Yes, a jacket that turns into a bag, Very Confusing.
This course was Design for Function. I’ve only ever made dresses, so this was really out my comfort zone; first jacket, first bag, first jacketbag.
How? Well, the bag was sewn separately to jacket and then sewn open along the back seam on the jacket, so that the jacket can fold into a section in the bag. Then the second section with a zip in the bag could be used functionally. (Apologies if that made absolutely no sense)
My target market was The U.S Coast Guards, thinking about shelter from the water especially (since they’re next to the see). Shout out to W.L GORE that sponsored the class with amazing Goretex material. (http://www.gore.com/en_gb/index.html)
This project took me a solid month and a half to properly get started and there were definitely a lot of late nights sewing and mental breakdowns (that’s University for you).
But 3 months later I have a jacket that actually somehow successfully turns into a bag, and I’m pretty happy with it!
This project was all about not using typical paper patterns and using different creative techniques to make a garment.
The first garment was made using Subtraction Pattern Cutting… What is this you ask? Well I’m bad at trying to explain things, but long story short tube technique invented by Julian Robert, which reduces time and fabric waste. Julian Roberts has made a free pdf file explaining his study into this online- http://thecuttingclass.com/post/65052582315/subtraction-pattern-cutting-with-julian-roberts
The technique creates very organic and weird shapes and after many trials on mini mannequin, I made my final dress which I was pretty happy with….(except for the back, which is too short because mannequins don’t have legs, so forward thinking next time hannah)
Step 1- Drawing on bodices and creating random line
The next garment was created by taking 4 jersey t-shirts (American Apparel) and draping the fabric directly onto the mannequin. I created a cardigan/tied dress which I was really happy with and totally would wear…
2015 When in my final year at school, I was given the chance to attend 6 month course, once a week, alongside my other subjects at Glasgow Caledonian [http://www.gcu.ac.uk/]. The course was ‘Fashion Brand Retailing’, catered for 6th year students who are thinking of a possible career in fashion and this was to act as a stepping stone before actually going to University.
In my case, I was scared at the thought of leaving school and making that lifetime choice. I was in between the possibilities of studying media or fashion. I thought I may aswell do this course to find out if a degree in fashion was for me. The course included a bit of everything; some designing, business, marketing and creative projects.
One project, we were put into groups and had to make a paper dress:
which was pretty fun, getting creative and experimenting with applying paper to the form in different ways.
The course really made you learn how to work in groups and gave some experience in giving presentations, writing reports. Which really did prepare me for my current education now at Heriot-Watt University (BA Fashion Design)[https://www.hw.ac.uk/study/uk/undergraduate/fashion.htm].
For the final hand in we researched into a brand sold at Urban Outfitters and taking a garment we developed it and drew designs from that. The bohemian and feminine brand ‘Free People’ was my chosen brand and I just LOVE their clothes.[https://www.freepeople.com/uk/]
I really enjoyed this course and it definitely gave me that extra edge when applying to universities, especially when applying to other uni’s for Fashion Design. I also really enjoyed this course, mainly because of the passion which was taught by Nicola O’Hara.
I have always been interested in combining my love for nature and fashion together.
I continuously take inspiration from Alexander McQueen, Zac Posen and Ellie Saab type garments which illuminate with nature themes and express femininity.
For my garment design in Higher Art I chose to take inspiration from decaying flowers and plants, and focused in on the unusual form that dying plants turn into, taking this I tried showing this process in a dress.
I really enjoyed this project and I think it was my start point in Fashion Design.
Research into Alexander McQueen dresses and decaying plants and flowers…
Development- playing about with dying fabric to get a faded look and knitting with metal wire to show the way dead branches intertwine…
Front- The leaf shapes were created by plastic wire sewn into fabric
Back- hand knitted wire detailed with beads featured in the back