Block pattern technology: a means of revamping the clothing industry in Nigeria
The main purpose of this study was to develop bodice block patterns for female youths in three size categories- small, medium and large as well as test the fit of the garments constructed from the blocks. The area of study was Enugu State. The study was carried out in two phases: development of bodice block patterns for the subjects in three sizes using body measurements already established from 900 female youths and evaluation of the fit of the garments developed from the blocks. Three models were used to test the fit of the garments constructed from the blocks. Purposive sampling was used to select 30 judges. The evaluation instrument for rating the fit of the garments constructed from the blocks was a five point rating scale. Data generated were analysed using Mean, ANOVA and the Duncan’s New Multiple Range Test (DNMRT). Nine blocks comprising three back bodice blocks, three front bodice blocks and three sleeve blocks were developed for the three size categories. Bodices were constructed from the developed blocks to test for fit. The fit of the garments were rated very satisfactory by the three sets of judges on nearly all the variables tested.
Key words: Block, Pattern, Technology, Clothing Industry, Nigerian’s economy