Fashion Innovation Centre

Production in CLO 3D

3D design 3D patterns 3D software CLO 3D CLO 3D production
Online course

This intermediate course goes beyond CLO 3D fundamentals and provides the tools for Production in CLO 3D. Learners will be able to use the different tools for garment manufacturing including print layouts, colorways and bill of materials. In order to create designs with greater accuracy, learners will explore the next level of pattern making through exact measurement tools as well as manipulation of darts and lines. Finally, how to show off garments in 3D with movement will be taught through new techniques related to creating realistic fabrics and final exports. With this course, users can take CLO to the next level of Production concluding with a CLO runway animation.

8-10 hours
This course is geared for an experienced CLO 3D user who now wants to know more about pattern manipulation with elastics, seam taping and steam, or further pattern manipulation with pivots and spreads.
This course is ideal for the CLO user who wants to use CLO for production and sales. It is especially well suited to users who want to start creating production ready patterns and the information that goes with it. The course concludes with one's own runway show!
It is recommended that users have a familiarity with CLO or have already completed Course 1 “Basics in CLO 3D” or the equivalent.
To make the most of this course, you need to have a licensed version of the CLO 3D software, ideally the latest version (version 6).

How will you learn?

The course includes video demonstrations of the tools and work along the modules and topics to complement your learning. The course is self-paced and includes a pre-assessment test, modules of interactive instructions based on videos, animations, practical exercises, discussion questions and knowledge assessments. It ends with a post-assessment test and project where learners submit their own design using the techniques learned in the course. An in-course glossary at the learner's fingertips facilitates the understanding of technical terms.

Learners will also have the opportunity to interact with the instructor and peer learners throughout the whole course with the exclusive MOTIF CLO 3D Course Community.

All participants who successfully complete the course will receive a MOTIF Certificate of Completion.

This course and the instructor are not affiliated with CLO. CLO offers a free Beginner’s Guide on their YouTube channel which you can use in tandem with this course if you choose.

What will you learn?

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

1. Create patterns for production including seam, symbols and text.
2. Create print layouts, colorways and interactive communication.
3. Export patterns to print.
4. Manipulate advanced patterns with darts, spreads, cuts and extractions.
5. Further pattern manipulation with folds and pleats.
6. Sew and shape with seam taping and elastic.
7. Topstitch surface decoration.
8. Understand how to use custom fabric libraries.
9. Create advanced fabrics.
10. Add buttons and zippers.
11. Render and animate garments.
12. Use the CLO CLO-SET.

Online course Detailed outline

Pre-Assessment Free trial

This is to assess your knowledge about Production in the CLO 3D software and evaluate how this course can be most helpful for you.

Introduction Free trial

This introduction module sets the context for your learning journey. It gives an overview of the learning objectives for the whole course and you will also meet your instructor, Roz McNulty.

  • 0.1 Welcome to the course
  • 0.2 Course overview

Module 1: Pattern Layout Tools Free trial

This first module explores print layouts, pattern marks, seam allowances, exports, costs and tracking tools in the CLO software.

  • 1.1 Notches
  • 1.2 Seam Allowances
  • 1.3 Pattern Layout and Nesting
  • 1.4 Layouts using Prints
  • 1.5 Colorways
  • 1.6 Bill of Materials
  • 1.7 Exporting Layouts
  • 1.8 Importing Layouts
  • 1.9 Summary

Module 2: Pattern Lines and Measurements

This module is about getting exact measurements of lines. You will learn how to get real pattern measurements, exact lines and shapes as well as some basic pattern drafting in CLO 3D.

  • 2.1 Lines and Measurements
  • 2.2 Rectangles and Clones
  • 2.3 Garment Fit
  • 2.4 Elastic Lines
  • 2.5 Back Block Draft
  • 2.6 Walking the Sleeve
  • 2.7 Symmetry in Pattern
  • 2.8 Pockets and Pattern Trace
  • 2.9 Pockets and Zips
  • 2.10 Hood for a Hoodie
  • 2.11 Summary

Module 3: Darts and Fullness

In this module, you will learn how to shape up your garment with darts and fullness. You will discover new tools in order to remove fabric with darts and then the opposite, to add fabric with fullness and pleats.

  • 3.1 Dart Rotation
  • 3.2 Back Dart Rotation
  • 3.3 Quick Sew Along
  • 3.4 Internal Darts
  • 3.5 Adding Fullness and Flare
  • 3.6 Folds and Pleats
  • 3.7 Summary

Module 4: Sewing and Shaping

How to make the garment look real with details is explained in this module. You will be exploring how to create finishing details including topstitches, zippers and buttons.

