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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, Heidi Stokes, Kavita Kumari


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 working from a standard size 12 skirt pattern developed from the first week design development. Following tutor demonstration, you will be shown how to take body measurements and alter the skirt template(block) to your own size. 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 fabric manipulation techniques, which you can then select to decorate your skirt.

Topics include:

  • Looking at the design research process
  • Developing a design collection
  • Building sculptural fashion details
  • T-shirt printing: stencilling, screen printing and heat transfer
  • Taking body measurements
  • Altering skirt block to own size
  • Preparing fabric, laying and cutting
  • Garment assembly: sewing, pressing and finishing techniques
  • Introduction to using a domestic sewing machine: what stitches to use with what fabric
  • Investigating fabric manipulation techniques
  • Customising your own garment

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 Looking at the design research process Skirt Development and Construction

Creating a skirt pattern out of paper which will be made in fabric the following week. Building individual sculptural details on to paper skirt creations

Constructing final skirt
 Thursday Screen printing Introduction to embellishment
 Friday Learning how to develop techniques to establish design ideas based on research Building a design collection 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
  • Developing a design collection based on research and 3D work on the stand
  • 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.

Heidi Stokes has taught at London College of Fashion for 15 year and is Practitioner in Residence for the International Preparation for Fashion (Certificate in Higher Education) course and part time BA flexible learning programme. Part of her new role has been being taken on as an artist to broaden creative thinking and help spark creative minds to think outside the box. Since completing an MA in Fine Art Heidi has exhibited at numerous events and exhibitions including Anima Call 2011 at the Contemporary Art Centre in Athens, Cologne OFF VII International Video Art Film Festival and has screened at the Rich Mix cinema in Bethnal Green.

Kavita Kumari, began her career as a freelance Print Designer in Fashion & Interiors, selling at Indigo, Premiere Vision and in New York to Calvin Klein after graduating from Central Saint Martins with a BA Honours in Textile Design: Print.  Kavita has since held several independent and collaborative exhibitions combining her skills as a Painter and Textile Designer, which led to commissions for Jujus and Village Underground for corporate events and new graduate designers. She maintains a strong connection with the UAL through her position as a Specialist Teaching and Learning Print & Dye Technician at London College of Art and Chelsea School of Art.  Kavita has a PG Cert in Higher Education and an MA in Academic Practice for Art, Design and Communication and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Kavita teaches Freehand Drawing for Textiles, Silk Screen and Hand Painting for Textiles, Natural Dyes and Fashion Design & Making Summer School (16 – 18 Year Olds) for UAL Short Courses.


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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