Today I had a technical session where we began out half jacket, I think I am going to enjoy doing this a lot as it seems to be very technical and a little bit confusing here and there, we started by constructing the sleeve with a miter seam which helps give a more professional and bespoke finish to the jacket cuff, I found today really helpful as I had always wondered how to do the diagonal seam and now I know.
Today we had a safety and etiquette talk about the studio, this only lasted about 5 minutes so I was able to spend the rest of the morning going around Norwich trying to collect more research, I went to Anglian fabrics to have a look at the different wools they have there I bought a metre of one so that I can begin to play with it in the mannequin, I also went around all of the military shops to see if they had any navy uniforms or anything else navy related that could help me with my research but unfortunately they didn’t and they also told me that it will be very rare if I do find anything, but I will keep looking, I also went to the antiques shops to see if they had anything that might help. After I had done that I came home and worked on my sketchbook and research file.
Today we had our second technical session working on our ½ jacket, the tasks today were to complete the welt pocket and also begin to construct the main shell of the jacket. I found the welt pocket really difficult which really frustrated me as I have done them before but I had done them in another way and I found this way quite difficult but I plan to do another practice to try and perfect it. The rest of the construction was quite simple but it was interesting to see how the patterns are made to that you can get as much movement out of the jacket as possible and so that it doesn’t restrict you at all.
Today we had another group tutorial, I found this quite helpful as I got a lot of feedback some good and some about how to improve which is very useful and I will be taking this on board to help improve and direct my work to the best outcome that I can. I had been having some quite difficult days this week as I was really struggling with research on the royal navy, everything I found kept coming to a brick wall, so it was good to have a positive session to end the week.
We also had a talk about internships from the 3rd years telling us all about their experiences doing them, this was really helpful as it gave me an idea about what sort of thing is out there as well as what sort of things we might get up to if we were to do one.
Hello, Eleanor here, I am currently at Norwich University of the Arts studying Fashion, please join me along my adventure.