The teenagers will learn basic pattern cutting skills from a bodice, sleeve, trouser and skirt block- to learn how to pattern cut their own specific designs. They will design their own mini collection inspired by the sustainable dead-stock fabric donated from designers such as Alexander McQueen, merged with their own aesthetic and personal style and experiences! They will then have the chance to make up these! Starting with one specific garment, they will use the various techniques learnt to make this ‘sample’ up as a real fashion designer would! Specific technical skills and textile techniques will be woven into the lesson plans, using tutor demonstrations, presentations and tasks, which they then choose to use in their own collection and garment.
Example Term Schedule:
Week 1: Learn to Pattern cut! The students will be shown how to pattern cut variations of Tops and Sleeves. Start designing, with examples of fashion design and development.
Week 2: Learn to Pattern cut! The students will be shown how to pattern cut variations of Tops and Sleeves. Develop designing.
Week 3: Learn to Pattern cut! More developed pattern cutting. Finalising developments of mini collection.
Week 4: Mini-Collection Illustration Week
Week 5: Finalise any previous work, and their own illustrated mini collection. Decide on garment to make, and start with the chosen block.
Week 6-12: Pattern cutting, sewing chosen garment.
The tutor will advise the student the whole way through on their own specific project, giving them inspiration and specific and personal technical demonstrations, whilst learning more universal sewing skills.
Some of the specific skills included (tasks, tutor demonstrations and presentations): Rolled hem, Invisible zip, Standard Zips, Different machine feet, Collars, Pockets, Basic Pattern Cutting, Fly Zip, Cuffs, Heat Pressing, how to cut fabrics, choosing the right needle for specific fabrics.
Pick & Mix
Fashion Lab Streetwear will see each student take inspiration from their own idea of streetwear, combining sportswear with their own personal style and a mixture of elements of their choice whether that be hobbies, favourite musicians or general pop culture influences. PICK & MIXing all these elements to create a truly unique design which each student will design and make.
Along the way the students will gain a good understanding of flat pattern cutting, deconstruction, up-cycling and draping which will help improve their understanding of garment construction. Using a combination of donated jersey, sweatshirt and rib fabrics from London based designer Markus Lupfer along with deadstock sportswear from ReRun and second hand denim, students will sample, design and illustrate the outfit they wish to make utilising all the skills they have learnt.
In the true spirit of streetwear the students will be playing around with making their own personal monogram which will be applied their final outfit in one of the many textile techniques they will be experimenting with. Throughout the course they will try their hand at appliqué, vinyl printing, heat transfer painting, fabric painting and embroidery.
Each student will leave the course with a full PICK & MIX outfit designed and made by themselves along side a journey book packed with exciting visual research, design development sketches and textile samples.
What we provide:
Expert tuition, from practicing pattern cutters, fashion designers etc. who have degrees in relevant art and fashion courses.
The use of new and fully serviced Janome 725s sewing machines, scissors, tools and threads etc.
Students can use free donated fabrics as part of our Circularity Bank, bring in their own or buy from our fabric shop.
At the end of term they will come home with:
Design sheets, sustainable fabric awareness and technical sewing samples.
A completed garment and/or accessory designed and made by them.
Certificate of completion (over 80% attendance).
Covid-19 Safety Protocol:
All tutors will wear a mask as part of our 1m + rule if 2m isn’t possible.
Your child will have their own fashion work station with all equipment, machinery, chair, table etc sanitised before each class.
If there is a lockdown that requires The Fashion School to temporarily close, the term will continue online. Please read our booking and cancellation policy at checkout.
Are you new to The Fashion School? If you have not attended a previous term or holiday workshop you will have to take a trial class. Book here.
Fabrics: Students can use free donated fabrics as part of our Circularity Bank, bring in their own or buy from our fabric shop.
If there is a lockdown that requires The Fashion School to temporarily close, the term will continue online.
Teenage Fashion Lab Sat 4pm
Course ticket - for all 12 dates.