This week, the students had their minds set on one thing – pattern cutting!
The students have now been split up into groups based on their designs, but all of them spent the day learning pattern cutting skills from our tutors and volunteers. It’s a skill all of them will use regardless of what field of design they want to venture into, so today was a super important day for them!
It’s been a busy day, and students were finding any space they could to get to work.
Meanwhile, in the largest room, our tutors and volunteers were helping students figure out the best ways to approach pattern cutting.
“When pattern cutting, you need to take a few things into consideration: following your designs, making sure things match up. Your notches are very important, as is checking length and being very precise. Once you get that precision, and once you translate that into your fabrics, it makes it a much easier process. I think the main thing the students are struggling with today is the rules. There are rules to pattern cutting, and they’re unsure why this needs to be at a right angle, or why I need to slice this a certain way. Once they get the rules of pattern cutting, then they’ll understand it more fluently.” – Namoi, FAD volunteer
“This week’s class has been useful. It’s just been teaching me how to get on with pattern cutting. I’m learning pattern cutting at school too, but there it’s much slower.” – Keir, 16
“Some of this is challenging, but I find it fun. I find it really interesting how it starts from just paper, and then it becomes something that you can wear. It’s been helpful having the tutors and volunteers teach us how to do it.” – Tamia, 17
“It’s good that I have these workshops on the weekends, it’s a good motivation otherwise I’d just be sitting at home. We’ve done some pattern cutting at school, where I do A-Level Textiles, but it’s very different because I’m doing a pair of trousers at school, whereas here I’ve designed a coat and a skirt, which is completely different. I’m excited about the challenge though! I’m just waiting to see how my design will turn out and what it will look like.” – Iona, 17
Next week we’re going to be continuing with the pattern cutting skills, and (fingers crossed!) some students will even begin to start sewing. We’re excited!