Drape Behavior of Woven Fabrics with Seams

Jinlian Hu, Siuping Chung

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Drape is a unique property that allows a fabric to be bent in more than one direction with double curvature. For many years, textile researchers studied this attribute in order to evaluate the drape quality and improve the drape appearance of garments. However, fabric drape can be more realistically investigated by considering seams. At present, research in this area is very limited. This paper presents a fundamental drape analysis of seamed fabrics using Cusick's drapemeter. Simple plain and twill woven fabrics with various fiber contents of cotton, linen, silk, wool, and polyester are given radial and circular seams. The effects of seam allowance and seam position are investigated experimentally. Drape behavior is determined and compared in terms of drape coeffi cient, node analysis, and drape profile. Investigating drape on seamed fabrics can im prove apparel design and fabric end-use applications. Moreover, it contributes to gar ment drape prediction for the clothing CAD system.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)913-919
Number of pages7
JournalTextile Research Journal
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Polymers and Plastics


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