Summer Fashion School 6/6

Posted by on Jul 30, 2014

Summer Fashion School 6/6

Well I’m finally getting round to posting the last in the series of my 6-wk Fashion School with Summer. In the last session we headed to Canoe lake in Southsea to have a little Photoshoot Then choose our favourites, added them to the project sheet we created last week! I am so proud of Summer and myself, Summer did incredibly well and I really enjoyed doing this new style of one on one teaching. I’m happy that Summer and her mum are keen to do some more sessions together, we’re thinking maybe an illustration project as Summer is really into Manga art. So, keeping with this project for now, here are some shots from our last session and some of the final photoshoot! What do you think of the dress? I think it’s very Summer! If you have any questions about my freelance teaching please comment below or send me an...

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Summer Fashion School 5/6

Posted by on Jul 19, 2014

Summer Fashion School 5/6

Finally getting round to doing the last 2 instalments of Summer Fashion School. In week 5 of 6 we were finishing up things ready for the final session and photoshoot on the last week. Summer had cut out lots of circles of the dress fabric as was going to adorn the neckline with these so the resembled flowers. We also used this session to put together Summer’s final project sheet. On this sheet we included the original mood-boards, the design ideas, summers bird sketch, the illustrated collection, pattern pieces, sewing trials and fabric swatch board. The we left a little space for the final photoshoot photos that we’ll take next week! I’ll let you take a look...

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Summer Fashion School – 3/6 & 4/6

Posted by on Jun 20, 2014

Summer Fashion School – 3/6 & 4/6

Sorry, It’s been a busy couple of weeks and I’m a bit behind, let me update you on what Summer and I have been up to on our weekly Fashion School Sessions… 3/6 This week we focussed on creating the large applique bird Summer wanted to put on the front of her dress. I went and brought some bondaweb (like wonderweb strips but is on a roll with paper backing) and we used this to create fabric collage (how I explained applique to Summer) Firstly we figured out a rough size then Summer sketched out the bird. Sections were added which could be made from different materials. We then cut these all out and ironing the bondaweb to the reverse of the fabric we then set about putting together our puzzle. Summer really enjoyed the experience and was super happy with the final result… We’re going to add eye and feet details with a fabric pen next week) Here are some snaps I took of the process…   4/6 So this week it was time to make the dress. I choose a really simple dress pattern that I had previously used for my real Fashion School. We tweaked the pattern a little to make sure it was a better fit then set out cutting out our pattern pieces. This was also Summer’s first real time on the sewing machine. I was so proud of her! She did amazing! Once we had a 2 pieces Summer pinned them together and after a quick lesson started putting her dress together. A quick try on and some minor alterations and we were done! You could tell Summer was really proud of her dress and rightly so! After that we attached the bird to the front and the end is in site. We’re taking a break next week as Summer is off on a little break with her family, but will be back the week after to finish embellishing the dress and hopefully doing a photoshoot! Here are some photos that show the progress of the session (which was an hour and half this week)...

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Summer Fashion School – 2/6

Posted by on Jun 4, 2014

Summer Fashion School – 2/6

Well, week 2 done. I honestly cannot believe how quickly an hour goes by when we’re working together, if only they went that quick when I’m at work! haha So this week we concentrated on illustration and finalising the collection. Summer is already a keen illustrator so I think she enjoyed this week, she did really well. I gave Summer a selection of templates to choose from to help her make her drawings look like a collection, After a few examples and handy tips she started to draw her designs using the silhouette under the paper. Once that was complete we started adding some colour using ProMarkers. I adore these pens and their watercolour-esq finish. I use them for my illustrations and Summer liked working with them too which is a bonus. Finally some detail was added to the illustration using a black fine-liner. I’m so impressed with Summer and what she created… I took loads of snaps this week so will put them all below… what do you think? I think she did so well!! In case anyone else is interested in my freelance teaching please get in touch. I have a Pttls qualification and am Arts award trained for Discover, Explore, Bronze and Silver. I also have a full CRB check and have done disability training. I am keen to undertake more freelance teaching work and really enjoy these sessions! Wouldn’t it be fun if one day I could do this all the time! Enjoy the rest of your week and we’ll be back next week when we start playing around with...

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Summer Fashion School – 1/6

Posted by on May 28, 2014

Summer Fashion School – 1/6

I regularly teach a weekly fashion school at The Spring for 11-16yr olds. It’s something that I really enjoy, even if a class of 12 pre teens can sometimes be a bit of a gigglefest! :/ I was asked about the possibility of doing a one-on-one session with one of my students who is home-schooled just around the corner from me. This is a first but I was really excited to try a very different approach to teaching and having just completed our first of 6 sessions I throughly enjoyed it. The time flied by which I can only take as a good sign! Having recently undertaken my PTTLS teaching qualification I was able to apply some of the theories to my lesson plan. Over 6 weeks I will be working with summer on a complete project, my basic plan is as follows… Week 1 Mood board, design concept & choices, basic collection design Week 2 Final Fashion Illustration. Print design/surface decoration Week 3 Finish surface decoration. Pattern cutting and garment construction Week 4 Continued garment construction & finishing Week 5 Styling & photoshoot Week 6 Final presentation board creation and finishing off My teaching style is relaxed and fun (I like to think) I like music on in the background (Summer’s choice of Kelly Clarkson) and we worked in my lounge at my coffee table and on the floor. We managed to go over the plan for the 6 weeks, which got 2 thumbs up and a big old excited smile of approvement. We then discussed illustration for a bit as it’s a mutual passion of both of ours… Summer loves anime and my illustrative work has a definite nod to that distinctive style. We then looked at some fabric samples and begun to make moodboards. We decided on two as two styles were emerging. Both focused on nature and recycling. One had a more subtle palette and had a more ‘English country side’ feel to it, where as the other was much more tropical/jungle floral theme. We then just had time to do a joint quick sketch of outfit choices which might make up part of her final collection. She’s taken her moodboards & sketches home with her to see if she can come up with any more outfit choices and I’m excited to see what she come’s back with next week! As for next week our plan is...

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