Couture designers such as John Galliano and Vivienne Westwood often work in half-scale when generating ideas for garments that use a lot of cloth. As a feature of this beginners bridal-wear course, you will make your own half-scale tailors dummy and use it to create a vintage style, portfolio-size, wedding dress...
Taught by: Rowena Luke-King.
Couture designers such as John Galliano and Vivienne Westwood often work in half-scale when generating ideas for garments that use a lot of cloth. As a feature of this beginners bridal-wear course, you will make your own half-scale tailors dummy and use it to create a vintage style, portfolio-size, wedding dress.
The first three days of the course will focus around making your dummy. You will visit the college library to explore volumes of 1940's, 50's and 60's Vogue and learn how to use simple fashion design development techniques to articulate your ideas.
Later in the week you will work on a series of sewn samples as you learn to stitch by hand and machine the different types of seams and finishes used on popular bridal-wear fabrics today.
The second week will start with an introduction to basic pattern cutting techniques, toile production and modelling on the stand. You will adapt standard half-scale patterns to the specifications of your own design; make a calico toile, fit it to your own tailors dummy and once perfected use this toile to create your final paper pattern.
Towards the end of the second week we will visit the shops on Berwick Street where you will be advised on the best fabrics to buy for your design. You will carry out stitch and garment construction tests to establish what linings and inter-linings to use and spend the last week of the course concentrating entirely on the making of your finished dress.
You will be introduced to different decorative techniques such as beading and appliqué; learn how to insert an invisible zip and how to use 'Rigelene' and 'Crin' for shaping and extra support.
Technical support on the college industrial sewing machines is available for the duration of the course.
Who should take this course?
It is perfect for fashion students wishing to embark on a career in bridal-wear.
Entry requirements: No previous experience is needed.
Please note that you will not be making a full scale or corseted wedding dress on this course.
For more information, please visit: http://www.rowenalukeking.com/central-saint-martins/#couture-bridalwear
Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older
Please bring with you to the first session:
- A3 layout pad
- Small plain page notebook
- HB pencil
- Pencil sharpener
- Glue stick
- Masking tape
- Paper scissors
- A pattern master (or 18 inch ruler and set square)
- Fabric scissors
- Embroidery scissors
- Box of pins
- Reel of white cotton
- Selection of household needles
- Dressmakers tracing wheel
- Tape measure
- Seam gauge
- Stitch ripper
- Trick marker
- Aqua trick marker