After last Saturday’s intensive creative research day, this week the Fashion Futures students got hands-on with introductions to pattern cutting, draping, and sewing on the industrial machines – all key skills they’ll need as they develop their designs in the weeks to come.
In the draping session, students worked in 3D to create a range of silhouettes and fabric manipulations on the stand.
The next task was working to transform a half-scale dress block into a working pattern: moving darts, manipulating the skirt shape, drafting a facing and adding seam allowance.
Pattern cutting top tip from Charlotte, Karen Millen: “When creating a seam allowance, consider the thickness of your thread. The thread you use is eventually folded into the seam allowance when you press seams to the side, so the thickness of the thread can be really important.”
The next task was to cut out the pattern pieces in calico and piece them together to construct a half-scale dress. Many students were using the industrial equipment for the first time – but after some careful practice with foot control, they were stitching away like pros.
We’re grateful to teachers Hannah, Hayet and Philip, and volunteers Danielle, Vicky, Charlotte, Nancy, Sheriece, Charlotte, Daniella, Tara, Nick, Oliver and Rhovie for sharing their time and expertise.
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