  • 4.1 Sewing and Collars
  • 4.2 Collar Rolls and Seam Taping
  • 4.3 Elastics and Layers
  • 4.4 Puckering
  • 4.5 Saving Garment Files
  • 4.6 Topstitching
  • 4.7 Zippers
  • 4.8 Buttons
  • 4.9 Steaming
  • 4.10 Seam Binding and Piping
  • 4.11 Summary

Module 5: Materials

This module will take you through new techniques and tools about materials in order to create realistic simulation of fabrics.

  • 5.1 Add Print Layer
  • 5.2 Two Sided Fabric
  • 5.3 CLO Multi Texture Editor
  • 5.4 Material Texture Maps
  • 5.5 Adobe Substance Materials
  • 5.6 Exporting with Bounding Boxes
  • 5.7 Swatchon
  • 5.8 Summary

Module 6: Animation

In this module, you will learn about rendering and how to do an animated runway.

  • 6.1 New Avatar Render
  • 6.2 Lighting Review
  • 6.3 Render Settings
  • 6.4 Using the CLO Closet
  • 6.5 Turntable Quickie
  • 6.6 Animation
  • 6.7 Exports for Animation
  • 6.8 Tech Packs
  • 6.9 Summary


This module summarizes what you have been through from the previous modules and topics. To complete the course, you need to pass the post-assessment quiz and to submit your own CLO 3D design.

  • 7.1 Course Summary
  • 7.2 Final Design Submission
  • 7.3 Post Assessment
  • 7.4 Reference Guide
  • 7.5 End of Course Survey

Roz McNulty

Course Instructor

Roz McNulty has been creating clothing on computers since 1983. She has experience with fashion design, pattern drafting, manufacturing, also with VR and AR. At the Fashion Innovation Centre, Roz works with apparel industry 3D software and mixed reality to create clothing assets such as historical clothing exhibitions, interactive AR runway and virtual change rooms. She has been in clothing construction and manual pattern making for 30 years. Roz spoke at the Electronic Visualization and Arts conference 2019 about the importance of 3D archiving for costume using 3D apparel software. A virtual museum is one of her dream. Roz can be called as a ‘Monocolist’ as she worked with 3D scanning software developed by Steampunk Digital.
She has always seen the future of clothing and computers starting with when she first starts illustrating clothing over 30 years ago. According to her, the future is even more fascinating now with the use of Mixed Reality to show off clothing before it is made. To both the manufacturer and its team and the customer.

The Fashion Innovation Centre teaches 3D Clothing Pattern Design. FIC provides talent and resources for the apparel industry, online 3D retail and museum archiving. The vision of the Fashion Innovation Centre is to creating talent to support the future of 3D design sampling, retail marketing, web assets and archiving of apparel.

“The past, present and future of Fashion.”

Read more about the Fashion Innovation Centre.


The course is based on step-by-step recorded instructor-led video tutorials and work-along lessons with practical exercises, discussion questions and knowledge assessments. It ends with a post-assessment test and project where learners submit their own design using the techniques learned in the course. As a MOTIF platform user you will also have access to extra-resources such as the MOTIF 3D Fashion Tech Community.

This price gives you access to the ‘Production in CLO 3D’ intermediate course and all its updates for 6 months from date of purchase. Updates are revisions / add-ons that may be brought to the content of the ‘Production in CLO 3D’ course during your 6 months subscription.

The course is self-paced which means you can start, finish and revisit the course anytime during your 6 months subscription from the date of purchase.

The course price does not include the cost of the CLO 3D software subscription. If you do not already have a software license, you will need to purchase it directly from CLO Virtual Fashion. You can check their subscription pricing and purchase methods on their website.

You need to have a license for CLO 3D at least, version 5.2 and ideally above (version 6) to best benefit from this course. CLO is continually refining the software. Remember to update it in order to take advantage of better tools and quick fixes for software glitches.

Please refer to the information provided by the online CLO HELP CENTER here or contact the CLO Virtual Fashion Support.

All-Access Pass holders can take the ‘Production in CLO 3D’ course as well as any of the online courses published on MOTIF during their subscription.

This course is part of the CLO 3D series, including three courses from beginner to advanced level. This course is soon to be followed by the advanced ‘Advanced Techniques in CLO 3D‘ course also taught by Roz McNulty.

Each will be sold individually at a specific price and can be taken independently or in succession depending on your pre-existing level of CLO 3D software proficiency. We anticipate the ‘Advanced Techniques in CLO 3D’ course to be released mid 2021.

You will receive a MOTIF Certificate of Completion upon successfully completing all online training components, including assignments, assessments and a final design submission.

Please feel free to email us at [email protected] if you have further questions or concerns.

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