tutorial.)

- To do so, navigate to the CLO Tutorial folder, which was previously added in the Introduction to CLO tutorial, within the Library. Go to C_Details, then h_Adding Pleats. Double click on the file, Knife_Pleats.dxf, or drag and drop it into either the 3D or 2D Window.

- If the practice folder has not been added to the Library, navigate to File > Import > DXF (ASTM/AAMA). Locate the file, Knife_Pleats.dxf, and click Open to import the file.

- Set the units to mm and select AUTO TRACE INTERNAL LINES. Then, click OK to finish importing the skirt.

Arranging Patterns in the 3D Window

  • Arranging the Waistband Patterns With Arrangement Points

    - Turn on the Arrangement Points. Hover over the  Avatar Display icon—the second icon in the Vertical View Toggle Menu—and click on  Show Arrangement Points, which is the second icon in the horizontal Avatar Display series. Blue dots, the Arrangement Points, will appear on the Avatar in the 3D Window.


    - Place the waistband Patterns on the Arrangement Points located at the front and backside of the Avatar’s waist.

  • Arranging the Skirt Pattern With the Gizmo Tool

    - Because the skirt Pattern is very wide, the front and back skirt Patterns will overlap if they are arranged with Arrangement Points. There is a higher chance of collision and Simulation instability when large portions of Patterns overlap each other. To avoid this, use the Gizmo tool to place the front and back skirt Patterns around the Avatar.


Adding Knife Pleats to the Skirt

  • Assigning Fold Angles With the Pleats Fold Tool

    - Select the  Pleats Fold tool from the 2D Toolbar. Set the direction the pleats fullness will be folded towards. To do so, click on the 2D grid next to the skirt Patterns and move the mouse—an arrow will follow the cursor, indicating the direction that the pleats will be folded. Making sure the arrow crosses over the entire skirt Pattern, double click to finish setting the direction. When the Pleats Fold pop-up window appears, select Knife Pleats and click OK.

  • Sewing Pleats With the Pleats Sewing Tool

    - Select the mceclip3.png Pleats Sewing tool from the 2D Toolbar. Start Sewing by clicking on one end of the waistband and click again once the mouse has reached the end of the Pattern. This is the first half of the seam. For the second half of the seam, click on the starting point of the skirt and click again once the mouse has reached the end of the Pattern to complete Sewing.

    - Make sure the direction the Sewing Lines are being established in follow the direction that the pleats fullness will be folded towards.

Sewing the Side Seams of the Skirt

- Use the mceclip4.png Segment Sewing tool from the 2D Toolbar to sew the side seams of the skirt Patterns. Be mindful of the Directional Notches while sewing so as not to twist any Sewing Lines.

Simulation With Strengthen

- Strengthen adds a temporary stiffness to Patterns and helps create crisply folded pleats. Navigate to the 2D Toolbar and select the mceclip5.png Transform Pattern tool. Click and drag over all the Patterns in the 2D grid. Ensure that all Patterns are fully encompassed within the marquee box. Right click on one, and select Strengthen from the pop-up menu. The Patterns will appear orange in the 3D Window to indicate they have been Strengthened.

- Activate  Simulate and the pleats will fold sharply and precisely.


Simulation With Unstrengthen

- Unstrengthen the skirt Patterns when the pleats finish Simulating. To Unstrengthen the Patterns, select all of them, right click on one, and select Unstrengthen from the pop-up menu. The Patterns will no longer appear orange in the 3D Window.

- Activate  Simulate again to see the actual drape of the skirt.

Changing the Avatar Pose

- Change the Avatar Pose from A-pose to have her stand at attention.

- To apply the Pose, navigate to and double click on the default folder named Pose in the Library. Thumbnails of Avatar faces will appear—double click on the folder that matches the Avatar in the 3D Window. Double click on or drag and drop the file pose_02_attention.pos to apply the pose.

Hiding the Internal Lines

- To hide the Internal Lines, navigate to and hover over the mceclip7.png 3D Garment Display icon again. Select mceclip8.png Show Internal Lines and the Internal Lines will no longer be visible on the 3D Garment. 

 

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