In the fourth workshop in the Fashion Futures programme, students’ design ideas started to come to life, as we worked on technical drawings, explored different fabrics and launched into pattern making.
Technical drawings are the precise, diagrammatic illustrations which a designer uses to tell the manufacture exactly what their design idea is and how it should be made. Students practised making accurate and in proportion sketches of their designs, showing construction information including seam lines, fastenings and design details.
Next, we explored how to identify and classify different types of fabric, according to the fibre its made from, as well as the fabric structure and type. We considered different fabrics’ properties and applications, as well as thinking about which fabrics are more sustainable, in terms of raw material, production process and garment lifecycle.
Then it was time to scale up, and start the paper patterns for students’ final garments. We began by tracing around basic garment blocks, which over the next two sessions will be transformed into unique patterns representing individual designs.
This week’s independent task is a Comp Shop, where students will investigate their commercial competitors and the range of rival products on the market.
We take a break next Saturday for half term; we’ll be back on 29th February with workshop 5.