Five gorgeous Fashion & Textile posts from 2011

Best of the Blog 2011 – Fashion & Textiles

More and more designers have caught on to digital fabrication over the last year, and the trend is only going to continue. The mass customization aspect has not been fully exploited yet, but eventually everything we wear will probably be unique, as it once was when goods were all hand-made.

Here are five Fashion & Textile posts from 2011 that hint at what’s to come:

1. Surprisingly beautiful laser cut t-shirts

Designer Diana Eng created an amazing line of laser cut tees that are “pretty enough to wear to work”. Maybe someday the average boutique will have its own laser cutter, to make custom laser designs on-demand like a tattoo studio.

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2. Custom 3D printed glasses and sunglasses

We had a bunch of stories about 3D printed glasses in 2011, but as far as I know only Make Eyewear’s products are purchasable and shipping right now. The price for design-your-own is a bit high, but you get paired with a designer who will refine the 3D model.

Read: Custom 3D printed glasses and sunglasses

3. Laser cut fashion feature at Fashioning Tech

Fashioning Tech rounded up a dozen laser cut fashion designs made in a variety of materials and forms. I really like the look of laser-etched leather, and some of my colleagues at Site 3 have used our own cutter to make some cool stuff. Protip: Leather does not smell very nice when it is in the process of being lasered!

Read: Laser cut fashion feature at Fashioning Tech

4. Cutting for Stitching

This is a great use of a laser cutter to enable creative, precise stitch holes in hand-made products. You can integrate the technique into your own creative workflow or try out the example projects provided.

Read: Cutting for Stitching

5. 50% 3D printed weaving loom

I love this combination of old and new technology. The project instructions don’t go into detail about final assembly yet, but you can get started on your own copy now by downloading the plastic parts from Thingiverse.

Read: 50% 3D printed weaving loom


Derek Quenneville is a 3D printing evangelist who posts weekly on the Ponoko blog. Follow him on Twitter @techknight.

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