The last practical workshop of the Fashion Futures programme began in a flurry of activity as the students came to the realisation that they only had four hours left to finish their garments! With time running out they wasted no time in getting to work.
“Today was really intense and reminded me of my final year of university! Volunteering at one of the first sessions and coming back now, it is amazing how much confidence the students have gained. You can really see their passion come through in their designs.” – Marnie, design protégé, ASOS
With most of the students now at the construction stage of the process, the sewing machines and industrial irons were in full use. Fortunately for the students, extra machines were set up and industry volunteers were on hand to offer expert assistance.
“The thing I am going to miss most is the hands on experience and learning new skills. I enjoyed the structure of having a task to complete each week and seeing my work progress over the course of the programme. I now know how to reverse stitch and zigzag stitch!” – Ade
The heat continued to rise in the sewing room (it wasn’t just coming from the industrial irons!) as the students made last minute amendments to their garments and sewed together their patterns. The students who had nearly completed their garments proudly displayed them on mannequins and added finishing touches. It was a poignant moment as they saw the fruition of weeks of hard work.
“I am really going to miss the collaborative atmosphere and learning new things. Creating eyelets was the most useful thing I have learned as I had never done it before. I am really pleased with how my garment has turned out…the seams all match up!” – Eliza
The rooms became a hive of activity as buttons; zips and eyelets were all frantically sewn, attached and bashed into their respective garments! Despite the occasional setback, the students made great progress throughout the day, with many completely finishing their designs.
“Participating in the Fashion Futures programme has opened my eyes to how much more I have to learn and how complex tasks such as pattern cutting actually are. It has also shown me how many different roles there are in the industry”. – Anabelle
As always, we would like to say a massive thank you to all the volunteers who helped to make the final workshop of the year such a success, and who have been amazing throughout the whole programme. Not only have they given up their time, but they have also invested a huge amount of energy into helping the students make their designs the best they can possibly be. From sewing tips, to pattern cutting shortcuts, our volunteers have ensured that every student has had the opportunity to fulfil their potential.
“It’s nice to see how the students’ designs have come to life in 3D and to get the opportunity to see this side of the fashion world. It’s been inspirational to see the creativity and passion which the students have!” – Sarah, assistant womanswear designer, ASOS
Over the next week the students will be making the finishing touches to their garments and ensuring their sketchbooks and portfolio pages are ready for presentation! Next week the students will showcase their designs to a panel of industry experts. 20 students will make it through to the summer school where they will have the opportunity to make up their designs to be displayed during London Fashion Week!
“I am really going to miss coming to the workshops as everyone is so nice and friendly. I am really proud of what I have created and there are so many skills I have learned which will help me in the future.” – Lucy
“I underestimated how hard it is to take an idea from a drawing to a pattern and then into a 3D garment! I will miss all the learning, especially all the technical skills which I have picked up.” – Ruth
“I will miss the atmosphere most, everyone is in their own little world and it is great seeing their ideas come to life. I have really enjoyed using the industrial sewing machines!” – Asra
FAD Fact of the day: Did you know that the UK fashion industry contributes £29 billion to the UK economy and supports 797,000 jobs in the UK?