On Saturday the 28th this years Fashion Futures cohort got practical – time to SKILL UP!
At Hackney College the teens were divided into groups to work with three exceptional Fashion tutors. Joanne, FAD Curriculum Co-Ordinator and Lindsay and Hannah, who teach at LCF and Kingston University respectively.
The tutors and young people were supported by FAD’s amazing industry volunteers – many of whom have come up through the Fashion Futures programme themselves. Shout out to – Danielle, Namoi, Philip, Clara, Alex, Melissa, Clara and Ana!
The first group got started experimenting with draping on the stand and learning to accurately measure bodies.
Group two had an introduction to that notoriously tricky skill, pattern cutting. Rather than starting with full size blocks, the they experimented and practised cutting pieces for a tiny trial dress.
‘I like how we’ve been doing things in more detail, in college the patterns are already cut for you, but here we are more independent.’ Shivagani, 17
Group three started on their sewing skills. Many of them were learning to work on industrial machines for the first time. After cutting their patterns, the next challenge was to successfully sew them together to make a complete mini trial dress.
‘I like working together, we were able to help each other out and get to know each other better,’ Hani, 17
Next week the groups will rotate so each person has completed each activity, and gained and perfected 3 new fashion skills. Join us on our social media to follow the project more closely.
As ever, huge thanks to our sponsors for making this free course accessible to all.