Pattern Cutting & Advanced Pattern Cutting
PATHWAY* · ADVANCED PATTERN CUTTING
Additional study for core course · 1 week
The goal of this short specialisation course is to stimulate a creative design approach to patternmaking. This in turn leads to more sophisticated and complex patterns, and promotes the study of alternative garment construction methods. Through experimentation, more creative shapes and volumes can be achieved, as well as a higher level in technical content. To encourage a more up-to-date and comprehensive preparation participants take a broad look at volume, shape and form, and the latest fashion trends.
Participants are encouraged to go beyond the traditional patternmaking construction techniques and examine new ways that include draping or ‘moulage’, and alternative and experimental deconstruction techniques. Top fashion shows will be analysed to investigate shape, volume and details. Understanding the latest ‘must haves’ and trends encourage participants to embrace contemporary issues in the industry. Garments created in calico or ‘toiles’ are improved upon through fitting sessions using mannequins. At the end of the course participants are invited to present 1 full garment that can be showcased on a model.
*Pathways are 1-2 week study courses that focus on a particular theme or skill within a ‘core’ study area. Participants choose pathways as an add-on to their core course in order to undertake further study in their chosen subject.
The goal of this short course is to provide participants with a basic knowledge of garment construction and to understand how pattern making is an integral part of the creative process of a fashion collection. During the course participants are introduced to basic technical tools of patternmaking, and practical methods related to pattern creation and workflow. The world of fabrics and their varying possibilities of application in a fashion collection are also introduced via a short study of fibers, textiles and materials, and their properties.
COURSE THEMES · CORE COURSE
During the first part of the course participants are introduced to various phases in basic garment construction, namely: skirts, trousers or dresses. From the realization of 2D patterns where all technical aspects are explored, they move on to 3D calico ‘toiles’ or models, in order to check shape and proportion; subsequently working on the mannequin, silhouettes and volumetric features can be verified. Fittings and the application of changes to initial patterns are also fundamental steps in order to proceed to the final production phase.
During the second week participants may apply their knowledge to more advanced garments such as jackets and outwear, alongside a brief study materials and their properties necessary to satisfy specific requirements in the creation of fashion products. At this point in the course participants are able to become familiar with sewing machines,
as well as an understanding of correct garment construction processes. A general overview of ‘serger’ or overlocking machines and new technologies show how to create more precise finishing touches and seams. Throughout the course additional creative and technical elements of garment construction are discussed providing participants with a more detailed understanding of this fascinating part of the industry.