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Fashion Design and Making Summer School (16-18 Year Olds)

Fashion Design and Making Summer School (16-18 Year Olds)

London College of Fashion
Taught by
Claire Porter


If you are considering entering into the world of fashion and textiles then this exciting workshop will offer insight into how designers research, record and communicate their ideas.

You will start the week with a trip to a London museum or current exhibition, accompanied by LCF tutors who will guide you in creating your own sketchbook full of research and inspiration. Back in the classroom, you’ll use the collected research to begin creating your own designs on paper, you’ll then select your chosen design /detail and develop these onto mannequin stands to create sculptural outfits.  You’ll move on to look at fashion figures and how to create your own templates which you will then use to draw outfits inspired from the work on the stand.  You’ll also make stencils based on the designs you have created to be used to print your own t-shirts. You’ll be taken step by step through the t-shirt printing process as well as being shown how to use various embellishment techniques such as foils.

For the second week you will be working from a standard size 12 skirt template (block). Following tutor demonstrations you’ll be shown how to manipulate and alter the block to create three different skirt styles. You’ll then choose one style to make your own pattern from scratch, developing it as you go. You’ll create a working toile to test your pattern and then alter as necessary to ensure a good fit.  You’ll also be shown how to use the sewing machines and what types of stitches to use to assemble your skirt. Finally you’ll also be introduced to different types of beading techniques, which you can then select to decorate your skirt.

Topics include:

  • Fashion drawing: learning to capture movement and gestures
  • Drawing clothes from a stand onto templates: understanding drape and volume
  • Mood boards: colour, theme and style
  • Fashion illustration: developing your own drawing style
  • T-shirt printing: stencilling, screen printing and heat transfer
  • Taking measurements, preparing fabric, laying and cutting
  • Dart manipulation, pivoting and slashing
  • Pattern testing and sample making
  • Introduction to using a domestic sewing machine: what stitches to use with what fabric
  • Investigating various beading embellishment
  • Customising your own garment
  • Garment assembly: sewing, pressing and finishing techniques

Course overview:

   Week 1: Week 2:
 Monday Accompanied field trip to museum or exhibition in London Pattern manipulation using a standard size 12 skirt block
 Tuesday Creating fashion figures using templates Completing toile of your skirt
 Wednesday Selecting successful paper details Constructing final skirt
 Thursday Screen printing Introduction to embellishment
 Friday Completing sculptural paper forms on the mannequins Embellishing the skirt and adding finishing touches.

You will develop research and creative thinking skills in this series of workshops and be introduced to the practical areas of fashion design and construction which will form the foundation for any future design based work.

What are the benefits of attending a Summer School at LCF?

This course will allow you to experiment with new techniques, build confidence, acquire new skills and be inspired to learn more. It's also a great way to meet like-minded friends from around the world. In addition, you'll leave the course with:

  • Sketchbook full of ideas and inspiration
  • Final mood board including figure templates
  • A selection of embellishment samples
  • Two hand printed t-shirts of your own design
  • Working pattern and toile
  • Completed final skirt pattern
  • Completed hand embellished garment


Beginners. You should have an interest in the subject area and a desire to learn but no previous experience is required.


Your course place is confirmed once you have booked online or via the phone using a credit or debit card. There is no deadline for booking. Places are offered on a first come, first served basis, and all courses have a maximum number of students. We suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.


Please note: University Halls of Residence accommodation is available for under 18s during the Summer period. The only hall of residence available to under 18s travelling independently is Sketch House. You MUST enter the code Youth when making your booking online. Find out more about short course summer accommodation at UAL.

Tutor Description

Claire Porter undertook a Theatre Studies and Costume Interpretation course at London College of Fashion before beginning her career as a costume assistant at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. During this time she was a costumer assistant in men's soft tailoring department creating costumes for The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet. Since 1998 Claire has been a freelance Costumier for men's and women's period and contemporary costumes for theatre, films and television. Her clients have included: The Royal Opera House, English National Opera, The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, English Touring Opera, Opera Kent, English Chamber Opera, Garsington Opera, BBC, Thames Television, Shakespeare’s Globe, Comic Strip Productions, Hat Trick Productions, The Art of Being (Couture) Bill Kenwright Ltd, Clonter Opera Theatre, Royal Academy of Music, UK Foundation for Dance, Lyric Opera of Chicago, E15 Acting School, The Green and Lewisham Community Theatre Trust, The Wrestling School and Emergency Exit Arts. Claire teaches fashion realisation, garment production and corsetry on a number of London College of Fashion Short Courses and Study Abroad programmes.


Notepad and pen, a camera/phone with camera (to take photos of work). A full sewing kit is provided on the first day and is included in the course fee. This includes fabric shears, small sharp pointed scissors, stitch ripper and fine steel pins.

As part of your research you will be required to do some printing. Please bring a small amount of cash to the course on your first day to credit your printing account.  It is unlikely you will need to spend more than £5.

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