I’m learning a lot and so will you.
Developing training courses in the online fashion library membership site
I am often asked, “Can you teach me professional fashion pattern cutting or sewing sometimes both?” with the regular emails that I received from my audience requesting online classes constantly reassure me that there is a demand for my expertise that was part of the reason why I decided to create this online library. When I started out on this fashion library creation journey I had a few things in mind for the new membership site. The first was to make the online fashion library the place to go as well as learn fashion design, draping, pattern cutting and sewing to fashion industry standards. We aim to deliver content that is of value to our audience in addition to making our membership platform affordable. When I attended London College of Fashion in 1980 (back when Diana Ross was #1 with Upside Down), internships and placements had not come to fruition yet. However, I made use of the Yellow Pages and my home telephone once I had discovered my passion, ironically, on a bus journey through Oxford Street.
London College of Fashion – University of the Arts London
Over the years, collaborating with designers, fashion houses and teachers has expanded my skills and allow me to transfer my knowledge onto my students. For the best part of my life I’ve been creating lesson plans, teaching in both Further and Higher education (MA, BA, Diploma, Foundation, under and Post-Graduate Degrees) whilst collaborating with global luxury brands creating collections for fashion weeks, red carpet events, made-to-measure and one off commission pieces.
A lot of the time design students want to become fashion designers, but here’s the thing unless you want to launch your own label, there are only so many openings for these positions each year. You’ll find that design houses will have an army of pattern cutters collaborating alongside one or a group of designers working in different segments of the company, ie: main-line, bridal, active, eveningwear.
Tip: Learn everything you can on your creative journey. Why? Because you never know when that perfect job offers will come to life. Design houses, designers etc seek out those that can multi-task and get the job done.
My graduation collection: Machine embroidery incorporated into knitwear, with hats and bags.
Example: When I attended Fashion College I always made sure I was one of the first to complete a project. Why? As a child, I had my “fingers in many pies” (as they say). My mum taught me how to sew and my dad was a cobbler. Long story short, I’ve been surrounded by creative people from a young age. I carried this mentality through to adulthood making sure I stood out from other students. Why? Because it helped me remain focused on my end goal.
Designer, Creative Pattern Cutter | Certified Fashion Educator | Entrepreneur of 1stclasspatterns.com
I started to find it difficult, splitting my time with working as a designer, pattern cutter, teaching and developing my online fashion library. It was definitely time for me to sit down and decide which direction I wanted to pursue. As you probably have guessed, I decided to reduce the amount of time I spend in my other ventures in order to concentrate on my fashion library with my team. My dad celebrated his 84th birthday in August inspired me and said: “Whatever goals you have, do it now while you’re on the planet and while you are able to”.
The other reason I started the fashion training library was because I wanted to pass on my skills and knowledge I gained in the industry to future generations after working in nine industry sectors. Designers have expressed they are finding it hard to find multi-skilled creative pattern cutters, sample makers as well as several of the designers asked me to train their pattern cutters with my skills and knowledge from my time in the industry till now, and that’s a lot of years, needless to say, a lot of pattern cutters to train. Who would have thought!
Developing the fashion draping beginners video course – Lights | Camera | Action…
The first day I started filming the draping course for the fashion training library I had so many re-takes I was almost able to identify with what it’s like to be on a movie set… take 1… 07… 13… 🙂 On a serious note, having the camera positioned in front of me and creating the course was a daunting new experience for me. When your designing or creating patterns at work you just get on with, the same for teaching students I just did my thing. I constantly forgot where I was because I was distracted by the camera, crew as well as the lights.
Developing the beginners, intermediate and advanced levels courses
Now one of the best parts of my job is the opportunity to interact with you on a regular basis as well as creating the content for the growing online fashion library. I’m looking forward to getting to know where you are in your creative journey at the moment and how I can assist you to reach your ultimate goals. The online fashion library is shaping up nicely as you can see below with members like you joining from around the globe…
The online fashion training library was launched with the fashion draping course for beginners
My goal is to help you achieve your goals, create a pathway in the fashion industry or project . . . starting with the foundation in the online fashion library that leaves no guesswork and sets the stage for your success in the industry or your projects! We provide you with easy to follow step-by-step video tutorials, training materials, feedback, ongoing support and much more to fashion industry standard.
It’s your moment, make it count!