Seeing as the blog is taking a little backseat right now because #thirdyearproblems and over the years both readers and those around me have asked what it is I actually do at University and what it means to be a young designer I figured I’d share my most recent little project with you all. Do bear in mind this was a 10 day Bootcamp project so not how I always work and was much more simplified and straight forward we were to take an idea from concept through to final garment stages in 10days. Starting out in this industry can be very full-on, you want to make an impression but stay true to your artistic expression, so if you are putting your stuff out online then you are going to expect people to give their opinions, however, if that is what you want, good or bad, you are going to need to build up your visibility online, so you may want to look into how you can buy Instagram followers as well as grow your brand (if you have one) through personal marketing, these are just examples of what you could do, there is a lot more you can dip into and see if it works. The most important thing to bear in mind is that you are doing this for yourself and you have a passion you want to show to the world. My Third Year – What Fashion Students Actually Do
It’s hard to say what happens on a typical day as each day is very different – you can be out finding fabrics, doing samples with your fabrics to see what works and what doesn’t doing sketchbook work to inform your collection, breaking down (this is definitely a weekly occurrence), sewing, reading books, pattern cutting, drawing, etc.
For this project – I was looking at architecture so I did some work in my sketchbook, I also worked digitally (photoshop, cad, illustrator, etc) created some prints, designed various line ups, decided on the look I felt most represented me in terms of my design ideas at this stage, made a toile (a rough draft if you will usually in canvas or cheap cotton that you sew up to see any design and technical problems with your garment) and then the final piece.
My final garment was a clean cute two piece outfit with hidden closures. The pants were tailored to sit high on the waist, tight (comfortably) on the bum and then gradually looser.