Construction is the foundation of fashion design; it takes passion and great skill to turn a two-dimensional drawing into a successful garment.
Construction for Fashion Design guides readers through the process, teaching the theory, practical skills and techniques that they need to succeed. It leads readers through the essential stages of creating a garment, from pattern cutting and draping on the mannequin to sewing techniques and haberdashery.
This fully revised and expanded second edition features insightful case studies with leading creative practitioners at the cutting edge of the fashion industry today, complete with detailed, step-by-step exercises that enable readers to contextualise their knowledge and put it into practise for the creation of their own successful projects.
Anette Fischer is a lecturer in Fashion Design and Creative Pattern Cutting at the University of the Creative Arts, Epsom, UK. Kiran Gobin is a lecturer in Fashion Design at Middlesex University, UK
Introduction 1. Getting Started Pattern Cutting Tools and Equipment; Silhouettes; Sizing and Grading; Blocks and Patterns; Student Exercise; Case Study 2. Pattern Cutting How to Read a Design Drawing; Dart Manipulation; Slash and Spread; Sleeves; Collars; Pockets; Bias Cut; Fitting the Toile; Laying a Pattern on to Fabric; Student Exercise; Case Study 3. Garment Construction Tools for the Technique; Seams; Seam Finishes; Hand-Sewing Techniques; Student Exercise; Case Study 4. Surface-Specific Techniques Felted Fabrics; Lace; Leather; Fur; Knits and Stretch-woven Fabrics; Sequinned and Beaded Fabrics; Velvet; Transparent Fabrics; Student Exercise; Case Study 5. Haute Couture and Tailoring Haute Couture; Designing Haute Couture; Tailoring; Tailoring Techniques; Student Exercise; Case Study 6. Draping on the Mannequin Modeling Tools and Equipment; Grain Line and Draping; Draping Style; Geometric Shapes; Inspired Designers; Student Exercise; Case Study 7. Support and structure History of Supported and Structured Garments; Supporting Materials; Interlining/Fusing; Corsetry; Creating Volume; Student Exercise; Case Study 8. Finishes Linings; Facings; Fastenings; Haberdashery; Student Exercise; Case Study Conclusion Glossary Bibliography Useful resources Acknowledgements and picture credits