02 Mar 2011
Fundamentals of Pattern Making: Moving Darts by Cut and Spread

Bottega Veneta, AW11, Milan. Once you have altered your basic pattern blocks to fit correctly, you will want to be able to change the design of the pattern, while remaining confident that you haven’t made any major changes to the fit of the garment. One of the first steps to...

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01 Mar 2011
Seam Finishes: French Seams

Simone Rocha, AW11, London. When sheer fabrics are used the seam finish needs to be carefully considered since it can be seen from the outside of the garment. One of the most common ways of finishing seams for sheer and very fine fabrics is by using french seams.

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28 Feb 2011
Fully Fashioned and Cut and Sew Knitwear at Jil Sander

Jil Sander, AW11, Milan. When it comes to knitwear there are basically two ways that the shape of the garment can be made. These two processes are commonly referred to as ‘fully fashioned’ and 'cut and sew’.

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25 Feb 2011
Pattern Tool Box: Pattern Notcher

Pattern Notcher. An essential element of a pattern makers tool box is to have a really good pattern notcher. Pattern notchers are used to make small notches in the edge of cardboard and paper patterns to mark seam allowance and positions of darts and pleats.

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24 Feb 2011
Raglan Sleeves at Richard Nicoll

Richard Nicoll, AW11, London. When a collection gets referred to as sporty it can be often be due to the fabrics, or the detailing such as the use of sporty closures, velcro, double ended zips etc. In the case of the recent Richard Nicoll collection the sporty edge was achieved...

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23 Feb 2011
Alexander Wang’s Felted Knitwear

Alexander Wang, AW11, New York. Felting is one of those crafty techniques that can risk being the unnecessary centre of attention on a garment. It is a process by which soapy water and friction are applied to wool to make the fibres lock together to create a new fabric.

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22 Feb 2011
Pocket Bags at Christopher Kane

Christopher Kane, AW11, London. Pocket bags are simply the pieces of fabric that form the inside section of pockets. They are normally hidden, discreet, utilitarian and completely forgetable. Unless of course you are Christopher Kane and an opaque pocket bag could get in the way of your liquid vision.

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22 Feb 2011
Crochet for Holland and Kane

House of Holland, AW11, London. The use of crochet in both the recent House of Holland and the collection by Christopher Kane makes a perfect example of just how differently two designers can use one reference.

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21 Feb 2011
Fundamentals of Sewing: Seams

Above are the two most commonly used types of seams in contemporary sewing, closed and open seams and they are essentially sewn in the same way but are named differently depending on how the seam allowance is dealt with.

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20 Feb 2011
Pattern Making Fundamentals: Seam Allowance

When taken back to it’s most basic level, sewing is the means by which we have clothed ourselves for thousands of years. According to wikipedia the act of sewing dates back to the stone age, where even before there was woven fabric humans would sew together fur and skin using...

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18 Feb 2011
Pattern Tool Box: Tracing Wheel

Image from MacCulloch & Wallis» Tracing wheels are usually a blunt, serrated edge or needle point style wheel on a wooden or plastic handle. They are used for transferring markings between patterns, or between patterns and fabric. The example tracing wheel in the image is an example of a needle point...

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17 Feb 2011
American Craftsmanship

Proenza Schouler, AW11. There have been times in the past where a theme of hand crafts running through the collections can be a little too dowdy and kitsch. This time around at the New York Autumn/Winter 2011 shows, the American craftsmanship coming through is focused and comes in sophisticated colour...

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