With a keen eye for detail and a desire to have an impact on the commercial fashion industry, a degree in Fashion Design with Garment technology has provided an initial platform in which to do so. The work completed throughout my time at University, paired with my work placement at Paul Smith has provided me with an understanding of what is required for a career in the fashion industry whilst instilling valuable lessons which will contribute towards my success in a future career as a Garment Technologist.
Combining simple tailored silhouettes with colour flash detailing, this Final Major Project has paved the way for a playful experimentation through all stages of the production process creating red seal garments which have the perfect balance between creative and commercial. Building upon the knowledge and skills gained from my work placement at Paul Smith, I have been given an insight into the production process on a whole. Whilst following a critical path, I have taken garments from design stage through to Quality control. The base size patterns produced have then been graded up one size to establish grade rules to be input into Gerber for the creation of a graded nest. Overall this project has enabled the creation of my personal version of Sir Paul Smith's 'clothes with secrets'.
I'm a graduate student. In the final project I collaborated with George.
I Lama Bawab is a very ambitious, passionate person about being a garment technology student.
I have development many skills and experienced many situations.
Skills that I have development are pattern cutting, Gerber, grading, design development and size charts and many more.
In the final at university closing my degree. The final module was required that I collaborate with a brand company.
So, the brand that caught my eye was George.
I decided to collaborate with George as I enjoyed doing my research
about the company and looking at their size charts but also,
I enjoyed the idea of creating a garment that needs to be to a specific size and style.
Prior to my final year at university, a year within industry had given me a range of knowledge and experiences with a smaller scale brand that has processes entirely different to companies that work on a more global scale. This enticed me to want to explore the alternate side of the industry to what I had previously experienced, thus gaining a more thorough understanding and developing a wider exposure to more varieties of the industry. In my FMP project I collaborated with British born retailer Superdry. The remit was to produce a capsule collection of two outfits from the brands designs, focusing on the creation of red seal samples with the view to a fit session with Superdry to progress with alterations to a gold seal. This as well as grading, fabric and component testing, product development the process developed skills key to a successful industry garment technologist. Using knowledge and experience to problem solve through the pattern cutting stage and research to ensure standards were kept at Superdry’s industry level. The garments developed in the project was, a trench coat and a shirt dress for the first outfit and a wool jacket, hoodie and jeans for the second. The key to a successful outcome was to ensure the brand (Superdry) was constantly being referred to with thoughts on consumer profiles and the decision of the fabrics, as well as technically identifying whether the process being used was suitable for Superdry as a conglomerate global industry. Overall this project explores all the skills required for a garment technologist, developing work with a brand that has become engrained into the work produced throughout.
My final major project has conjoined all of my underpinned knowledge and skills attained within my three years at university. Throughout my time collaborating with George on a women's wear collection, I began to see and understand where my strengths and key areas of interest lie. I have a great passion for producing strong, accurate and detailed technical drawings I have found it astounding how many skills I have acquired and how transitional these skills kind of skills are knowledge of advanced pattern cutting to conducting Quality assurance and Quality Control checks and reports having the skills and understanding have allowed for the prompt turn around times in manufacturing and creating a range technical packs this project has highlighted key areas I would like to go into in the future as they are of great interest to me with Garment testing and labeling and creating clear and concise Technical packs consisting of all the vital requirements to achieve a high-quality garment fit for purpose are skills I look forward in developing and exploring further.
Working with George for my final major project meant I was able to utilise the skills I have learnt throughout university to create a final collection of work which I am proud of.
As a Garment Technology Graduate I am a passionate and motivated about garment technology, my main focus is quality control to ensure that garments are made to the highest standard. I have had the opportunity to work with one of the biggest supermarket brands to develop a range of their illustrations into a final product. The skills I have learnt have helped me to develop technical files including size charts, grading, pattern cutting and testing. In this project I chose to do womenswear, as it is a leading sector in clothing manufacture, although for future learning these skills are adaptable to all areas. I really enjoyed this project as I was able to use a range of skills and methods to create all the garments while still challenging myself.
I cannot wait to take on the fashion industry using everything I have learnt and learning more and taking on different challenges each day.
After 6 months of working alongside the team at Brøgger, I decided that I
would like to do my final major project in collaboration with them. For the
project, I was required to create 2 outfits which are Brøgger designs, going
through all processes of manufacture to reach 4 complete garments.
During my time working at Brøgger, I got a huge amount of experience
working in the industry. As the team is small I was involved in a lot of work
that was significant including pattern cutting and sewing, I was a valued
member of the team. I developed and gained many skills in these areas and
overall it was a great experience which I undoubtedly enjoyed.
Throughout this portfolio, I will be showcasing the work I have produced
during my collaboration with Brøgger.
For my final major project as a culmination of all the skills I have learned at University, I chose to work with George as part of their girlswear range (age 4-14). During this project I realised my passion for pattern drafting and accurate representation of design, and although never having worked with children's garments before I found a refreshing change to womenswear and thoroughly enjoyed working on this brief. I feel that childrenswear is certainly an area I would like to progress into career wise, as it has helped me realise where I can put my skills to best use. Understanding the importance of testing and labelling, and design of childrenswear from a safety aspect is an area I very much enjoyed researching and expanding my knowledge base on during my time working alongside George.
In Collaboration With Castle Brides Bridal Boutique
"Simplicity is the key note of all true elegance" Coco Chanel
Working in collaboration with Castle Brides Bridal Boutique, this project focused on creating two dresses to required specifications.
The two dresses were appropriately named "Warwick" and "Canterbury" after elegant English cities.
During this project, I have gained experience in every core process within a Garment Technologist role, from fabric sourcing and pattern cutting to measuring and fitting a gown. Every last detail is crucial, particularly in the bridal industry.
This final major project is a culmination of skills and personal development from over the past three years which I am keen to develop further in industry.
Understated yet cool, throw on but never throwaway – this is real life fashion.
THIS IS WHISTLES.
An enthusiasm to explore garment details, development and produce final commercial outcomes has paved the way for me in completing my Fashion Design and Garment Technology degree. Gaining an in-depth knowledge in the production cycle from my degree through to my time spent in the fashion industry has enabled me to demonstrate my skills and full potential to my chosen collaboration company, Whistles. Interning with Whistles opened my eyes to what is expected in the fashion industry and has been valuable in my growth as a future Garment Technologist.
Whistles prides itself on the quality and longevity. Working alongside the Garment Technology team at Whistles, has given me the skills and passion to collaborate on a 4-piece preview collection for SS21. Epitomising the brands ethos, Quality and Longevity will be at the forefront of the preview collection. Within my time in the fashion industry, I developed an eye for high standards ensuring all products achieved the garment longevity Whistles prides itself on, which continued shaping the outcome of my Final Major Project. Every process of the production cycle will be thoroughly considered from pattern cutting to fabric sourcing and testing, through to the development and manufacturing. Bringing together industry experience at Whistles and degree years will collate to a fully informed and successful collaboration portfolio.