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Brief Published: 12 Apr 2011

Made-to-Measure Dress App


A new iPhone App named Continuum, developed by interactive designer Mary Huang, allows users to generate a pattern for any dress when they upload a sketch or drawing of it.

The application uses a “Delauney triangulation” algorithm to deconstruct drawings into a series of triangular shapes, allowing the user to design and create any dress they like – as long as they can draw it. The dress can then either be made for purchase by Huang's label, Rhyme & Reason, or users can download the pattern free of charge and make it themselves.

“By blending rapid fabrication, interactive software, and the accessibility of the web, we can let individuals participate directly in the design and production process,” says Huang.

"Low-resolution triangular models are more abstract, but this abstraction prompts people to imagine what the resulting dress would look like, rather than expect an exact rendition of the screen image. The triangulation also ensures that almost any drawing will produce an interesting form.”