The first few weeks in to my final year have involved library and online research time, to help shape my ideas. This has included collating articles in journals, such as Collezioni, Selvage and Vogue, to look at what is current and future predictions and trends; by looking at books about recycled fashion, such as ‘ReFashioned: Cutting-Edge Clothing from Upcycled Materials’ by Sass Brown and Natalie Chanin and ‘Junky Styling: Wardrobe Surgery’ by Annika Sanders and Kerry Seager; and researching in to planning and designing a fashion collection with books, such as ‘Developing a Collection’ by Elinor Refrew and Colin Refrew and ‘Basics Fashion Design 01: Research and Design’ by Simon Seivewright.
I’ve also spent time over the summer collecting recycled clothing (as this will be the basis of my final collection). This will be ongoing throughout the year, because the more I have to choose from the better!
I’ve also spent the time taking measurements and drafting a number of basic blocks for my model, Louise, who be wearing all of my final garments.
The blocks are drafted from Winifred Aldrich’s ‘Metric Pattern Cutting for Women’s Wear’. The blocks include:
- Close fitting bodice block with one-piece sleeve.
- Tailored jacket block with two-piece sleeve.
- Tailored skirt block.
- Trouser block.