The past two weeks I’ve continued drawing and started to research fabrics and patterns. Adding more texture and detail to my drawings has been very beneficial in helping those looking at the drawings understand things like what fabric I’m using and how I want the garments to drape. I plan on starting to practice planning, drawing, and cutting patterns next week and purchase some fabric I can use to start the first pieces I want to sew. This week I implemented the guidelines given to listen and ask questions effectively.

Listening

#5 Discuss any new points of view you developed while in conversation with your mentor.

Ms. Learmonth spoke briefly about popular local fashion and mentioned First Nations designer Chloe Angus who creates scarves with designs from her own culture. The media around First Nations designs fuels her sales on the product. This conversation made me realize the impact of culture and trends on the designs fashion designers create. Local and international designers capitalize on trends to create products that will sell.

#9 How do your mentor’s values differ from yours?

Ms. Learmonth told me that she has a background in fashion because she was really interested in it when she was younger. I mentioned this before in a previous blog post, but her taste and inspiration in fashion really differs from mine. I’m more interested in modern streetwear whereas she’s comfortable with more traditional fashion. Ms. Learmonth told me “the clothing you’re interested in may be really difficult to find patterns for, so it’s important that you know how to make your own”. This lead me to learn more about patterns and sizing in my free time this past week.

 

Asking Questions

#1 Ask questions. Record them. Why did you ask these questions?

Q: How does sewing change depending on the fabrics you use?

A: Different fabrics require different needles, and sometimes even different threads and machines. Leather, for example, needs a totally different needle than typical cotton.

Fabric is really important when creating garments. When buying fabric for my own pieces, I wanted to know what things I needed to consider so I could make the best choice possible. I didn’t want to buy fabric and go home only to realize I needed an entirely different set of tools to work with it.

 

Q: How can you better represent fabrics when drawing in fashion?

A: The drape of fabrics is super important because it tells your customer what exactly their buying and how it might look on their figure. Focus on pulling things from your memory and applying it to your drawings. Think: “where would the fabric go? Where would it crease? Where would it hang?”.

If I ever want to get into the fashion industry, I need to know how to draw fashion. These are the basics I need to build on my skills. Drawing is the first stage of fashion production, and being able to represent your vision to others is essential.