The 30-day Design Challenge 2.0
[DAY 09-16/30]
The 30-day Design Challenge 2.0
[DAY 09-16/30]
Continue to share the knowledge of accessible functional design together with INTERN Techwear Corp, we are happy to announce these review articles on their new 30-day Design Challenge 2.0 which will be released in 4 parts with quick explanations from interns, their pictures and links to project logs.
Their team are already embarked on the 30-day DIY Design Challenge round 2, creating a new product from scratch, each and every day (or two) for an entire month! Taking requests from the community, they aim to share as much as possible behind the process of design, methods, tools, tricks, feats and failures.
So here is the part II from day 09 to day 16 where guys already created @geometrieva kimono, modular edc pack, altered carbon shirt, seam taped windbreaker, @bradders.baracuda pants, tactical kangaroo pocket sling pack and shared their method of sizing and fitting.

Read more details below, follow their social media and don't forget to challenge them by yourself!
KIMONO [09/30]
"A couple months ago, we started a conversation with @geometrieva about doing a redux of the hospital gown that she obtained from Mount Elizabeth Hospitals. Unfortunately we didn't have the time to tackle it back then, but with the 30 day challenge - the opportunity to explore our ever expanding list of ideas is finally here. Geometrieva sent us some photos of the gown as well as some notes on design changes. Essentially our objective was to create a more functional version of the garment by adding waist adjustability for shape, and to add pockets.

On our side of exploration, we wanted to bring something more unique to the table. We decided to play with different pocket interactions, as well as some glow in the dark fabric that was sent by a company called Romrol (from Hong Kong) that we met in Taiwan earlier this year. They've sent us some other cool things that we'll be showcasing soon enough. What came out at the end of the day was a fully reversible "hospital gown" With one side being a waterproof 3 layer fabric from Toray, and the glow fabric from Romrol. The project became a little more complex than what we started with, but we're pretty pleased with the result nonetheless".

Follow the link to project log for the build.
"For day 10 we're going to discuss garment size, fit, and patterning for the body. Making things fit – this has been a primary quest of ours here at INTERN these past couple years.

We've been working in the shadows, speaking with experts, and travelling the globe to build out an entirely new approach to technical patterning and garment design. We've built everything around the data, (over 100 measurement points on 100,000's of humans were aggregated from dozens of large scale anthropometric studies). We've mapped the relationships between surgical lines, muscle movement, body density, lines of non-extension... even interactions with the somatosensory system are considered.

Today for the first time we're going to show the world what we've been cooking up. Introducing the INTERN TARPA Fit System! This is going to be a long one, so we've broken it into three parts (all at the same imgur link below):

– Mapping Body Size and finding the Median Human
– Garment relationship to Body Size
– Patterning Garments for Fit and Movement".

Follow the link to project log for the build.
"As a change of pace, we're going to hand the wheel over to one of INTERN's Interns to explore a concept of their own today!

They decided to work around the theme of modularity, with a little bit of a personal challenge creating straps. We'll let them take this opportunity to talk about the way we go about making simple finished bags here at INTERN. The EDC pack they came up with is based on a Military Medic Assault Pack, and it's a great starting place for any newbie to tackle! This is INTERN's Interns' first attempt at strap construction with a clean finish (no grosgrain we challenged!). He'll show how he used some existing packs we have piled up in The Hoarde as reference. We encourage you guys to look for inspiration within existing brands when you're learning the craft. Taking a look at what you like about a bag or a garment and then asking why and how it's made is really helpful - especially for a beginner!"

Follow the link to project log for the build.
"It wouldn't be a 30 day challenge without an ode to Altered Carbon! We took a detail tucked away from season 1 and used it as the basis for today's post. Altered Carbon was and will always be one of our favourite book series...and while the Netflix adaptation was both hit and miss, we fell in love with the costume direction and clothing aesthetic of the show.

One of the hero pieces that we were inspired by was Takeshi Kovacs' shirt from S01E01. For the most part it's a conventional button up, but the detailing of the high mandarin collar elevated the shirt to match with science fiction convention.

