The fifth workshop of FAD Fashion Futures 2018 began with the students continuing to pattern cut their designs. Could the students prove they were a ‘cut’ above the rest? With the help of pattern masters, grader squares, measuring tapes, scissors, pencils, rubbers, and lots of dot and cross paper the students began to put their patterns on paper…
“I enjoyed pattern cutting as it was satisfying to watch my design go from paper to fabric.” – Anabelle
After tracing their patterns on dot and cross paper the students then pinned it to calico and cut it out. Once the designs had been cut out on calico, the students had the opportunity to use mannequins to pin their designs on. This gave them a better understanding of how their garments would look in three dimensions.
“Pattern cutting was trickier than I thought. It was difficult to get the right dimensions for the jacket I am working on.” – Kamran
With their customer profiles complete, the students now have a better understanding of their target audience, and the lifestyle they would lead. This has helped influence the designs and materials of each garment.
“I found the precision of pattern cutting quite challenging. It was hard to visualise the pattern as you are only drawing half of it. Doing FAD has made me consider a career in fashion design which I hadn’t thought about before!” – Hayleigh
After looking at fabrics last week there has been a greater understanding of which materials the students’ designs will use, and how that will affect the way in which it is worn. Once four hours of tracing, rubbing out, cutting and pinning had come to an end, many students had cut their designs in calico and were ready to begin sewing!
“The students have really ambitious ideas which can be hard to execute at times. This made helping them a really fun and challenging exercise! I am amazed by the range of designs and how imaginative and creative they are.” – Amy, volunteer, freelance project manager.
However this will have to wait until the 24th February as the FAD Fashion Futures programme has a one week break for half term. This gives the volunteers and students a well-deserved week off and much needed Saturday morning lie in!
“There is a lot more to pattern cutting than I realised. It felt never-ending at times, but now the end is in sight! I don’t know what I would have done without the help of the volunteers! They have been invaluable!” – Stephanie
The homework task over the break is to do a comparison shop. This piece of commercial research is important because it will allow the students to understand their competitors and compare their products – allowing them to differentiate their products from the rest of the market. It also provides a great excuse to go shopping!
#FADFactoftheday – A toile is an early version of a finished garment made up in cheap material so that the design can be tested and perfected. It comes from the French word meaning ‘canvas’ and entered the English language in the 12th Century!