Alongside my final year at University, I had the opportunity to work within the childrenswear sector of the fashion industry. Throughout University I have solely focused on womenswear however, this placement has given me the opportunity to explore and understand childrenswear in depth. Whilst balancing both studying Garment Technology and undertaking a placement at the same time, I have been able to develop my technical skills, my attention to detail and time management. As a result of this experience, I have chosen to re-create and produce a capsule collection for Zara girlswear. Zara’s unique brand strategy and core values piqued my interest in wanting to re-create a selection of their garments. This portfolio showcases the development of the project from the initial designs from Zara, through to pattern cutting, grading and garment construction. The product range has progressed my pattern cutting, sewing and problem-solving skills through working with a variety of fabrics and challenging construction techniques.
Having had experience working within luxury fashion, I wanted to explore the sector because it would challenge me to work to a high standard and be very self-critical to achieve the quality of garments expected from a luxury fashion brand.
My long-term consciousness of the need for more sustainable ways of working led me to choose to collaborate with Stella McCartney. The brand has been finding alternatives to traditional materials since it was founded in 2001 and have become serious competitors in the luxury fashion market, despite using materials such as vegan leather and sustainable viscose. Fashion is the world’s second largest polluting industry, so it is imperative that we tackle the issue.
“You shouldn’t sacrifice style, fashionability or
quality just because you’re working in this way.”
– Stella McCartney, Vogue, 2021
Over the course of my FMP I developed 3 garments which make up 1 full outfit, overseeing the production process from pattern cutting and grading to tech packs, testing and quality assurance.
For my final major project, I decided to focus on creating a sustainable collection by showcasing the fast fashion brand Prettylittlething. This brand is well known for its unspeakable reputation regarding environmental issues and sustainability. I prove that it is possible to create fashion from sustainable fabrics and the use of ethical manufacturing and labour wefare.
During this project I am now proficient in a vast variety of technical skills such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and AccuMark, which is enabling me to produce a technical flat into a 3D product by minimizing my time and reducing productivity costs. This has allowed my work to portray both an understanding and a visual development producing an excellent high quality outcome.
One of my favourite skills is being able the grade a pattern and produce the same design in a variety of sizes reflecting the original garment.