Thoroughly exhaustimicated at the end of term. I promise you I worked harder for this quaint little TAFE course, than I ever did to earn a degree! To finish the course we have a College Parade, which is a bit like a graduation ceremony, but with more chandeliers and bling. Although I was thinking "Don't trip!" and "Stand that collar up!" and the like, it's still quite satisfying to see your garments being tromped down the catwalk by a bunch of Amazonian women.
Working from my mood board (see previous blog entry!) I hand draw sketches of what I'm going to make.
Patterns are drawn up by hand and a toile or test garment pieced together. At college, we have rolls and rolls of fabric oddments to cobble toiles together. At home, I like to pick up cheap fabric from op shops for testing patterns. It can be a bit of an eyesore, but it's great for trialling. Here's a snap taken in our college studio...
Ever wondered why "all-look-same" when you go shopping for clothes? Blame it on the trend forecasters! At college, we use a French company called Promostyl who for an exhorbitant fee will send you a big folder full of the next big things. They boil down a fashion season into a dozen concepts and even provide colour palettes so that textile manufacturers can start producing fabrics in the "it" colours for Summer 2013.
Here's my mood board from which I'll draw up some design developments, draft patterns, make toiles and sew up a collection. All by June. Wish me luck!
Thank you to the lovely Emily and her mum, Margo for taking these lovely shots of one of my college projects.
Emily is a student who entered a modelling competition and did very well, even taking out Miss Congeniality (the best award!)
For some more images from the shoot take a look at Burda Style here.