Did you achieve your arts challenge?
My arts challenge was to design and make an items of clothes using a sewing machine, which I have definitely achieved as I have made some shorts which I can wear.
Did you have to change your action plan or your challenge in any way? If so, what changed and why?
I think in some ways I was very lucky being able to attend the Summer Fashion School in London https://www.summerfashionschool.com as I had teachers on hand to guide me through the process, as much of it was completely new to me. I didn’t really have to change my action plan, although originally I thought I might make a skirt. I decided to make some shorts, as I knew I would wear them more, especially as it has been so hot.
What went well? Why?
I really enjoyed learning about fashion designing, how to draw bodies using the 9 head technique and coming up with my own designs. I love drawing and using colour, so felt very comfortable doing this, even if I struggled with the legs and shoes at the start.
What was more challenging? Why?
The actual sewing part was really tricky, as there were so many new things to learn. I have never used a sewing machine, so first had to learn how to thread it, make it work with the foot pedal and sew in a straight line. Pinning and sewing the shorts together was also frustrating at times, as I caught two layers of fabric together a couple of times, and had to spend ages unpicking the stitches and doing it again. I would also sew on the trims as I am going along, rather than wait until the end. With the legs in particular, sewing on the trim as I was making it up, would have been easier if I hadn’t already done the side seams.
What have you learnt from doing your arts challenge?
I have learnt:
- How to write a blog on Voice and upload it,
- How to use a sewing machine,
- How to make my own patterns and copy patterns,
- How to use an overlocker,
- How to insert a zip,
- How to sew a seam,
- How to add a trim,
- How to produce a costing sheet,
- How to draw a figure illustration using the 9 head technique,
- How to add a pocket.
What would you do differently another time?
I would sew the lace on before I sewed the side seams.
Next I would like to make a shirt and learn how to insert a sleeve and add a collar.
What arts skills would you like to develop next?
I want to continue to develop my drawing skills using different materials such as charcoal and watercolours. It would also be fun to have a go a screen printing and learn about different printing techniques.
What did other people think of your arts challenge?
Most people said my sketch book was the best and that I had added a lot of detail. Kerry said shorts were a good idea for a first project and she was very impressed with my positive attitude and willingness to listen and learn.