Recipient of RISD CE Scholarship.
Patternmaking 1 introduced me to the techniques of flat-pattern drafting and draping on the dress form. After learning to draft the basic slopers for skirt, bodice and sleeve, I was taught to develop apparel concepts using various patterning and draping techniques. Patterns are proven in muslin. As a final project, I designed and constructed an original garment in muslin based on measurements taken on the figure.
This intermediate course expanded my skills learned in Patternmaking I, by continuing with the more complicated details of a garment, such as collars, facings, plackets, sleeve cuffs and pockets. Patternmaking II began with sloper manipulation, combined with draping on the dress form. The course addresses woven patternmaking, covering basic aspects of tailored men's and women's wear. Such patternmaking details as edge treatments and bindings were also examined. By the conclusion of the course, I designed and constructed an original garment in muslin with clean and interesting details.
Haute Couture + 20th-Century Fashion
This class gave a glimpse of fashion's most historic moments of the 20th Century and discover the greatest style influences of this remarkable time period. From the origins of haute couture in the early part of the century, through the Roaring Twenties, World Wars I and II, the New Look of the 1950s, and the Fashion Revolution of the '60s and '70s. Relive the 1980s with its "Dress for Success"styling, and finish with the minimalist and unisex dress of the 1990s. Every decade boasts influential designers and icons; Charles Frederick Worth, Coco Chanel, Elsa Schiaparelli, Madeleine Vionnet and Christian Dior were only a few of the many designers featured in this exploration of 20th-century fashion.
Sewing 101 familiarized me with my sewing machine while providing instruction in basic sewing skills. We reviewed the sewing kit equipment, needle position, stitch types, the impact of fabric types and qualities, as well as how to avoid bunching and jamming. In addition to learning basic stitches each week for a sample sewing notebook, I practiced basic procedures by creating small items sewn in the first three sessions. I then advanced to three larger projects for the next two sessions -- one simple pair of pajama bottoms, one simple sleeveless blouse, and one zippered maxi dress with embellishments.
This course reinforces the basic sewing skills learned in Sewing 101, continuing with more complicated sewing stitches and seams. In addition to keeping a sample sewing notebook, I had to sew several smaller but more complicated items (depending on the season) -- such as a rain hat, rain poncho, fleece sweatshirt, hat or mittens, and a tablet or cell phone case -- for the first two sessions. Then progressed to constructing three medium-level garment projects for the next three sessions -- one top or shirt, one pair of pants or skirt, and one item of my choice, such as a dress.
Deconstruct to Reconstruct: Upcycled Couture
In this course, I learned how to take creative action to reduce my carbon footprint by exploring ways of restyling, reusing or upcycling found fashions. I brought in pre-owned garments, and then deconstruct, drape and reconstructed them by adding or subtracting elements. Utilizing both apparel and textile design approaches, I was able to transform common clothing into textured, layered, dimensional and sophisticated fashion. Techniques explored include fabric sewing and hand manipulation techniques, such as pleating, gathering and tucking; surface embellishment techniques such as applique, beading, embroidery and felting; and textile design techniques such as canning, stenciling, block printing, and basic screenprinting.
Sketching Designs for Patterns
Beginning with basic illustration concepts, I developed a theme and mood for my designs on full bodies. Then proceed to flat sketches showing exact details of the garments, including front and back views, and combine them with my previous mood illustrations to create a storyboard of our designs, show a collection and choose a few favorite items on which to focus. Those items are translated into specification sheets, as I learn to take measurements on a similar garment to come up with measurements for our own designs. Once the spec sheets are complete, I constructed a simple flat patterns using inch-marked grid pattern paper.
Shibori Scarves Workshop
Shibori, an ancient Japanese textile tradition dating back to the 8th Century, is a process of dying cloth through stitching, binding folding, twisting and clamping, thus creating unique patterns and texture. In this workshop I was first introduced to the many variations within the technique, including Kanoko, Kumo and Nui, by first making small samples to grasp the basics that can then be used for reference when making larger pieces. This is followed by stitching cotton and silk scarves and submerging them in dye baths. Procion dyes are used, and learning how to work with the dyes is an integral aspect of the process.
Nuno Felting Workshop
Nuno felting combines wool fibers with an open weave fabric such as silk gauze to create scarves or decorative hangings. First, wool fibers are laid out on silk fabric, and then warm soapy water is rolled over the top. Gorgeous, textured cloth results when the wool has felted and shrunk, leaving the silk scrunched. In class I created a unique, lightweight and warm scarf.
Needle Felting Small Sculptures Workshop
The needle felting process uses a special needle to entwine wool fibers to create small, soft, colorful and lightweight sculptures. The technique also lends itself to making jewelry and small decorative objects.
- August 2014
Providence, Rhode Island, United States