The seventh week of the FAD Fashion Futures programme took place on a cold, snowy day in East London. The students braved the travel disruption caused by storm Emma to come in and continue working on their garments. Despite the cold weather, things have been heating up in the FAD Fashion Futures programme as we approach the final weeks of the course.
There was a sense of urgency in the students’ work as they relentlessly worked away, cutting out their patterns on calico and then sewing the pieces together. The creativity and complexity of this year’s designs mean that every part of the process is a challenge. For example, an asymmetrical design means that you have to pattern cut both sides of a garment instead of just half. However, the students have risen to the challenge, and with the help of the volunteers are in the process of creating some memorable designs.
“I cut out my pattern today which took ages as it’s really big! Now I am looking forward to sewing next week.” – Dominika
Nevertheless, there is now only one week left for the students to finish their designs, as the last workshop takes place next Saturday! The homework task for this week is for the students to make sure their sketchbook is up to date and mount their work onto two A2 portfolio pages.
“Volunteering at FAD has felt like coming home! Working with the students has been really enjoyable as I can relate to how they are feeling as I was once in their shoes!” Melissa, volunteer, garment tech, former FAD student
Thank you to all the students and volunteers who braved the treacherous conditions to make the workshop on the weekend such a success. It’s a testament to the passion of the people involved that nothing was going to stop them making the workshop!
“I found today hard because I had to cut out my whole dress including the corset. My fingers were aching from all the cutting by the end of the session!” – Serena
FADFactoftheday: Pattern notches are small marks made on a pattern to ensure that one pattern piece will match up to the pattern next to it. They can be used to show where the seam allowance is, and can also be used as indicators along a seam to make sure that the two pieces of fabric will match up correctly when sewn.