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Optimizing Patchwork in Design and Production

As we settle into the new year, our Sourcing Summit Companion Report looks ahead at ways to optimize processes and performance.

Some ideas are timeless and never get old. This goes for designs and treatments in denim as well. No doubt that patchwork is one of them. In fact, the industry sees the look reappear time and again in almost all trend reports, catwalks and collections of major brands.

While patchwork has an eye-catching appearance, it can actually be difficult to produce. In the beginning, it was based on an idea to gather parts of used garments for a collage effect. Afterward, companies started to create their own patchwork by washing the fabrics in different tones, then cutting and combining in order to produce garments more industrially. Both methods take a lot of time and labor to produce.

Optimizing Patchwork in Design and Production
Patchwork creates visual interest and texture. Courtesy

In both methods, patchwork garment production includes cutting the patches piece by piece according to a certain fit design, sewing them together, then washing  and ironing them both on the front and back sides. Comfort is reduced if there are too many stitches inside the garment in contact with the skin, so care must be taken to create the smoothest patchwork result possible.

In addition to the long and troublesome processes of producing patchwork products, there are other challenges, as well. Patchwork does not bring flexibility to washing. The elements used don’t just determine the general appearance of the garment, but they also dictate the type of washing necessary.

Kipas Denim patchwork
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In the Kipaş Denim SS23 collection, two different patchwork designs in the Twenty-Four concept eliminate all these restrictions and provide washing and fit flexibility. Here, we have obtained the original patchwork image on the full-width fabric.

Thanks to this, designers will be able to obtain the fit and washing they have imagined. Also, this will be quite comfortable for the end user because they won’t feel any stitches on the garment’s surface touching their skin. Finally, when we compare today’s garment making process with the old-school process, we are saving enormous time and labor. It’s a win-win solution with endless variety and appeal.

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