Basing the design off of this collar, we decided to put ourselves in the shoes of technical apparel designers in the year 2300 and created a futuristic work shirt, using high quality technical fabrics, patterning with articulation, and a new type of magnetic closure that is unlike any that have come before it".

Follow the link to project log for the build.
"We wanted to discuss with you an overview about seam taping, and how to approach it in an at-home setting… of course it would be much easier to have a 10-20K taping machine in your garage, but you can make due with an iron and the right settings just fine.

On the menu is a minimalist, seam taped anorak. Getting a good result is more about pairing the right fabrics with the right glues, and the right settings. It's very hard to choose an off the shelf seam tape and have it be a perfect solution for your 2L or 3L shell. That, compounded with the wrong temperature, pressure and time settings in your production process will lead to delamination, burnt tapes, failed adhesion or a host of other issues. No bueno. This is something we hope to offer as we build out the group buying platform: a shell fabric, paired with the the right seam tape/glues, and instructions on application".

Follow the link to project log for the build.
"We're nearly at the half way mark and we're going to stretch this project out over two days. Todays challenge is a fun one! The other day was browsing instagram and came across the pic above from a user named @bradders.barracuda. We thought it was a fun concept, and a great opportunity to discuss the challenges that exist when translating a 3d concept into a physical sewn sample. Bradders was kind enough to send me some additional pics as well the flatpattern exports from the 3D software he used. I believe this is from MarvelousDesigner, but the process we follow here will be the same for translating any shape you see on your screen to a scale pen and paper drawing.

For part 1 of this project, we're going to take a look at the patterns and show you how to easily transfer on-screen images to patterns without the need of printing! While also discussing a few of the curiosities we encounter commonly when working from a provided 3D concept like this".

Follow the link to project log for the build.
"Day 15 is here at last, and we dive into part 2 of "Bradders Pant", where we explore translating a pattern from 3D concept. We focused on doing as little as we can to correct the shapes of the pattern, so we can see how the software would result in a physical product. Yesterday we took you through drafting out the 3D flat pattern to paper at scale, today were gunna cut-n-sew - and stay up until 630am taping seams… because its cleaner than a topstitch and also, why not!

Massive shoutout to bradders.barracuda on Instagram again for sharing with us all his design for this project. This was a really fun build, lots of tricky geometric angles and weird shapes. This is also his first time seeing one of his concept brought to life! We pickup where we left off in part 1, making small corrections to the line-lengths, construction simplifications, and some very minfor fit tweaks. We decided to use an amazing double-knit fabric from Everest Textiles for this one, used commonly in industry for high-end winter mountaineering gear. It's got a really burly face with an ultra soft and fuzzy fleece-like backing. One of our favorites!

Super stoked with the results of this one, definitely going to come back and make a revision2.0 after the challenge in order to align results better to the original render. But for this this was a perfect explanation of on-screen to physical sample, and the possible errors you may encounter in direction translation without major correction at the drafting table".

Follow the link to project log for the build.
"Intern's intern log: We're over half way through the challenge and it's been an interesting experience working alongside some of the most talented designers i've ever met. The fact that these guys can churn out designs day after day, redraft multiple iterations in the course of hours and be able to execute fully wearable garments blows my mind. Not only that, they've given me the opportunity to come up with my own ideas, such as today's fanny pack. I wanted to design a mini version of my Arc'teryx LEAF courier 15, and my mentors were willing to work with me through every step.

I was challenged to come up with a way to give it a little more pizzazz, so we used a new technical material called Thindown to create an insulated hand warmer in the back. Where the usage of conventional down often results in a mess of feathers everywhere (our friends @Adikt_official can attest to this), this company has found a way to take recycled down and create sheets that can be easily inserted between layers of fabrics. The challenge so far has been...challenging to say the least. Coming from political sciences and diving into my dream passion has been wild, to also be endeavouring in this push to build something new every single day feels unreal".

Follow the link to project log for the build.
Photo and words credits: INTERN Techwear Corp.
Layout design: Alexander Zabelin.

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