Cinema 4D Tutorial: Use the Stitch and Sew Tool to Model Clothing

In this Cinema 4D tutorial, we will model some women's athletic apparel using production flats.  This is a real world example based on a recent job I did for a friend and his wife.  They are starting a women's apparel company and had some vector artwork drawn up which they are currently using on their website until they get samples back from the manufacturer for a photo shoot.  They asked if I could 3D model the tops and bottoms and make them look "filled out".  I had never modeled clothing before and said "yes".

Modeled in Cinema 4D

Modeled in Cinema 4D

Women's apparel is a big market so if you can get in on that game, why not model some women's clothing?  Sure it's not adding a Dynamics Tag to something and watch it fly around, but it's still work.  Remember, Cinema 4D is a tool for many industries.

Create "stitching" in Cinema 4D

Create "stitching" in Cinema 4D

Modeling clothing turned out not to be much different than anything else.  And since Cinema 4D comes with a "Lisa" female human model I was able to use it as a guide to shape the clothing.

Cinema 4D Techniques: 

  • Stitch and Sew
  • Edge to Spline
  • Cloning onto Splines