Fabrics for Fashion Design: Essential Learning for Designers
What you'll learn
- Learning Categories of Fabric Construction: Wovens vs Knits.
- Characteristics and properties of the different types of fabrics: Fiber Content.
- Choosing the appropriate fabric for a specific design: Top weight vs Bottom weight.
- Creating a design using fabric as inspiration: elevate your creativity by letting the fabric inspire you.
- Developing a group or collection using a fabric design: How to use fabric color and patterns to develop a collection.
- Establishing a Theme for your collection: What is a Theme?
- Learning How to Distress and Tie-dye Denim jeans.
- Exploring using layers of fabric to create a "new" fabric/look.
- No requirements necessary, simply a love for fashion and learning the fabrics/textile aspect of it.
This Course defines the different types of Fabrics and how to use them in developing a design, a group, or a collection. In this Course you learn fabric's Characteristics and Properties and Categories such as Knits, Woven and Non-Woven; analyzing fibers: Natural and Man-Made Fibers; Plant-based and Animal-based Fibers; and different types of Weaves.
This Course will not only educate you, but also inspire you to approach Fashion Designing from a different perspective: using fabrics as a source of inspiration to create your designs and develop a group or collection.
I will show you (by draping fabrics on a dress form), how different fabrics "react/behave".
This Course includes topics such as:
Natura vs Man-made Fibers
Woven vs Knits
Different types of weaves: Oxford, Twill, Herringbone, Flannel, Popeline
Grainlines: Warp and Weft
Fabric Nap as in fabrics such as: Velvet, Corduroy, Velour, Velveteen
"Life" and Process of fabric: Greige Goods. Finishing Mills. Converters. Vertical Mills. Distributors. Jobbers.
Properties of Fabric: Weight, Drape, Construction, etc.
Sustainable and Organic fabrics for an eco-friendly environment.
How different Fabrics "behave": Chiffon, Canvas/Taffeta, Organza, Felt, Jersey.
Color and its importance in the context of fabric selection
Using Fabric as a Source of Inspiration in Designing
Choosing a Theme for your Collection: What is a Theme?
How to distress Denim (jeans); as well as creating a Tie-dye look
Fabric is one of the most important element in fashion designing and learning the different types of fabric is essential in creating a successful collection.
You will learn how to distress fabric (denim) to create a unique and individual fabric surface design. And you'll learn how to Tie-dye jeans.
You will see how designers use several layers of fabric to create a "new" fabric/look.
I will also include a great website regarding sustainable eco-friendly fabrics, where you can learn in-depth the environment and how the fashion industry effects its health;
I will include the name of a terrific Textbook that has swatches in it, so that you can actually "touch/feel" the fabric.
Choosing a Theme when starting a Fashion Collection is important in focusing on a design direction and establishing a cohesive group.
You will learn the importance of color when choosing fabric in designing a collection; the different "shades" of a color, known as "value", is something that every fashion designer must be familiar with and train the eye to recognize all the subtle difference in color hues.
If you have taken any of my other Fashion Design Courses, such as Sketching, Draping, Pattern Making, etc. this Fabric Course will add a new and important element to your proficiency in Fashion Designing.
Most professional fashion designers start with fabric: selecting and choosing the right fabric(s) for their collection. In most cases, fabric is the first step in designing a fashion collection.
Fabric and Textile: …2 words that are interchangeable, meaning I will be using them in place of each other (they have similar meaning).
You will see that the textile industry works way ahead of everybody else…. they know what you will be wearing 2-3 years from now….….they have to create new colors… new fibers, etc…
You will learn about FIBER Content … (what is) Fiber: is a filament, a thread, a thread-like piece, … and we’ll start by dividing Fibers into 2 categories: Natural Fibers… and… Man-Made Fibers
Starting with Natural Fibers… they also can be broken down into 2 categories: Plant based … and… Animal based Fibers.
We also have minor categories called Specialty Yarns or Novelty yarns, where the yarn is irregular… on purpose…, or have a unique quality to it… where the yarns might have loops in the middle of the yarn… etc...
You will learn that when the fabric has been woven or knitted, …that initial piece, that initial roll of fabric is known as GREIGE Goods……. it is RAW fabric so to speak.
You will learn the different qualities of fabric, such as: weight, drape, durability, softness, construction, breathability, and the "hand" of the fabric.
As fashion designers, we are all conscious and aware of our planet and its environmental issues. We have a moral obligation to protect the environment and promote sustainable development for future generations. Sustainable fabrics… and eco friendly fashion… what does this all mean? Why is this so important? Because the type of fabric used to make a garment, will affect how much damage it causes on the environment. When it comes to pollution, the fashion industry is one of the largest contributors in the world.
You will be educated in using eco-friendly fabrics that will not hurt the environment, and empower you to make a positive difference in the lives we live and ultimately making a difference in the health of our planet.
This course will inspire you to be a better designer and at the same time empower to be more conscious of the designing process. You will learn to use the right fabrics for the right use. You will see, for example, how the use of leather (in the manufacturing process) is different from using fabric.
You will learn how to let fabric be a source of inspiration, by using fabric and through the process of draping, you can create a new design.
Who this course is for:
- Beginners and intermediate fashion designers.
- Anyone who wants to learn about fabrics, whether you're a designer or a buyer or simply interested in learning a new area of the fashion industry.
My passion is to inspire and empower you to live your best version. Using fashion as a vehicle to educate, inspire and transform your life -- ultimately, strive for excellence.
~~ A fashion industry expert -- from concept to completion: from Vision Boards to Pattern Drafting, to Tech Packs, to Social Media.
~~ As a former Instructor and Curriculum Development Coordinator of the Fashion Design program at FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, LA) all my fashion design skills and experience are put into practice and into my Courses.
~~ As a Consultant for SAMSUNG C&T America, I have the opportunity to introduce new Brands to Samsung's infinite available resources to elevate Brands to global visibility.
~~ Born and raised in ROME (Italy), speaking Italian was an asset while working at RALPH LAUREN, when responsibilities included supervising samples manufactured in Italy.