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A Fashion Technology Kit Inspired by Designers and Engineers Around the World to Lower The Barriers of Entry for STEAM
A Fashion Technology Kit Inspired by Designers and Engineers Around the World to Lower The Barriers of Entry for STEAM
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StitchKit is a FashionTech kit made for everyone: from the young student, to teachers, to design professionals and cosplayers. StitchKit contains all the components you need to get started to turn your design projects into awesome wearable projects!   

What you use StitchKit for is only limited by your imagination and creativity! Have you considered adapting your prom dress? Make it light up and dazzle at your grad! Create that ultimate haute couture piece for the runway! Try making things glow, like your plasma cannon with blasting sound effects for the next comic convention. The ugly Christmas sweaters will never be the same again! 

A new Canadian startup is taking the intimidating, and making it exhilarating - Daily Planet on Discovery Channel
StitchKit Hopes to Bring Electronic Fashion to Schools - Make:
MakeFashion Unveils StitchKit - Hackster.io
StitchKit: Anyone can design wearable tech fashion - Bouncy.news
MakeFashion makes it easier to make fashion - Metro News Calgary
Sparkling LED Dresses - Decorate with the StitchKit - Fabcross

Through MakeFashion, located in Calgary, Canada, we have been doing FashionTech runway shows around the world for the past six years. We produced over 100 wearable tech garments and showcased at over 60 international events. We introduce high-end fashion designers and artists to the exciting world of wearables through a series of informative, hands-on, designer-lead workshops. MakeFashion has showcased around the world including New York, Rome, and Shenzhen, so we know a thing or two about wearables and fashion! 

Because of MakeFashion, we also started running STEAM workshops, introducing people to technology through fashion. This has had such a profound and transformative impact on the lives of the people we teach, as well as ourselves. StitchKit is inspired by the work we have done in this space, and the amazing people, and teams we have worked with over the last 6 years. Throughout this campaign, we will be sharing stories and creations from those who have motivated and inspired StitchKit.

A Custom StitchKit Arduino Board

StitchKit comes with a custom Arduino-based board (based on the ATMega32U4) that is made specifically for FashionTech and wearables. The controller (the brain of a fashion tech/wearable piece) was designed to withstand movements of daily wear and use, yet is compact enough to be incorporated and hidden into your fashion or wearable piece. This is based on our experiences using several types Arduino boards and having them break during runway shows, or when people are wearing fashion tech pieces on a runway. 

We also designed this board to be powerful with lights and so far, we've tested 300 lights at full white brightness with no issues, and over 500 for rainbow colors!

Lots of Different Sensors

A number of different sensors, such as sound, proximity (distance), light, vibration, buttons, touch, accelerometers and more, are available depending on which kit you choose. The cool thing, is we are plugging into the Grove sensor system by Seeed Studio, who we've worked closely with to develop StitchKit. All Grove sensors will work with the StitchKit board, and we will be creating additional add-on sensor kits in the future!

All of the LED lights! 

Lights, lights, and more lights! We typically use a few types of LED strips for both our workshops and runways (such as anything related to WS2812b's). So we included a bunch of them in all of the kits, plus a special sewable LED strip (the first of its kind!)

Batteries aren't included with StitchKit because of international shipping regulations. However, standard USB power banks work just great with the StitchKit board, lights, and sensors!

StitchKit is for anyone and everyone interested in fashion, technology, wearables, or cosplay and wants to create really cool things. Our aim is to reduce the barriers into technology and fashion, letting you be creative.

For kids and parents, this is a fun way to learn the basics of electronics and programming, and we think it is super fun! This past Halloween, we did a workshop with kids who created FashionTech Halloween costumes, and the results were amazing!

These super cool fidget spinner costumes were created by kids and they were a huge hit in the neighbourhood where they went trick or treating. 

Throughout our campaign, we will be highlighting the cool things kids, parents, and students have made using StitchKit!

