Today we had a lecture all about sustainability in fashion, I have found that this has stuck with me and made me think about what I do. I know that I am very good at making sure I get the most out of garments as I can, and once they no longer serve a purpose I make them into something else or use the fabric as scrap. I Found it very interesting to know what happens to the garments that we put into the charity clothes banks, as I thought that the clothes were given to poor people in Africa and other poor regions of the world or for relief after natural disasters.
I found todays lecture really thought provoking about how we treat the world. I found it interesting to see just how much clothing gets thrown out, but I was happy to see that it when it goes into the clothes banks it goes to Africa to be sold so that the people can make a living. I enjoyed learning about the different types of fibres, this is something that I am going to continue researching, as I want to be a sustainable as I can when I am designing and making. When we were learning about other fashion company’s sustainability I was very disappointed by the lack of information on a lot of their websites:
Today I had life drawing, to find out how I got on please read my last blog post.
Deconstruction and Reconstruction
Today’s session was really productive as I began the construction of my final 3D outcome, I have decided to hand stitch each section onto a calico bodice, I am finding it quite hard to stitch as I have to go through quite a lot of layers, but I am really pleased with how it is looking and I know I am on track with construction ready for hand in.
In today's session we were pattern cutting a raglan sleeve and a kimono, I found the kimono quite challenging to start with but once I got into it I understood the directions a lot better and got it finished, I shall go home this evening and type up my notes from today's session and add it to my pattern cutting technical file.
Today was another day of independent study, and I used this to make sure that I was on track with everything. I finished my technical file today and my sample file and I am beginning to feel a lot calmer about the deadline on Friday.
Deconstruction and Reconstruction
Due to a few technical difficulties today was very stressful, but I finished all my work, so I am very happy. I am very pleased with the result of my construction as I feel that it links clearly to all my paperwork
In today's technical session I cut out my t-shirt patterns in jersey and constructed my t-shirt. I used a cover-seam machine for the first time today and I am really pleased with the results. I have never made a jersey t-shirt before, so I enjoyed the challenge and I am quite proud of my results. I found the neckline the hardest as there was a lot to focus on, I had to make sure that I didn't cut the stay tape and make sure that all edges were overlocked; this was the hardest part as you couldn't see the underneath, I had to go over it again in a few places where I hadn't caught.
I have finished!
Today was the last of my life drawing sessions for the time being, and we were drawing a man, this was the second time drawing a man but the first time drawing a naked man, I found it quite difficult getting proportions right as there is less elements than the female form.
This was an hour drawing that I did, we were drawing on a mid-tone paper with pencils and white chalk, at first, I thought it would be really difficult to find something to do for the whole hour, but once I got into it I could have kept going for longer.
Over the past 8 life drawing sessions I have seen a real improvement in my drawing and I getting a lot more confidence in the wok that I have created.
Today I had life drawing and a lecture on Sustainability in Fashion, to find out more please read my previous and next post.
Today's technical session was beginning the manufacture of the yoke skirt hat u pattern cut last week. I have now constructed the skirt, inserted the channel zip and have begun inserting the facing of the yoke. I have never sewn a yoke before, so I have found the sessions very beneficial in improving my technical skills. Next time I create a yoke I will explore a different edge, maybe one with a wave pattern.
In the workshop session I did some more experimentation for my final 3D outcome, I really like the way that this turned out as all the colours work well together and I feel that it is beginning to tie all my research together. Now that everything is beginning to come together I am feeling a lot happier about the deadline next week.
Technical Session- Skirt Manufacture
I am really pleased that I finished my skirt today as it means that I can complete one more section of my technical file for hand in next Friday. My technical file is coming along nicely, and I am on track for next week, it is up to date which has helped me to not stress out too much as it is one less task that I must work on now.
Today we had the assessment briefing it was so helpful as it gave me a clear indication of what is expected of me ready for hand in. As this is our first unit it has been quite daunting to think about the deadline day as we have never had a university one before, but after today I feel a lot happier about it, I have had all my questions answered, I can now start work on my portfolio now we know what we need for it. We were also told how the marking works, I found this very useful as I now understand how the marks are given out.
With exactly one week till the deadline I have started construction on my final 3D outcome, this feels like a big relief as it means that I am one more step closer to finishing all my work for hand in.
We also had a guest lecture today which I will talk about in a post coming out this weekend.
Todays session started with six 4 minute drawings with brush pens, I found this quite difficult to get the whole body drawn in the time, and the positions were quite difficult to draw, but I am a lot more committed to a drawing, I just dive straight in especially in the quick drawings. My line work is improving the more I do, its a lot less sketchy. However my proportions still need a lot of work.
After doing the quick drawings, we moved onto painting, for each painting we had 15 minutes, I enjoyed getting add the colour however I found it quite difficult to paint the faces (especially adding detail), this is something that I need to practice a lot more so that I can get better. Working with paint you get to create your own style especially when looking at clothes as it is how you see a garment, it was interesting looking around at everyone elses paintings, as they were all very different.
Overall I am pleased with how I got on in today's session as I can see a lot of improvement compared to my first session.
Today's life drawing session was all about portraiture, to find out how I got on read my latest reflective journal post.
In today’s technical session we were pattern cutting a yoke skirt. We were first taught how to do it and then we had to go away and complete the task, over the past few weeks I have found that my note taking has really improved, which helps a lot when I have to come back to something. I will go away after today’s session and write up all my notes and put it into my pattern cutting file.
Today we had independent study, where I chose to focus on my sketchbook, I found this time very helpful as I was able to finish lots of work that I had already started. I was beginning to feel a little bit stressed, but I took the time to go through everything and point out what I had already done and what was left to do and now I feel a lot more confident and happy to just get on with it.
Lecture: Senses in Fashion
Today's lecture was extremely interesting, we were taught all about how we can use our other senses when researching for design, I found this really thought provoking as I have only ever thought to use touch and sight, but we have been encouraged to explore smell and sound, for me I found sound rather different, but it is something that I look forward to exploring.
Today's technical session was good however I did struggle with the simple task of getting the correct number of pattern pieces in the correct size of fabric, on the plus side i did learn how to stitch a channel zip, i had never completed a channel zip before so I am pleased to be able to add a new technique to my technical file.
Mood board and Line up workshop
Today we had a mood board workshop where we created mood boards, for this we had to collect 10 images from our research and print them, we then got to stick them to the wall creating a moving mood board that we can change around when ideas move forward, this exercise helped me a lot as I now feel that I have a better idea about how my ideas are going to come together, we also had a peer review session with our mood boards, this gave me loads of new ideas as well as ways that I can improve my mood boards.
For the Line-up workshop we were creating our first 6 outfit line up, I really enjoyed looking at the shapes I have created over the past few weeks and seeing how I can change the scale and shape of things to create an interesting silhouette.
Today I took part in the group tutorials, with two weeks till the deadline I found it useful as I now have a clearer idea of what is left to do and how I can improve what I have already done. I still have quite a lot of work to do in my sketchbook, but my technical and fabric files are coming along nicely, and I now have a very good idea of what I need to include in my sketchbook.
Hello, Eleanor here, I am currently at Norwich University of the Arts studying Fashion, please join me along my adventure.