Fashion student Jess Haughton believes she can stop visible panty lines thanks to hi-tech underwear made on a 3D printer
Instead of unsightly VPL caused by bulky stitching showing through clothes, Jess Haughton has come up with a more discreet way of securing lingerie using silicone. A fashion student believes she can stop women getting their knickers in a twist over visible panty lines – thanks to hi-tech underwear made on a 3D printer.
Jess, 23, created the VPL-busting design while studying Fashion Design at Nottingham Trent University.
The under-graduate, from Ruislip, Greater London, said: “Women come in all different shapes and sizes, so I wanted to show how modern technology can provide made to measure lingerie for each individual.
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“But not only that, I wanted to show how 3D printing could truly modernise the market and create unique looking underwear which does away with traditional materials.
“Stretch silicone is amazing to work with and could really change the way lingerie is made. It’s very strong and flexible when cured, and is practically impossible to unstick.
“It also has an amazing feel to it, and when 3D printed can create more intricate detailing than traditional methods. In many ways, when printed onto sheer mesh as a floral pattern, it’s like a modern alternative to lace.
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“I wanted to create something which was as close to the skin as possible and get rid of the lumps and bumps of traditional underwear.
“My main goal was basically to eliminate the visible panty line for good.”
Jess used 3D printed stretch silicone in place of elastic and stitching which causes VPL
Instead of being sewn, seams are bonded by the silicone during the 3D printing process which enables garments to appear cleaner cut and prevents them becoming misshapen
Jess’ designs include a 3D-printed bodysuit, bra, thong and knickers.
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Emma Prince, senior lecturer in fashion design at the School of Art & Design, said: “Jess has shown real innovation in developing her range of products and has developed her knowledge of this new technology which she can expand upon when she leaves university and pursues her career.”
“It’s a great illustration of how modern technology can change the way clothing is made, leading to improvements in the performance of garments, their fit and their market appeal.”
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