The FAD Fashion Futures programme resumed on a cold, wintery Saturday as the students and volunteers returned from a well-deserved break. The students got straight to work picking up from where they had left off by continuing to pattern cut and construct their garments.
“This is my first time pattern cutting and I am enjoying it, but it’s taking a lot of time to learn the technical aspects such as seam lines and allowances!” – Rhovie
Pattern cutting continued in earnest as the students finalised their designs. There was a busy atmosphere across all of the groups as precise measurements were taken, seam allowances calculated, and dot and cross paper filled in. Once students had cut their designs on to calico they were then able to move onto garment construction and sew their garment together!
“I am looking forward to sewing because it’s when you begin to see everything coming together!” – Rosie
The students acquitted themselves well to sewing, despite the warp speed industrial machines. The sewing room was filled with an enthusiastic atmosphere as the students got a chance to see their designs in three dimensions for the first time.
“I am looking forward to sewing because I find it really relaxing and therapeutic!” – Abby
With only two workshops left the finish is in sight, but there is still a lot of work to do before the students submit their portfolio of work to be judged. This week the homework task is to create a fashion illustration for their garment. This is a chance to be creative and show off their designs using composition, context, concept, colour and media.
“The hardest part of pattern cutting was creating darts and getting the right measurements. I am looking forward to constructing my garment now!” – Aoife
Next week the students will continue to work on their garments as the finish line approaches…
“I have found it hard to be accurate when pattern cutting, but the volunteers have been very helpful. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without them!” – Mussa
#FADFactoftheday: The term croquis originates from France and means ‘sketch’. It is used in fashion illustrations to show what potential designs might look like on a figure.