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Apparel Manufacturing Glossary for Application Protocol Development



Michael Read


A glossary of terms used in apparel manufacturing, specifically those used in the pattern-making process, are listed verbatim from six primary sources. These terms are needed in the development of new, ISO Standard for the Exchange of Product Model Data (STEP), application protocols for the apparel industry. The purpose of this report is to present to the apparel industry a working set of terms and meanings from the published literature, and to act as a catalyst in the development of a set of consensus terms and meanings.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 5572
Report Number


AP, APDES, apparel, application protocols, glossary, pattern making, STEP


Read, M. (1995), Apparel Manufacturing Glossary for Application Protocol Development, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online],, (Accessed July 15, 2024)


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Created December 31, 1994, Updated October 12, 2021