This is a great beginner kit to engage students in fun projects! Something we find really exciting about StitchKit is that it enables technology to be used in classrooms outside of Computer Science. Over the next year, we will be working with teachers locally in Canada and internationally to create a curriculum that educators can use around FashionTech. We believe this is the best way to teach STEAM for girls. If you’d like to get involved, shoot us an email at [email protected]!

For designers, this kit includes much of what you need to start in FashionTech! Not only have we tested the board, lights and sample code (coming soon!), but we’ve been using them in our runways and workshops around the world. It works great for us and we know it will for you as well!

At MakerFaire Xi'an 2017, we spent over one month working with local designers and StitchKit to create wonderful FashionTech pieces for a runway show. Stay tuned for updates throughout our campaign to see some of these creations!

Some of our team and ambassadors are costumer designers, and cosplayers; check out how well this kit can be used to create cool costumes, props and other interesting things. 

These tech couture costumes were created by Angela Dale, a talented designer, costume creator, and all around awesome maker. She creates pieces for TV, Film, among other industries. Check out some of her work here.

Look for some amazing costumes, haute couture pieces, and cosplay using
StitchKit throughout our campaign and beyond!

 

We've created a number of different 3D printed diffusers to attach to LEDs. They help in diffusing light differently, and are sewable to fabrics and other materials as well. We've created a number of different Fashion Tech pieces using these, and we're excited to share the designs with the community, and if you can't 3D print them yourself, we'll offer you a pack of them!

This is what a Dome Diffuser looks like with a light being diffused. It is sized to snap directly onto standard LEDs (like the WS2812b). We think its pretty cool!

We've created some pretty cool LED spikes with the Cone Diffuser, and much like the Dome Diffuser, it diffuses light really nicely!

The coolest thing about this pack (in our opinion), is the Barrel Diffuser. We often use this with other things (like Fibre Optics) to give LED lights a more spread out effect. These also snap onto standard individual LED pixels (or those on strips) very easily, but if you have different sized LED pixels that you use, you can also adjust the 3D files to fit your needs.

This is what it the Barrel Diffuser looks like with some Fibre Optics being used to diffuse the light. It really adds a nice effect to wearable and fashion tech projects! 

The Fibre Optic Diffuser pack includes some really cool fibre optic cables that fit into slots on the Cone, Domed and other upcoming diffusers. They  will definitely add a really nice diffusing effect to your next project!

Playing with the brightness levels of the cable, as well as different lengths can create some amazing effects. Some of our favourite pieces that designers have created over the years, use fibre optics! 

 

The main team behind StitchKit consists of:

  • Shannon Hoover
  • Teddy Seyed
  • Ryan Bailey
  • Maria Elena Hoover

But we are also a large group of talented engineers, designers, cosplayers, videographers, musicians, and educators. We hope you enjoy our campaign and look forward to you joining our StitchKit family and helping to create amazing wearables and FashionTech pieces!

For StitchKit, we've partnered with:

  • Seeed Studios: an open source hardware products and manufacturing company that enables hardware making. They are headquartered in Shenzhen with operations in San Francisco and Taiwan.
  • MakeFashion: a Fashion Tech startup located in Calgary, Canada, that has been doing FashionTech runway shows around the world for the past six years. 

 

Risks and challenges

We understand the complexities of creating FashionTech products. In order to reduce the frustration of our backers, we have been working in China for the last two years to ensure that the project is as close as possible to mass production before launching this Kickstarter campaign. We've also partnered with Seeed Studios to ensure smoother timelines and delivery process.

Although a glance at the project timeline will show the massive amount of work already done to ensure that StitchKit is production ready, there are still some standard risks and factors left to overcome. These include packaging, the holiday season (Christmas, New Year, and Chinese New Year), component shortages, logistics, and import customs. We’re prepared to take on these and any other unforeseen circumstances that Murphy and his law have waiting.

In order to minimize risk, the production run will be limited to 60% of our factory's maximum capacity. Shipping will be performed on a daily to weekly basis following the “pizza delivery approach” where products get shipped as soon as they are ready, rather than waiting for bulk shipment.

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