Here’s a glimpse of the future for you: Mary Huang is working on Continuum computational couture, software that would allow you to turn a sketch into a 3D model and then back again into a flat pattern that can be sewn into a dress. (And her sample dresses are pretty great–the LBD made modern in silk taffeta!)
CONTINUUM is a concept for a web-based fashion label in which designs are user-generated using custom software and made to order to your personal measurements … Not only can the physical dress be purchased through the label, but the cutting patterns are downloadable free of charge for those who would rather devote the time to making their own.
The software is still in prototype stage, but she’s got a Kickstarter campaign to take it to the next level! More info via ecouterre.