Improving Comfort in Clothing

Edited by

  • Guowen Song, University of Alberta, Canada

Wear comfort has been listed as the most important property of clothing demanded by users and consumers according to recent studies. A fundamental understanding of human comfort and a knowledge of how to design textiles and garments to maximise comfort for the wearer is therefore essential in the clothing industry. Improving comfort in clothing reviews the latest developments in the manufacturing of comfortable apparel and discusses methods of improving it in various articles of clothing.

The book begins by outlining the fundamentals of human comfort in clothing, from the human perception of comfort in apparel and factors which affect it such as the properties of fibres and fabrics, to laboratory testing, analysing and predicting of the comfort properties of textiles. Part two discusses methods of improving comfort in apparel, from controlling thermal comfort and managing moisture, to enhancing body movement comfort in various garments. Part three reviews methods of improving comfort whilst maintaining function in specific types of clothing such as protective garments, sports wear and cold weather clothing

The international team of contributors to Improving comfort in clothing has produced a unique overview of numerous aspects of clothing comfort, provides an excellent resource for researchers and designers in the clothing industry. It will also be beneficial for academics researching wear comfort.
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Researchers and designers in the clothing industry and academics researching wear comfort


Book information

  • Published: January 2011
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-84569-539-2

Table of Contents

Part 1 Fundamentals of comfort and assessment: Factors affecting comfort: Human physiology and the role of clothing; Properties of fibres and fabrics that contribute to human comfort; Wool and garment comfort; How consumers perceive comfort in apparel; Laboratory measurement of thermo-physiological comfort; Testing, analyzing and predicting the comfort properties of textiles. Part 2 Improving comfort in apparel: Improving thermal comfort in apparel; Improving moisture management in apparel; Improving tactile comfort in fabrics and clothing; Garment pattern design and comfort; Improving body movement comfort in apparel. Part 3 Improving comfort in particular types of clothing: Evaluating the heat-stress and comfort of fire-fighter and emergency responder protective clothing; Improving comfort in military protective clothing; Balancing comfort and function in textiles worn by medical personnel; Improving comfort in sports and leisure wear; Cold weather clothing and comfort; Achieving comfort in intimate apparel.