I have worked with an independent bridal designer based in Gloucestershire, taking her pieces through the full manufacture process.
The objective of my FMP was to seek out my own collaboration with an industry expert. I have been working alongside Ellie Lowe, an independent designer who works from her own studio based in Gloucestershire. All her pieces are made by herself, placing an emphasis on final hand finishes and details. The main aim of this project was to take two complete outfits through a full manufacture process, from creating my own specification charts, technical packs and manufacturing process, through to the final fits and garments.
The process involved three fit session, each identifying issues which needed to be resolved, as well as any areas which did not need any amendments.
The whole process has enabled me to explore and develop a range of skills needed as a garment technologist, for example, grading, creating size charts and working out lay plans and costings.
It has been an invaluable experience and I look forward to applying these skills to a future position.
As my Final Major Project I was challenged to redesign a uniform for Worcester Bosch.
"The uniform should boost the performance of employees and the image of the company." Worcester Bosch Management
Worcester Bosch is a leading retailer of boilers in the UK and a part of worldwide Bosch group. It employs more than 400 people and has a large chain of retailers.
The uniform had to represent the company, communicate to the customer and look appealing on a shop floor. It also had to provide a comfortable work-to-leisure clothing for workers. Technical requirements included safety, durability and relatively small cost.
Final designs were translated into technical drawings, then manual and digital patterns. After toiles were fitted, patterns were graded to a specified size range, medium and large size toiles were produced. I have also produced tech packs, costings and liaised with wholesale suppliers.
For my final major project I collaborated with Burberry which I developed a trench and duffle coat from a given specification drawing. I attended fit meetings which gave me feedback on my manufacturing and fit of my garments. I manually graded my base size medium to an extra large which I inputted into the Gerber system. I also produced technical packs for both of my coats.
Darrah was able to create a summer collection, from initial development through to final outcomes based on the brand's designs
During FMP I worked directly with industry, taking initial designs through development and manufacturing process’ to produce final outcomes. Taking on the role as supplier, I was able to liaise with the brand, work to required specifications and manage the critical path during all stages of production. In collaboration with George at ASDA I have been able to communicate with the brand, and present to them finished garments by attending two fit meetings. This process started by creating initial garment patterns from specifications, followed by the construction of seal and production samples. Any necessary amendments were made too these patterns after attending first fit. I was then able to manually grade each individual pattern, before digitizing these patterns to create graded nests ranging from a size 10-18. Once the patterns had been finalised I was able to create Layplans and accurate costings, alongside detailed technical packs and specification charts using Gerber, Photoshop and Illustrator.
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Jordan worked in collaboration with Scimitar Sportswear. They are a RTW sportswear company based in Worcester.
For my FMP I collaborated with industry.
Scimitar Sportswear sent me 5 size specification charts and from this I created 5 garments.
I created technical drawings which then evolved into finished RTW garments. I attended regular fit meetings with Scimitar who produced feedback for improvements. I graded the final size 10 garments up to a 16 and then re-created these.
Main interests: Garment Technology, Pattern Cutting, Product Development, Gerber.
Fashion Design with Garment Technology graduate seeking employment in garment technology & product development in the North West.
I designed and produced a capsule collection for an ethical fashion brand based in Malawi, Africa. I analysed and managed the critical path during all production stages. I created and developed technical drawings into finished garments, from translating the initial designs to flat pattern cutting and construction of seal and production samples. I attended two fit sessions with the founder and adapted the patterns as necessary, regarding aesthetic, functionality and fit. I graded both manually and digitally, from a UK size 8-16, then drafted lay plans, detailed technical packs and specification charts using Gerber and Illustrator.
The collection is made from 100% cotton fabric in traditional African prints, I identified potential textile testing opportunities and ensured that each garment complied with EU regulations. These designs will be put into production and sold online in summer 2017.
“Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” Martin Luther King Jr.
Alexandria worked with high end womenswear brand LK Bennett London to create a Spring Summer capsule collection based on the brand's designs.
Her main interests include garment technology, pattern cutting and product development in RTW womenswear. She is currently seeking employment in these areas, and is willing to re-locate for the right position.
Alexandria is the grateful recipient of the George Jackson Educational Travel Fund for her working during her Final Major Project. The funds are towards a trip to India to volunteer for ethical women's co-operative Creative Handicrafts, who create RTW garments for People Tree and other European brands.