Pattern cutting session 2 – Anthropometrics and beginning the bodice12th October 2017

In my second session of pattern cutting, the group started by talking about anthropometric measurements by measuring ourselves and others. I was used as an example for the group when we were being taught each measurement that would be taken to determine your body shape or use the set of measurements to create a pattern.
·Mesomorph – pear or triangle ·Endomorph – Apple shaped ·Ectomorph – Rectangular shape ·Hourglass – balanced at top and bottom with smaller middle
During this session I learnt a great deal about the areas of the body you need to measure when fitting a model or creating a size chart for yourself. After measuring my friend and being measured myself I determined my own body shape as an hourglass. When measuring like this to create a size chart it is extremely important to allow for tolerance ease around areas like the elbow.
Understanding the fabric Before beginning to work the fabric at all, …


First 2D Drawing Session with Emma - 10th October 2017
The begining of week 11 started with my first drawing and 2D session. This was a chance for me to begin in my 2D sketchbook and start creating visual and experimental work. In pairs, we were given one word. Our challenge was to represent the initial reactions we had to the word through use of calico and other materials on the stand. I was very happy to do this, I had been eager to work on the stand. My word was 'sheltered'. 

Initially in my pair, we brainstormed the first words that popped into our heads when presented with the sheet of paper. Without thinking too much, we began working onto the stand - to keep the outcome as organic as possible.

Using a variety of white fabrics, we began covering the mannequin in a way that resembled protection and shielding to us. Starting at the shoulders was important to represent this, we made this the focal point of the outcome.

Knotting, scrunching, wrapping - any way to manipulate …


Introduction to Industrial sewing machines - 6th October 2017
Following on from my pattern cutting induction, this week I also took part in an induction on using the industrial sewing machines with Caz. This was a workshop I had been really looking forward to as I have used machines in the past, but I was keen to see the difference when using an industrial style machine.

The first thing I did, after the health and safety briefing, was thread my machine. This already had a lot more steps to it than a domestic machine, and once using it for the first time I found out that it also has a lot more power. The machines are fitted with a lever by the knee to rise and lower the needle which I found very helpful.

The first step was just getting used to how the machine worked, creating straight lines on calico to get the hang of how much pressure to apply to the pedal etc. I found it quite easy to operate in terms of this. It is necessary to always do a back track at the start and end of a line …


Introduction to Pattern Cutting with Karen - 5th October 2017
This week, after being set my initial brief I began my technical and practical workshops in my group with specialist tutors. On Thursday I took part in my first pattern cutting session, learning the fundamentals and a brief history of the craft of pattern cutting. I learnt which equipment I am required to use to do pattern cutting successfully, and also which areas such as understanding the human anatomy, analytical skills, knowledge of textiles and fashion awareness are all key to being able to start pattern cutting. 
Pattern primary blocks- Most patterns begin as a rectangle. Then add measurements for arms, necks, and darts. All pattern blocks start as halves. 
Fitted Bodice sits above the waistLonger bodice (using a dress block) sits below the waist Casual block (doesn't include darts) Skirt block and trouser block - below the waistSecondary blocks - These are blocks that have had dimension changes or have been worked …