Patricia Chircop is the founder of KNIT.melbourne and has worked within the fashion knitwear industry as a product developer, programmer, buyer, designer, project manager, training provider and consultant.
Patricia’s qualifications include:
Certificate of Completion M1 plus – Fully Fashion & Special Stoll (Reutlingen, Germany) (2011)
Certificate of Completion M1 plus – Handling and Pattern Designing Stoll (Reutlingen, Germany) (2011)
Certificate of Completion Use of CMS Stoll (Reutlingen, Germany) (2011)
Certificate of Completion (Wholegarment) Shima Seiki (Wakayama, Japan) (2011)
Certificate of Completion (Full Fashion) Shima Seiki (Wakayama, Japan) (2007)
Bachelor of Arts (Textile Design) RMIT University (2006 – Completed 2nd Year)
Bachelor of Science (Biological Science) La Trobe University (2002)
Patricia was also awarded the The George Alexander Foundation/ISS Institute Fellowship 2010.
The first stop was Japan where Patricia visited Shima Seiki, a world leader in flat bed seamless technology known as Wholegarment®. She undertook a three-week course that gave Patricia a greater understanding of how Wholegarment® technology can be used from a technical and design aspect.
From Shima Seiki Website:
A superior alternative to conventional knitting methods, the seam-free construction of WHOLEGARMENT® realises substantial benefits unmatched by any other textile product. It opens up a world of unprecedented opportunities for the knitter, merchandiser, retailer and consumer alike.
Benefits to the designer:
- Without seams, patterns and designs remain uninterrupted across the entire garment: front-to-back; over-the-shoulder and down-the-sleeves.
- True reversible knitwear can be produced without the added weight and bulk of double-knits.
- 3D shaping allows the design and silhouette of the garment to be reproduced exactly as intended by the designer.
Benefits to the producer:
- Bottlenecks in the supply-chain caused by labor-intensive cutting and sewing processes are eliminated.
- Cut-loss the amount of scrap material that is thrown away after cutting out each part of the garment is entirely eliminated.
- Since WHOLEGARMENT® can be produced one garment at a time, the leadtime usually needed to knit each separate part of the garment is no longer an issue.
- The required number of garments can be knit at the required time, permitting true “on-demand” production.
- Since each garment is produced based on digitally programmed data, item-to-item and batch-to-batch quality, even for repeat orders, remain consistent.
- Superior comfort is achieved by doing away with annoying seams. This is especially effective in the case of infant and hypoallergenic clothing, where seams can be a source of skin irritation.
- Seams no longer interfere with the natural elasticity of knits, allowing superior stretch and mobility.
- Soft and lightweight, seamless skirts and dresses drape and flow more naturally.
- Seamless one-piece construction allows stress to be distributed evenly throughout, preventing localized pressure points which may cause discomfort.
- By knitting an entire garment with only the required amount of yarn, WHOLEGARMENT® is environmentally friendly knitwear that uses minimal materials.
Next Patricia visited the International Exhibition of Textile Machinery, which showcases the latest apparel technology from around the world. ITMA happens every four years, in 2011 it was held in Barcelona.
Patricia then continued to Germany where she attended three courses at Stoll. Stoll also produces seamless garment technology called Knit & Wear®. As well as producing a unique machine which is a multi-gauge knitting machine.
From Stoll Website:
Compact Class: A CMS of the Compact Class is extremely efficient for Fully Fashion. Coarse stitches for a high-quality hand-knit look? No problem. One model is even equipped with split additional beds — for extremely productive narrowing cycles with fabrics knitted with all needles. All machines are equipped with a clamping and cutting device and the Stoll-multiflex® take-down system with a take-down comb.
Top Class: The tandem machines of the Top Class will convince you with their productivity and flexibility. One minute they’re knitting Fully Fashion or accessories in the tandem mode, and the next it’s cut and sew products with coupled carriages. Fast coupling and uncoupling make it possible and ensure the greatest possible capacity utilization of your machine pool.
Multi Gauge-Class: ou’re ideally prepared for the future with these flexible machines. With Stoll-multi gauges® and Stoll-applications® the machines are truly multi-talented. Your advantages: high capacity utilization of the machine pool, great investment security, fast reaction to fashion trends and larger order quantities. With Stoll-multi gauges® you produce new pattern appearances with several gauges in one and the same fabric — horizontally in one knitting row or vertically. On the other hand you can knit fabrics in different gauges without needle replacement or gauge conversions. With Stoll-applications® complex make-up work is already integrated during knitting, and it’s even possible to realize different gauges within the applications.
Both companies are leaders in knitwear garment technology, offering a different approach to manufacturing technology and the market place.