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How can a box become a garment.

Hardingham, Laura A.


Laura A. Hardingham


This paper analyses the pedagogy connecting fashion students’ understanding of pattern making and garment construction through the project ‘How can a box become a garment’, implemented as an alternative novel approach for students new to pattern construction in how to transform 2D material into a 3D garment, creating unconventional shape and form. Using flattened boxes as a substitute for pattern pieces and working in pairs, students were briefed that there was no right or wrong response, but rather to focus on creating interesting 3D form. Working with a minimum of two boxes cut out in calico, students were encouraged to progress organically alternating between stitching random edges together and analysing the resulting shape on a mannequin until they deemed their garment complete. The research gathered highlights how alternative teaching approaches to creative pattern cutting can be complementary to traditional skills, in particular to students who find this area challenging.


HARDINGHAM, L.A. 2016. How can a box become a garment. International journal of fashion design, technology and education [online], 9(2), pages 97-105. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 9, 2016
Online Publication Date Mar 30, 2016
Publication Date Aug 31, 2016
Deposit Date Sep 6, 2016
Publicly Available Date Mar 31, 2017
Journal International journal of fashion design, technology and education
Print ISSN 1754-3266
Electronic ISSN 1754-3274
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 9
Issue 2
Pages 97-105
Keywords Creative pattern cutting; Pedagogy; 2D-3D; Fashion design
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